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    Dec 26, 2018

    21 Tips To Help You Wave “Bye” To Dry, Cracked Hands This Winter

    ♫ I've got 99 problems but dry hands ain't one. ♫

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    Honestly, your hands need some lovin' too! That's why we have some great tips and products to give you the *upper hand* this winter.

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    DRUMROLL, PLEASE:

    1. Apply sunscreen to your hands — it's that simple! Think about it. You put sunscreen on your face, legs, and arms, but you often neglect the body part you're using to apply sunscreen: your hands. Sun damage can lead to things like dark spots and uneven pigmentation. Need I say more?

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    Even if you're staying inside the office all day, there are sneaky UV rays that can still find their way to you. Check out BuzzFeed's 7-Day Better Skin Challenge for more beauty tips!

    This moisturizing sunscreen ($9.99 on Amazon) is enriched with vitamin E to prevent sun damage. It's also non-comedogenic, which means it doesn't clog up your pores! Woohoo! There's a reason why it's loved by over 1,400 five-star reviewers.

    2. Add a few drops of TruSkin hyaluronic acid that's loaded with vitamin C and E to your hands before applying lotion, cream, or oil — this way you can restore moisture back to your skin before locking it in with cream.

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    Hyaluronic acid is a substance that your body produces naturally. It has the ability to bind to water molecules, which makes it the holy grail in hydrating skincare products. Topically applying hyaluronic acid can help your skin replenish the moisture it needs and protect it against environmental aggressors. TL;DR — hyaluronic acid is pretty awesome.

    Promising review: "I use this on my face, neck, and the back of my hands, and it has worked wonders! My spots have lightened, my skin looks and feels smoother, and my fine lines have diminished. I read somewhere to apply it to damp skin so I lightly wet my skin all over before applying them, and they absorb better — no stickiness or dryness." —Kim W.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    3. Revive your hard-working hands with this super potent O'Keeffe's hand cream. The healing result from this cream is ~hands-down~ incredible.

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    Not to mention it has earned over 6,850 five-star reviews! Check out a BuzzFeeder's full breakdown about O'Keeffe's hand cream!

    Promising review: "Do you want to know how a lumberjack's hands feel after he runs his fingers through an angel's hair? USE THIS AND WONDER NO MORE. I've gotten compliments about how soft my hands are through handshakes at work." —Colt

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+.

    4. Increase the water content in the air with a ~handy~ Levoit humidifier to keep dry and itchy skin at bay. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the aroma tray for an extra boost of freshness.

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    This humidifier has three cooling mist options to control the desired moisture level. There's also an aromatherapy feature, which allows you to add your favorite essential oil through a tray.

    Try lavender oil ($7.99 on Amazon) with a soothing scent that'll help you get a better night's sleep, because this humidifier is also whisper-quiet!

    Promising review (for the humidifier): "This is, without a doubt, the best humidifier I’ve purchased. It is small, but packs a powerful punch. It's the quietest humidifier I’ve ever owned and one tank lasts a long time. I love the 360 degrees nozzle and it comes with a cleaning brush. Most importantly, my dry skin, chapped lips, and bloody noses have greatly improved." —Stacey Lorenz

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98.

    5. Lotion within five minutes of stepping out of the shower to optimize the absorption of skincare products — no rush, but apply this Advanced Clinicals coconut oil cream to your hands, face, hair, and elbows ASAP.

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    This cream is infused with coconut oil, aloe vera, lavender extract, and chamomile extract to hydrate, nourish, and soothe your skin. This cream is not only great for your skin, but for your hair as well; you can apply it as a conditioner to encourage luxurious locks!

    Promising review: "The condition and appearance of my skin has improved dramatically after using this for just a short period. I guess the thing that excites me most is that my skin is smooth, my scars have actually faded a bit, my skin has tightened up a little, and it restored some elasticity. I really love it." —Pinky

    Get it from Amazon for $12.92.

    6. And! Take the power of pure coconut oil to the next level by acknowledging all that it has to offer — from lubricating our hands to treating bug bites to *glowing up* our skin. This can DO 👏🏽 IT 👏🏽 ALL.

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    Check out more from Greatist for more ways to use coconut oil for everyday life.

