healing for winter hands

For some reason, winter in southeast Texas always takes me by surprise.  What, winter means its cold outside?? I didn’t sign up for this!  Here we are used to hot hot weather and 150% humidity, burning our skin on the leather seats of our cars and days where it is actually too hot to swim in a pool.  But those days are not here yet, and this “arctic blast” as everyone is calling it, is taking its toll.

People up north would think we are nuts.  It’s like we literally don’t know what to do in cold weather.  The rolling black outs have not helped either.  Stores and street lights were shut down, and people are talking about getting off of work early because there might be a possible chance of some sleet or (gasp!) maybe snow.  While I am nestled snugly in my house with no real need to be outside in the cold weather, my skin is somehow still reaping the effects of this very dry cold spell.  Lotions and creams do pretty much zip when it comes to this kind of dry skin weather, so I made up an extremely easy remedy that really helps.

All you’ll need is about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (any kind, even almond oil) and about 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar.

Mix together to form a kind of paste.  Wet your hands slightly and take any jewelry off.  Coat hands and gently massage working the scrub and oil especially over fingers and knuckles.  The oil is a perfect moisturizer and the brown sugar is a great scrub to get off any dead skin cells (plus it just smells yummy!)  Rinse under warm (NOT HOT) water until all is off, but don’t use soap and don’t try to get all the oil off either.

Yay! You’re done, and for me this helped so much.  The oil really sinks in and acts like a moisturizer but I followed up with a very thick cream or emollient on my hands afterwards.

So while this cold weather might last a couple more days, at least your hands will never know it!


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