Reader Question: "The skin on my hands gets dry and cracked in the winter. How can I prevent this, and what's the best way to treat them once they're already bad?"
Exposing your hands to cold, dry air and washing with hot water are the two biggest dry-hand culprits. Wear gloves whenever you go outside — even if your hands aren't cold. The gloves help protect your skin from the elements.
After you wash your hands, get in the habit of always applying hand cream. Pat your hands dry with a towel and use a rich moisturizer that contains glycerin, which will help lock in moisture. Keep a mini tube of hand cream in your bag so you can keep up the ritual even when you're out.
If your hands are already in bad shape, wear cotton gloves when you sleep. Coat your hands in a rich moisturizer, then put on the gloves. You'll wake up with noticeably softer, hydrated hands.
Dawn Davis has written about beauty for magazines including Harper's Bazaar and Lucky, and was the beauty and fashion editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She joined Total Beauty in January 2012 as the NYC-based beauty editor.
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