As if the frost on the pumpkin wasn’t a telltale sign that the weather beacon is changing, the stores are already decking the halls — which is an additional reminder that holiday party season is right around the corner. But if you’re still sporting a peeling pedi reminiscent of the last days of summer and your cuticles are starting to resemble the fringe on your fall jacket, it’s time to repair, restore, and protect your hands and feet amidst the crisp temps. Along with taking BioSil Hair, Skin, and Nail Vegetarian Capsules to boost keratin production and support healthy nail growth, here are some tips for taking care of your hands and feet despite the change of seasons.
- Invest in a humidifier. Dry air depletes the skin from moisture which can lead to parched, irritated hands, cracking cuticles, and a aged appearance. The bedroom is one of the best places to place such a device.
- Don’t overly wash your hands. While you definitely don’t want to be unsanitary, (think post-bathroom, before and after cooking, sneezing or coughing, being around ill individuals, handling animal waste/animals, touching garbage, taking public transportation, etc.), overwashing your hands diminishes natural oils, so make sure you’re sudsing up with a purpose. Opt for a fragrance-free formula (essential oils are fine) made with hydrating and protective ingredients such as lanolin, glycerin, shea butter, olive oil, and aloe.
- Follow up every hand washing with a hearty dose of hand cream or butter — thinner lotions won’t be as effective. Choose a formula with ingredients like dimethicone, coconut oil, shea butter, glycerin, lactic acid, and urea as your hands are more apt to stay hydrated and protected through a handwashing or two, should you not have access to your cream.
- Up the ante with an application of hyaluronic acid (capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture) or a nourishing oil. While cuticle oil is encouraged, why stop there when you can hydrate your entire hand with one of these power ingredients? You’ll also be providing antioxidant protection and strengthening the barrier of the skin. For best results, follow up with an application of hand cream to seal in the moisture.
- Throw on a pair of moisturizing cotton gloves. If you’re chilling in front of the tube or can tolerate an entire night with these protectors on your mitts, hydrating gloves are like a mini spa treatment — just make sure you slather on oil or hyaluronic acid and cream first.
- Opt for an antibiotic cream if all else fails. If small cracks turn into fissures and the burning becomes unbearable, apply a topical antibiotic such as Neosporin prior to your oil and/or cream for added relief.
- Keep your feet clean and dry. If you live in a climate that’s perpetually wet and/or is prone to sleet and snow, do invest in a solid pair of waterproof boots and several pairs of moisture wicking socks to match. Dry and clean you feet as often as possible as to reduce the risk for bacteria buildup and prevent chapping — cold and wet tootsies are more prone to redness and irritation.
- When choosing socks, go au naturale. To help with the tip above, opt for cotton or wool varieties versus synthetic blends as they are more absorbent and are more apt to wick away moisture.
- Do a DIY foot soak. While there’s nothing wrong with whipping up a simple sugar or salt foot scrub (approximately ¼ to ½ cup of sugar or salt, one-to-two drops of an essential oil such as tea tree and enough of an oil like coconut to make a paste), a Listerine soak (yes, really), gently removes dead skin and keeps fungal infections at bay. Simply mix one cup of Listerine with one cup of white vinegar and two cups of warm water in a tub deep enough to properly submerge your feet. Soak for about 30-40 minutes. Pat free dry and remove any remaining dead skin with a pumice stone.
- Apply a heel balm every single night. Unlike an all over body moisturizer, heel balms are formulated to soften, hydrate, repair, and exfoliate tough heels, thanks to ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy and salicylic acids. Apply a generous layer to clean and dry feet on a nightly basis — ideally, along with a pair of cotton socks.