How To Get Rid Of Dry Skin And Maintain Soft Hands All Winter

No more hiding your weathered hands in shame.

Rushing out of the door on frigid mornings without gloves, constantly washing our hands in warm water and smoothing on not-so-moisturizing lotions has wreaked havoc on our skin. So we'll desperately try just about anything to get soft, sexy hands again.

Birchbox editorial director Mollie Chen can relate to our winter skincare struggle. In the video above, she shows us a few ways to keep our hands soft all season long.

To prevent skin from drying out, you'll want to cleanse with a moisturizing soap that'll soften hands. Next, apply a hydrating cream while hands are still slightly wet, as it will penetrate into the skin better. If you want an overnight treatment, heat up a pair of cotton socks in the microwave for 10 seconds. Then, apply a thick hand cream, slip the socks onto your hands and head to bed. In the morning, rub in the remaining moisturizer. Short on time? Target extra dry spots and cuticles with a hand salve.

Do you suffer from extremely dry hands? What works best for you during winter? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

This piece was originally published on December 27, 2012.

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