    Coconut oil is hugely versatile! You can apply it topically, consume it, or even cook with it. This 100% organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil ($10.99 on Amazon) is loved by 13,400(!!!) reviewers.

    7. Sanitize your hands with some Dr. Bronner's organic hand sanitizer that's free from harsh chemicals — meaning your hands will be clean and refreshed.

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    It's worth mentioning that this product is made with only FOUR ingredients so it's incredibly simple yet effective. It's also organic, fair trade, cruelty-free, and uses 100% post-consumer recycled packaging!

    Promising review: "This is a great alternative to Purell that does not dry out, chafe, or cause hands/fingers to crack. It is gentle on the skin, non-greasy, and smells pleasant, as opposed to strong alcohol scents. I believe it's non-toxic, which is very important to me if used around children or animals." —

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.50.

    8. Worry not about cold hands while hand masking (yes, let's make hand masking a thing). This innovative Dr. Jart hand mask with thermotherapy technology heats up to keep you toasty while nourishing your skin, nails, and cuticles.

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    Promising review: "My hands were dry and rough before use, then baby soft after. Even my mother-in-law commented on how soft my hands are. The gloves get warm, not hot to me. I'm ordering more right now, then putting them in my girls' Christmas stockings." —sixftlori

    Get the hand mask from Sephora for $12.

    9. Get ~hands-on~ with this DIY recipe to make a cinnamon brown sugar hand scrub at home for some feel-good "me time" that can soften your precious hands.

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    Check out more from The Indian Spot for some hand care ideas.

    What you'll need:

    * 2 tbsp of brown sugar (to exfoliate)

    * 1 tbsp of olive oil (to moisturize)

    * 1 tsp of cinnamon (to promote skin softening and provide anti-microbial properties)

    Why exfoliate? Dead skin cells often pile up, which causes dullness and roughness on your skin's layers. They also block beauty products from thoroughly penetrating the skin. Exfoliating aids the shedding of these dead skin cells and promotes healthy glowing skin!

    10. Fear not if DIY isn't your middle name — this Tree Hut shea sugar scrub with eight amazing scents will do the trick. Don't forget to moisturize afterwards!

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    Promising review: "I have very itchy, dry skin. This helps moisturize my skin while satisfying the need to scratch. I’ve noticed my skin has become less itchy and less dry now after using this every other day for a few weeks. It’s really changed my skin for the better. My husband's skin, too. The smell is fantastic!" —Jamie

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $17.67+ (available in eight scents).

    11. Pamper your hands with a weekly Karuna hand mask routine. This is especially important during winter time when cold air just sucks away all the darn moisture.

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    Pssst, it's super cool that this mask is swipe-friendly — you can text while you mask! It's also made with 100% biodegradable natural fibers and can correct dark spots while restoring moisture!

    Promising review: "This mask is divine! My hands suffer during -30° Minnesota winters...ouch! They started to look rougher than they should with dry skin and redness. This mask plumped them back up and calmed the redness. I highly recommend!" —Beauty Addict

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    12. Protect your hands with Mr. Clean latex-free gloves when you wash dishes to prevent having uncomfortable soggy hands. I know from ~firsthand~ experience that nothing is worse than having pruney hands.

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    Promising review: "These are nice and soft inside, not hot nor sticky. They have nice long cuffs that could be flipped upwards to catch dripping water. The gloves hold on to dishes nicely. And even though they are lightweight and very flexible, they can protect your hands from hot water." —Elizabeth Pierro

    Get them from Amazon for $4.79+ (available in four sizes).

    13. Make sure you are using a plant-based, chemical-free Puracy dishwashing detergent that is gentle on your hands and tough on grease.

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    Promising review: "I've been using this for two months now and I love it! It has a citrus smell that I can't get enough of, it leaves my hands smooth, and it's effective at cutting grease to leave the dishes squeaky clean. And most of all, it's a U.S. product that's environmentally friendly!" —Loisaida

    Get it from Amazon for $7.15.

    14. Refrain from using boiling hot water to wash your hands or in the shower. That will only burn and create painful, dry hands. Also, just a sweet little reminder on how to wash your hands — correctly.

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    Check out a full guide on how to wash your hands properly — the more you know.

