3 Ways to Combat Chapped Hands This Winter

winter skin care rochester | hand care rochester nyTaking care of your skin is one of the things that is often neglected— especially when it comes to taking care of the skin on your hands. And with freezing temperatures upon us, your hands can quickly become dry, chapped, and can even start to bleed. Whether you are getting hand surgery done by The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester or not, it’s important that you keep your hands moisturized and healthy during the cold winter months. Read on to learn more about ways you can do so.

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

We cannot emphasize it enough; moisturizing your skin is the best way to protect them from becoming excruciatingly chapped. Your hands can not only become chapped because of the cold, dry weather but also through excessive hand washing. That’s why we encourage all of our patients to use a moisturizing cream morning, night, and after every time you wash your hands. When shopping for a moisturizing hand cream, look for one that is fragrance-free because sometimes the fragrance lotions contain alcohol which can burn your dry hands.

2. Cover Them Up

Another thing that you can do to protect your hands this winter is to cover them up when you go outside. By wearing gloves on your hands, you can shield them from the harsh, cold winter winds that can make your hands burn. To make sure that you don’t forget your gloves, try carrying a pair with you in your purse, bag, or the pockets of your coat.

3. Wear Vaseline

Vaseline isn’t just ideal for treating chapped lips. In fact, Vaseline can be used to treat other parts of the body as well— including your hands. To help lock in the moisture, place a thin layer of Vaseline on your knuckles every night before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, you will surely notice a difference.

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Take care of your hands this winter by using the tips listed above. If you would like to learn more about other ways that you can take care of your skin or hands, contact The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester today!