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How to Cure Dry Hands - Cold Weather Edition

The winter season is the worst season for dry hands. Those who have dry skin are probably already aware of this annual battle. If you have regular skin you may still notice that your skin is drier during the winter.

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

In the winter months humidity levels outside drop so the air becomes cold and dry. When the air is cold and dry, your hands become dry because the water in your skin evaporates more quickly. This creates dry hands that are irritated, itchy, and flaky. Cold and windy weather is especially tough on hands. The wind can add to the irritation by making dry hands chapped and cracked.

The irritation doesn’t end outside in the cold. Unfortunately, indoor heating can be drying too. Dry indoor air dries out your mucous membranes too which leads to dry lips, noses, and throats. Essentially, indoors and outdoors the chances are, your skin will be facing some powerful drying air. Fortunately, there are aids available to assist in keeping your hands moisturized and hydrated.

Hand cleaning

Frequent hand washing is known to irritate and dry hands. Harsh hand soap can strip the skin of its moisturizing oils. Similarly, frequently using hand sanitizer can dry hands. It is important to keep hands clean so we must continue to practice proper hand hygiene. The solution is to use moisturizing hand sanitizer and soap that is formulated to be gentle enough for frequent use on dry and sensitive skin.

Carry your own moisturizing liquid hand soap so you don’t have to use the harsh and drying hand soap in public. Make sure to purchase hand sanitizer with moisturizing ingredients such as aloe and essential oils. The CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Don’t compromise the efficacy of your hand sanitizer by buying one with less alcohol to avoid drying. The best way to combat the drying effect of alcohol is to purchase a hand sanitizer that is made with dry skin in mind. Sympol offers a wide range of moisturizing hand soap and sanitizers. We even offer bundles so you can get all of our gentle hand cleaning products for a good price.


This may seem obvious, but we all need to use hand cream or lotion. Using it once won’t be enough, reapply hand lotion frequently. Our hands are facing a lot with the weather and the washing. Try keeping a small hand cream with you to reapply throughout the day when you are on the go. Start your day by putting on lotion all over your body as a part of your morning routine. Reapply throughout the day as needed. Definitely reapply before going outside and before going to bed. Our bodies dehydrate as we sleep so make sure to drink some water and moisturize your skin before bed.

Aveda Hand Relief™ is a great moisturizing hand creme that is offered in two sizes. The 1.4 FL OZ size is perfect to keep in your purse, in your car, or in your coat jacket. Sympol Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer has been proven to layer well with Aveda Hand Relief. This means our hand sanitizer does not remove the hand creme from your hands. This dynamic duo is a must-have for clean and healthy hands this winter.

Cover up

One great way to keep your hands protected from the elements is to cover them up. Grab a nice pair of gloves to wear when you head out into the cold. Be mindful of which fabrics you use. Scratchy fibers like wool can aggravate dry skin, especially for those who have sensitive skin or eczema. Look to purchase gloves made from cotton, silk, or other smooth fabrics. If you want to wear wool gloves, purchase a soft fabric glove to go under the wool glove. Try your best to keep your hands in your pockets when you are out in the cold without gloves. If you struggle with dry hands during the winter it is a great idea to keep gloves on you as often as possible. Store a pair of gloves in your favorite coat’s pockets and another pair in your car or purse.

Hydrate of diedrate

We are constantly losing water through our skin. Our bodies naturally dehydrate and moisture evaporates from our skin. Our bodies are made of 70 percent water, which keeps our skin hydrated and healthy.

Quick Recap

  1. Apply hand cream or lotion often

  2. Use gentle hand cleaning products

  3. Wear protective gloves

  4. Stay hydrated

Our hands may be dry and sensitive, but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer. We can win the battle between dry hands and cold weather.

Bundle up!

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