Winter is a merry time for all of us owing to the holiday festivities and getting together with loved ones. Enjoying dinner parties, visiting Christmas markets and the holiday spirit in general really makes us all feel fuzzy and warm, despite the low temperatures. However, the cold and harsh winds can very easily wreak havoc to the skin, especially of our hands.
If not cared for properly, the hands can get exceptionally dry to the point of peeling, cracking and getting irritated. The nails too become brittle and are quick to break and chip. Having an effective hand and nail care routine in place will help to keep the hands feeling soft and smooth, and the nails feeling strong, so that there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying the holidays to the max.
If you’re interested to learn a few tips and tricks on how to go about doing so, keep on reading.
Don’t over wash
Excessively washing the hands can cause them to become dry, especially if the hand wash you’re using contains harsh chemicals and fragrances. It can strip the hands of its natural oils, leaving them feeling rough, dry and scaly. Try to limit the amount of times you wash your hands, and use a gentle hand wash to do so. Make sure the water is warm instead of dry as that too can cause dryness. Follow with a generous amount of hand cream each time to lock in moisture, making your hands feel soft and smooth.
Applying a hydrating and moisturizing hand cream often during the winter season helps to create a barrier which prevents moisture from escaping the skin. This allows the skin to heal and rejuvenate, instead of feeling dry and patchy. It is often during the harsh winter season that underlying skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis flare up. To soothe the redness and inflammation, applying a gentle hand cream should do the trick.
We recommend trying the Leovard Multicream, formulated using organic ingredients and herbal extracts that not only moisturize but also soothe irritated skin, keeping inflammation, redness and swelling at bay.
Use a nail oil
You’ve probably noticed that your nails chip more during the winter season, and that is due to them being dehydrated. Using a nail oil should do the trick and keep them from breaking often. Regular application of a good quality cuticle oil allows it to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, where it works its magic of hydrating and nourishing, making the nails stronger and healthier.
The Leovard Oil Fusion is a multipurpose oil, made up of a blend of eleven potent botanical oils, such as olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil. Each of these oils have nourishing, healing and hydrating properties and can work wonders in helping you take care of your nails and hands this winter season.
Keep them short
Another tip is to keep your nails an appropriate length instead of letting them grow too long. This prevents excessive chipping that can be quite a sore sight. Use a gentle nail file to get the job done and avoid deep filing the corners as it can weaken the nails further.
Use a gentle hand sanitizer
Given the pandemic, if there is one thing that you probably always carry in your handbag now, it’s a hand sanitizer. However, frequent use of sanitizers can strip the skin of it’s natural oils, and it’s not long before the skin starts to peel and become excessively dry. Not to forget the irritation it can cause to the cracked skin.
While water should be used whenever possible, it goes without saying that using a sanitizer may sometimes be the only way to cleanse the hands while out and about. A gentle hand sanitizer, like the Leovard Handsanitizer, which doubles as a hand lotion, can keep the hands feeling soft and smooth, despite frequent use. It’s made up of silver ions that effectively fight off germs and bacteria, as well as aloe vera, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Wear gloves or mittens
The last resort against the harsh winds is to keep the hands covered as much as possible using gloves or mittens. Be sure to use good quality fabric gloves as those made up of polyester and the like can worsen any skin allergies.
Your best bet to having soft, smooth and silky hands during winters is to take preventative steps and have a hand care routine in place, as mentioned above. The Leovard skin care solutions and products are made up of premium quality ingredients that give your skin the nourishment and care it deserves, helping you feel comfortable and at ease, always.