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How to take care of your hands in the winter

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Protect your hands

Cold, windy weather as well as dry indoor heat can really dehydrate your skin in the wintertime. And though many women worry most about the skin on their faces, you shouldn't neglect your hands either. Follow these tips to take care of your hands in the winter.

Woman applying hand cream

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Wear gloves

Make a habit of wearing gloves every time you go outside. Even if you are out for just a few minutes, the elements can do some damage. Also, be sure to always wear rubber gloves when washing dishes and doing other household cleaning. The hot water and chemicals in detergents and cleaners can dehydrate and damage your hands.

2Use a humidifier

Humidify the air in your house. You can use an actual humidifier or just place a saucer of water near your heater. The extra moisture in the air will help stop the dry heat from drying out your skin -- including your hands.

3Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Start a routine that every time you wash your hands, you automatically use a hand lotion or cream. Look for products made with natural ingredients. A couple of our favorites include Kiehl's Unusually Rich But Not Greasy At All Hand Cream with SPF 10 and Burts Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme.

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