‘Tis the season to be snotty. Just about everyone around me has a cold. Seriously. Everyone. In retaliation, I have been dousing myself in hand sanitizer. I would drink it if I thought it would fend off the runnies!
As a result, my hands – particularly my cuticles – are starting to dry and crack. I’ve come up with my plan of attack to battle cold weather germs without my hands falling off:
While the drugstore gel is easily-accessible and low cost, there are better ways to defend your digits! My favorite hand sanitizer (yes, I have a favorite hand sanitizer) is from Eve Echo. I prefer the delicious, fresh mango scent, but it also comes in lavender. The best part is that Eve Echo lends 100% of its profits to FINCA, a microfinance agency that funds women-owned startups around the world. I ordered a set of these lovelies and keep them in my purse, bathroom, and car.
I spent a lot of time in the mani/pedi biz so I’m a little snobby about my cuticle oil. The major cuticle oils on the markets are seriously lacking. You know the one. It’s sold in 99% of salons and it’s almost entirely sweet almond oil. For a more nourishing/dynamic/exceptional/cheaper(!) product, check out Bee Naturals Cuticle Oil. It’s a fabulous blend of natural ingredients, including jojoba oil and grapeseed oil to moisturize, Vitamin E to nourish, tea tree to fight infection, and lavender and lemon to give it a fresh, clean scent.
I apply cuticle oil at night and rub it into my nails and cuticles. If I’m feeling extra scaly, I will also rub it all over my hands.
I carry hand cream with me everywhere I go. In the interest of full disclosure, I own several different brands! My favorite product for heavy duty moisturizing is Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Hand Therapy. It’s shea-butter based with a light, warm scent. I like it because it’s incredibly moisturizing without being greasy. I’m not a huge fan of products that smell like perfume or candy so I dig this light, warm, natural scent.
What are you going to do to survive the long winter? Apart from hunkering down to another season of Revenge, of course!