Handy hints for winter skin
By Sally Underwood
Autumn and winter can be tricky times for skincare. Even if we do everything we can to keep the skin on our faces hydrated and comfortable, it is all too easy to forget about the skin on the rest of our bodies.
While this might result in a dry or flaking appearance on other areas like knees and elbows, it is our hands that often take the worst of the battering.
Between frequent hand washing during cold season, to the cold and rain we subject our hands to on the daily commute, our mitts are one of the first places to feel the effects of the season change.
In most cases this can mean redness or flakiness, but for those already suffering from dry skin the colder weather can mean anything from eczema to cracked and bleeding knuckles.
Stay ahead of any dryness issues this season by keeping an emollient hand cream in handbags on desks or in gym bags to use each time after washing hands. To avoid the dreaded slippery feeling after applying (making opening doors, typing at a keyboard or most other things hand-related tricky for five minutes or so), apply just to the backs of hands and rub together to massage in.
For a hard-working cult classic which will get to work on even the most battered of paws, try O’Keeffe’s Working Hands (£8.49 for a 96g jar, www.boots.com.)
Or for fashion or perfume lovers who prefer their hand cream less on the emollient side and more on the chic, then check out Byredo’s range of travel sized products, which offer the same complex and sophisticated scents as the brand’s famous perfumes (from £29, www.spacenk.com)