The Art of Gorgeous Hands

Winter equates to dry skin for many of us, which means it’s more important than ever to take care of those cracked knuckles before the problem becomes worse. Here’s how to make sure your hands stay gorgeous and soft even in single-digit temps.

First things first…you need to moisturize. It’s fairly easy to get into this habit as temperatures drop because your hands severely suffer if you don’t. Dry air has a tendency to really wreak havoc on the skin, and if left alone your hands will start to feel dehydrated and itchy. They may even start to crack or peel. Avoid that whole scenario by investing in a high-quality product like Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream ($10.99), a rich moisturizer that sinks right in without leaving skin greasy or oily. It works continuously even after you wash your hands, and is designed to stand up to even the most brutally cold weather. Now that’s a superstar.

 

In addition to your hands, you might notice that your fingernails tend to dry out in the cold, too. Lack of moisture in the air aggravates the problem if your nails are already brittle, but even people with normally smooth nails may notice a change if they don’t show them some TLC during winter. Buffing Tweezerman’s Dual Nail Brush ($6.89) over nails helps slough away those dry bits and reveals cleaner, smoother nails. And thanks to the ergonomic handle and oval shape, it’s easy to use and never gets tiresome.

 

Sometimes rough skin needs a little extra attention. A nourishing body scrub infused with natural sugars is a great way to slough away dead skin and reveal the fresh, new skin underneath. We love John Masters Organics Raspberry and Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), which gently eliminates dry spots while infusing skin with hydrating and healing oils that both brighten the skin (a must when your hands start to look a little dull in the winter) and leave them softer for longer.

 

After scrubbing, use a gentle hand soap that isn’t loaded with harsh detergents—those are a surefire way to dry out your skin even more. Check out NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Liquid Soap ($20.99), a light and nourishing product that leaves hands soft and smooth. It also infuses delicate hand skin with healing antioxidants that combat the harsh effects of nature’s free radicals, which can contribute to the early signs of aging. The scent is perfectly bright and uplifting for the season, too!

 

If your hands are in truly dire condition, you’ll need to kick your hand care game up a notch. A pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves ($32.99) works overtime to deliver intensive moisture to your hands. They’re made with grapeseed and ceramide gel, which deliver instant hydration. Although you can wear them for the recommended 20 minutes, you’ll reap greater rewards if you leave them on for longer—maybe while binge watching your favorite TV show or even while taking a nap. They’re perfect for maintaining your skin during the winter.

Quench Yourself from Head to Toe with These Hydrating Products

Summer, we hardly knew ya’. You’ll be back, obviously, but until then we need to bid farewell to one of the things we love most about you—supple, baby-soft skin. When weather turns cooler, our skin responds negatively. The result is rough, dry, sometimes scaly skin that just doesn’t seem to cooperate.

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At TheBeautyPlace.com, we have the answer—the antithesis to the cold-weather doldrums that threaten to wreak havoc on your skin. Here are several of our best moisturizing products, formulated to keep your skin soft all season long.

File this under Just-Can’t-Live-Without-It: Avene Cold Cream Nourishing Body Lotion ($25.99) is like the holy grail of moisturizers. Made with nourishing thermal spring water, it’s a potent lotion that sinks in deep to heal even the driest, most stubborn spots—think bumpy upper arms and rough hands. There’s no greasy finish, either; just smooth it on and go.

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Another reason this time of year is sort of a drag: it gets dark way too early. For that, we suggest combating your AM sluggishness with a hyper-moisturizing soap like this one from John Masters Organics ($7.89). Infused with rose geranium, lavender, and ylang ylang essential oils, it releases an intoxicating fragrance while delivering intensive moisture to your skin via palm oil, coconut oil, and cupuacu seed butter. The latter is derived from the Amazon rainforest, where it grows in abundance and is known for its healing properties (and some even think it might prevent wrinkles!).

If there’s one thing that really takes a beating at this time of year, it’s our hands. Due primarily to dry hair (and, yes, hand washing), it can transform your once totally healthy hands into a ravaged mess. You may even notice that your knuckles bleed from time to time. In an effort to avoid this once and for all, it’s time to get acquainted with Glo Minerals Luxury Hand Cream ($8.99). The soothing emulsion contains shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil, which collaborate to form an almost unstoppable shield that protects skin from damage while locking in moisture. Bonus points for the purse-friendly size—you can take this everywhere you go.

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Fall is not the time to stick with your tried-and-true, lightweight lotions. They work like a charm when it’s warm outside, but during these cooler months your skin likely demands something more luxurious. Enter Dr. Gross Hydra Pure Intense Moisture Cream ($73.29), a decadent treatment that’s known for its anti-aging properties and its ability to retain moisture. The Hydra-Pure Chelating Complex ™ is designed to prevent irritation and even breakouts, while vitamin C combats harmful free radicals and gives skin a firmer look while improving its elasticity. Soft, smooth, and line-free? You can’t ask for much more than that.

From your complexion to your feet, TheBeautyPlace.com has the products you need to keep you soft, supple, and gorgeous! And don’t miss our special event starting this Saturday, September 17. With any Skinmedica order of $180 or more, you’ll receive a Skinmedica gift with purchase!

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