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How to make your skin tender and healthier in winter

Dania Manal, Lifestyle

Are you suffering from a dry skin in the harsh weather? Are you looking for methods that moisturise your skin, additionally making it tender and healthier from within? Then look no more because here are some great tips to help get you winter-ready and also help to nourish your skin further!

During winter, when the air gets too cold, it loses its ability to contain moisture as the temperature drops too low. As a result, winter air becomes dry and mercilessly seizes moisture from everything it touches. Your exposed skin, most undeniably the one covering your hands, can thus become an unfortunate victim.

To avoid or heal cracked hands in winter, simple measures such as wearing gloves when you go out and washing them less often are both quite helpful. Washing your hands is an activity hard to stop though. Fortunately, washing with a soap containing petroleum jelly is a safer option as normal soaps can dry your skin significantly.

Wash your hands with lukewarm water and a mild soap for roughly 20 seconds. Dry them thoroughly, but not vigorously, to make sure there is no lingering dampness within the cracks of your fingertips. Then apply petroleum jelly to lock the moisture from within.

Petroleum jelly helps your skin seal in the moisture and heals it from within. It accelerates the skin's natural process of sloughing off the dead skin cells and creating new ones.

If your skin is naturally dry, avoid cleaning agents in the winter as they contain harsh chemicals that can make your skin rougher than it already is and can also create painful cracked fingertips.

Wear a pair of gloves while using the cleaning chemicals to decrease any ill effects. Apply a generous coat of petroleum jelly after you are done cleaning to rehydrate your skin.

While outdoors for a long period of time, do not forget to apply a good lotion or petroleum jelly all over your skin. However, that might not be enough to make your skin regain its tenderness. Afterwards, when you are home, an overnight healing treatment can prove great for that cause.

Apply petroleum jelly or a deep moisture creamy formula like the one Vaseline offers to your hands before going to bed and put on a pair of cotton gloves. When you wake up the next morning, they would be soft and smooth as velvet!

In a country such as ours where temperatures drop sharply, every precaution should be taken to care for our skin. The "Wonder Jelly" is the ideal product you can have in your nightstand during harsh winters.