Your hands and feet are undoubtedly the workhorses of your body. They do a tremendous amount and suffer the consequences. If you’ve got rough, dry hands and feet at this time of year, you need to know that you’re not alone. Winter is the worst time for your skin’s moisture, and it’s a peak time for cracked heels and painfully dry hands. If you’re looking to avoid it all as much as possible and somehow restore your paws to a touchable state, then read on. Here are 4 foolproof methods for softer hands and feet.
Fuzzy Socks and Exfoliation
There are many hand exfoliation products on the market, but you can DIY a hand and foot scrub at home, just by combining turbinado sugar, olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice for brightening. Scrubbing away the rough, dry and flaky skin is a great place to begin effective moisturizing. After exfoliating, apply a deeply penetrating shea or cocoa butter based hand or foot cream, and slide on fuzzy socks or gloves for overnight absorption. This brings us to the next method…
Part of the problem may be the kind of moisturizer you’re using. Recognizing the difference between mere lotion and creams and butters is just the beginning. For deeply penetrative and sealing hand and foot moisture, many swear by Vaseline or Bag Balm.
Try Paraffin Treatments
Fun fact – paraffin wax treatments were originally intended to treat arthritis in the 1950’s! Today they remain popular at nail salons to soften and moisturize hands and feet. Paraffin is an oil based wax. There ARE at home paraffin baths, but IMO it is best applied by professionals (as most beauty regimens involving hot wax tend to be). Your hands or feet will be dipped in wax a few times to ensure complete coverage, and then left to cool. The end result? Incredibly soft hands or feet.
Gel-Lined Gloves and Socks
Fuzzy socks are wonderful, but fuzzy socks lined with GEL? Heavenly for your feet. Many of the top gel gloves and socks are lined with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil or vitamin E. To step up your soft hands/soft feet program, check out the Bliss Softening Socks and Bliss Glamour Gloves.
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.