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Tips For Beating Winter Skin and Dry Hands


How To Address Skin Peeling On Your Hands

Why are my hands peeling? How do I fight back against winter skin? This Kiehl's guide answers your questions and has tips for how to manage peeling skin.

No doubt about it: Winter isn’t always kind to the skin, and it can wreak havoc on both men and women. Harsh, dry weather can be to blame for dry spots, irritating the skin barrier, and even peeling skin. Addressing these concerns is an easier task when the problem area is the face. This is familiar territory, and you attack the problem with a great skincare routine. You can apply lip balms, soothe dry skin with a hydrating toner, and slather on thick face cream. But less obvious is what to do when the impact occurs on your hands, causing skin peeling on the hands and fingertips.

The skin’s outer layer, known as the epidermis, naturally sheds every 40 to 56 days in adults—this is normal. But when the shedding turns into peeling, there might be an underlying condition. If you’re concerned that’s what’s at play, you should see a dermatologist. More often than not, however, it’s the winter weather and dry air (plus the habits that accompany the season) that are the culprit. Peeling is also associated with healing from damage caused by other external causes, such as environmental irritants like sunburn or wind.

Ahead, we further break down the common causes, how to treat peeling skin, and peeling skin remedies.

Why Are My Hands Peeling?

Washing Your Hands and Using Hand Sanitizer

In addition to maskne, one more thing that can sometimes be blamed on COVID-19 is dry hands. It turns out, all the good, slightly obsessed hand washing and hand sanitizing habits formed during the pandemic are drying out your hands. Soaps and hand sanitizers can kill germs, but they’re also often to blame for stripping the skin of moisture and good oils. In fact, some soaps are formulated to remove oil.

Liquid Hand Soap Grapefruit

Liquid Hand Soap

Fight back: Swap your skin-stripping hand soap with our Liquid Hand Soap. This gentle hand soap helps remove dirt and oil without over-drying skin and is formulated with coconut-derived cleansers, vitamin E, and botanical extracts. Available in coriander or grapefruit scents, this soap is ideal for over-worked hands subjected to the grimiest of conditions.

At this point in our pandemic cycle, we’ve all been victim to terrible liquor-scented hand sanitizer in an industrial-sized bottle. Avoid the harsh smell and formula with Clean Strength Alcohol Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer. This sanitizer is a breath of fresh air because it’s infused with eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Created for a clean and safe community, our formula is non-drying and rinse-free to deliver the purifying power you need to keep hands feeling clean and comfortable.

Taking Hot Showers

The ultimate winter self-care pleasures are long soaks in a hot bath and warming up in the shower after a day outside. Of course, we’d never tell you to give up the bath or hot shower, but doctors do suggest you keep bath and shower time to 10 minutes or less, turn the dial to warm, and bathe no more than once a day.

Fight back: Massage Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish onto moist skin and work it into a later. Infused with shea butter, sweet almond oil, and jojoba butter, this decadent body scrub leaves skin feeling supple and soft. The efficacious body polish is enriched with pure honey and soy milk protein and exfoliates skin, leaving it primed for moisture. It’s gentle enough for daily use.

Follow the gentle exfoliation with Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream, available in grapefruit, coriander, and lavender scents. This hydrating formula with a rich, velvety texture absorbs and leaves your skin feeling soft. Nurture dry hands with our moisturizing hand cream with shea butter and vitamin E.

Dry Weather and Warm Rooms

The cold, hard truth is winter’s chilly temperatures and plummeting humidity levels dry out your skin, as do central heating, space heaters, and wood-burning stoves. But since we’re not polar bears, one of the best ways to deal with this is to limit skin’s exposure to harsh, cold wind. Another way: lots and lots of moisture.

Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Fight back: While gloves protect your hands outdoors, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve takes over when you’re inside. This heavy-duty hydrating hand salve has a thick, rich formula that provides all-day care for active and dry hands. The salve draws and absorbs water from the air forming a “glove-like” protective barrier against moisture loss. It helps protect and repair the appearance of severely dry hands caused by exposure to harsh elements.

Up your moisturizing game with the Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas. Enriched with avocado oil and shea butter, this unique treatment for dry skin and callused areas helps soothe and soften parched skin. Intensely moisturize very dry skin with our rich emollient cream. To use, apply a small amount of this treatment for dry skin to dried-out areas and massage gently, allowing excess cream to remain on your skin for as long as possible before blotting. For severely dry hands, use the moisturizing treatment overnight under cotton gloves.

Next: Get tips for getting soft, hydrated skin all winter right here.

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