    15. And ease your mind when you wash your hands now — use Soapbox hand soap that infuses natural ingredients to reinvigorate your hand with moisture, instead of stripping it away.

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    Promising review: "It's a gentle soap that really cleans your hands and doesn't dry them out. I have eczema and this seems to be working well.

    The scent is also sublime, like something you'd expect at the Ritz or Four Seasons." —superfluouschap

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.97 (available in five scents).

    16. Save a step in the process of lotioning your skin, because as we all know, lotioning actually takes some effort. Use Nivea in-shower lotion to expedite your regimen.

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    This lotion absorbs instantly so there's no post-shower stickiness to deal with.

    Promising review: "I have issues with dry skin and eczema so I tried this product. My skin feels totally hydrated after I dry off and for the rest of the day. I have noticed that rough spots (elbows, for example) are completely smooth now. Plus it's perfect if you're going to spend the day at the beach, because it locks the moisture into your skin before you start applying sunblock. It also saves time, because you don't have to wait for the lotion to 'soak in.' Love it!" —Jaime K.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.12.

    17. Pat your hands dry gently with a cotton towel instead of rubbing them ferociously after you wash your hands to avoid irritating your skin.

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    Promising review: "I am obsessed with Turkish towels — they're pretty much all I use in my home. I was so pleasantly surprised with this set. They're super soft and very high-quality looking. They absorb great and dry quickly. " —K. Monroe

    Get a set of four cotton towels on Amazon for $22.90.

    18. Wear driving gloves to save your hands from the cold, cold wheel. In case you didn't know, UV rays can still penetrate the windshield to cause sun damage.

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    These gloves are touchscreen compatible so you can wear them as a daily accessory! There are two lining options: cashmere and fleece. A pair of driving gloves for warmer days are also necessary to keep your hands safe from chapping!

    Promising review: "These gloves are so luxurious! The leather is amazingly soft and supple. I can also easily use my iPhone when I have them on. The cashmere lining is very warm and soft. The packaging was so lovely that I had to keep the box."—lily lue

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five sizes and seven colors).

    19. Gift yourself a Burt's Bees hand repair set so no matter where you are in this busy world, you won't have to worry about ashy hands.

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    This set includes three hand creams: almond milk hand cream, lemon butter cuticle cream, and shea butter hand repair cream. Plus, it has cotton gloves for faster absorption.

    Promising review: "The gift set is great! I purchased this for myself, because I have incredibly dry hands; they crack in the winter and are very rough and dry all year round. The hand cream smells amazing. The lotion is thick and creamy, but not greasy — it soaks into your skin leaving them so soft. The repair cream has a nice tart smell to it, I use it on my fingertips because they're the driest part of my hand. Then I put the gloves on and sleep with them. By morning, my hands are as soft as silk! I rub the cuticle cream into my cuticles a couple of times throughout the day and I think my nails are growing stronger and thicker because of this. I can't rave enough about this set!" —Shopper10299

    Get it from Amazon for $12.68

    20. Reference this chart for different types of oils to remedy each skincare concern. Cure dry skin with rose oil and olive oil by simply mixing a few drops into your lotion or applying them on their own.

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    Check out a BuzzFeeder's tips and tricks on using oils to get rid of adult acne.

    This powerful oil blend ($14.99 on Amazon) is loaded with olive, lavender, almond, and grapeseed oil, and infused with vitamin E. This oil is formulated to hydrate, soften, and soothe all skin types. It even comes in a convenient spray bottle for an easy application!

    This rose oil ($16.99 on Amazon) provides an abundance of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to brighten and nourish the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness.

    21. Refrain from chipping and peeling dried, dead cuticles that have GOT TO GO. Treat yourself to some Leven Rose jojoba oil to maintain a flake-free fingernail.

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    Promising review: "This oil goes on easily and absorbs quickly. I coat myself with this after I shower. I had old stretch marks on my thighs which actually faded after putting this on. I also used this on my husband's sunburn/surfboard rash when we were vacationing in California, and it really helped soothe and lighten the redness. He also had no peeling afterward — he usually does. I also put this on my face/hands when they get really dry. I'm a nurse and the constant hand washing is hard on my hands. LOVE IT! " —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    Me, enjoying my sooooft hands:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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