I’ve had chronic dry skin for as long as I can remember. This was long before middle school when it was cool to douse yourself in Bath & Body Works cucumber melon lotion. I’m talking 5 years old and crying because the skin on the back of my hands was so dry it cracked and bled. While this isn’t a permanent fix, I’ve sworn by this method for years. If you have dry cracked hands and you’re on a tight budget, all you need to do is rummage through your linen closet.
My secret to getting rid of dry cracked hands in the winter? Gloves.
No, not those fancy spa gloves that are like a face mask for your hands. Latex (or similar alternative if you’re allergic) gloves are key to bringing your hands back from the dead. Remember that winter gloves will not cure your winter skin. The fabric fibers will absorb the product long before your skin does. Latex gloves act as a barrier so that your skin can absorb globs of lotion without making a mess.
Here’s what you need:
Gloves: I use powder-free latex gloves like you see doctors and nurses wear in exam rooms. You can get a box of 100 for less than $10. That’s literally 50 uses. And you don’t have to use them on your dry hands. I’ll use them when I’m giving my bathroom a good deep clean. Not sure what size to get? Unless you have child-sized hands, go with a medium. The small will still fit, but medium will cause less of a mess.
Lotion: Aveeno is my absolute favorite lotion. I’ve dabbled in many different brands and even different types of Aveeno, but Aveeno Daily Moisturizing (green) is. the. best. Already halfway through a bottle and don’t want to waste the rest? Girl, I don’t blame you. Just make sure that you’re using an unscented lotion. Those cute ones you get for Christmas dry your skin out more than it already is.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Take a pair of disposable latex gloves and stretch the wrists out. This will help prevent making a mess when you slide your hands it.
- Apply about a quarter to half-dollar sized glob of lotion to your hands. Distribute to both hands evenly, making sure to focus more on the backs of the hands than the palms.
- Carefully slide on gloves.
- Get a good night’s sleep and remove gloves in the morning. Wash your hands to get rid of the extra lotion.
I tend to do this once or twice a week to get rid of dry skin in the cold months. It’s the last thing I’ll do before going to bed, but don’t worry, you can still scroll through Instagram with your gloves on.
Other tips to preventing dry hands this winter
- Take a few extra seconds and dry your hands completely after washing them in a public restroom.
- Skip steamy showers. Bonus: This will also help keep frizz under control.
- Fight flu season and dry skin by investing in moisturizing hand sanitizer.
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water and tea.
- Wear gloves when you go outside to protect your hands from getting chapped from the wind.
- What’s your go-to method for avoiding (or curing!) dry winter skin?
- Is body lotion something you’d rather save or splurge on?