Winter-dry hands are the bane of my life. Actually, my hands year-round are a nightmare (that makes it sound like they are some sort of uncontrollable part of my body, they’re not – they’re just dry). Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had really dry skin on my hands – to the point that when I was younger they would get so dry that the skin could sometimes crack and bleed. Sexy, I know. As a result, as I’ve gotten better over the years at looking after them, I’ve found a few product gems that help keep the dryness at bay. Sure, my hands still look a bit like an old ladies, after so many years of them being so dry this doesn’t really surprise me, although I do wish it was something I could change. But on the plus side, they no longer get to the point of being uncomfortably dry – and progress should never be sniffed at! With that in mind, here’s a little run-down of some ‘helping hands’ I’ve been using recently.
Liz Earle Supserskin Hand Serum* (£17.50 John Lewis)
Not the cheapest of products in the bunch, but one that I find is a good ‘add on’ for when you want an extra boost of moisture. Maybe you have a great cream year-round, then add this into the routine for the colder months to keep moisture levels topped up. It’s definitely more of a serum, with a lighter texture – and as such, for me it isn’t enough on it’s own. But combined with a good hand cream, this stuff is gold. Well worth shelling out for too, as it lasts ages.
Rituals Miracle Balm* (£10 Rituals)
This gem is one of two Rituals products that my hands are loving. This arrived in the Glossy Box December box and is without a doubt one of the products to arrive in a beauty box that I’ve been most impressed with. It’s a very thick glycerine cream that is ideal for very dry hands (hello!) with absorbs quickly and easily. Maybe it’s just my super-dry hands but I find that I tend to ‘layer’ this a bit, the serum, plus a couple of applications of the Miracle Balm at night for a sleeping-beauty trick. I’ve also, for my day to day handbag been really loving the
Superdrug Problem Cuticles Cream (around £3 Superdrug)
Along with dry hands, naturally comes dry cuticles. This was a little impulsive lunch break purchase that’s actually blown me away with how impressed I am with it. It’s a moisturiser/AHA exfoliator in one. So it hydrates, but also using AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) to chemically exfoliate and shed dead skin cells. Also known as removing cuticles. It was one of very minimal nail products I took away on holiday with me and it kept my hands and nails in decent shape (the only other things I took where clippers and a file – keeping it simple). I found this out-performed many more expensive products I’ve tried, and I for one am hooked. It’s a handbag essential now.
Cuticura Anti-Bacterial Hand Serum* (around £2 Superdrug)
This is one of those non-glam things that I sort of hate, but also really appreciate. It makes me feel a bit OCD, but then it only takes a few gross sneezes being too close for comfort on the tube before you will be reaching for this and making it your new best friend. The key difference with this one is that it’s alcohol free and a serum, rather than a gel. Which basically means skin feels much more looked after, rather than parched of moisture, rather than just wiping out bacteria and grossness. No, it’s not glam – but it’s an essential.
Method Pink Grapefruit Handwash* (£2.49 John Lewis)
Finally, the handwash – this is the lovely Pink Grapefruit Handwash from eco-friendly household product brand, Method. I love pink grapefruit, it’s one of my all time favourite scents and this handwash is a gem because it manages to leave skin clean and fresh, without being harsh and stripping all the hydration out. Plus the tear-drop shape bottle is cute, and looks nice on display at home. Method also have some great home products, but more on them when it comes to time for Spring clean (maybe the reason I have Grandma hands is because I am a bit of a Grandma…)!
My final little tip for dry hands, is to exfoliate them! Grab your favourite body scrub, apply to dry hands and scrub all over. Rinse excess scrubby bits off (technical term) then apply your serum/balm/handcream. Then if you’re feeling really pampering-tastic, stick on a pair of cotton gloves whilst you sleep! Also, before you do the washing up – slather on a thick coat of moisturiser under your rubber gloves – your hands will thank you for it after!