I do realize this is a trivial thing in comparison to the crisis we’re in right now, but we’re all stuck home with trivial Facebook groups to keep us company. Everyone’s cringing from the discovery of how sanitizers dry your hands and all the ugliness that comes with alcohol and proper sanitizer use. Welcome to the world of science majors everyone!
So, I’m a germaphobe by nature, plus I was a science major, and there’s a list of reasons why I use too much sanitizer in my daily life long before Coronavirus came round [needless to say I’ve tripled my normal use now!] Nevertheless, I’ve never taken this as an excuse to not have soft, well-groomed hands. It's one of the things I quite pride myself in actually. If you’re interested to know how I do that, read on…
1. Nivea Soft
I discovered this treasure when I was traveling with a friend when she recommended it for soft hands in winter. It’s a treasure that I haven’t stopped using since. I use a small quantity on my hands, elbows, and knees every day. Keeps all the areas prone to dryness nice and soft all day, so I don’t have to worry about reapplying later in the day like those other hand lotions. Unlike other greasy creams, it’s quickly absorbed, so I don’t have to worry about rushing out the door either.
2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
This is my healing holy grail for untreatable dry patches. So, if you have dry unruly hands that don’t seem to heal with any moisturizer, I would definitely recommend you give them an overnight lather with this baby.
3. Skip the Nail polish
Most people focus on the skin and forget the nails when it comes to grooming, but the nails are essential for well groomed hands. Spoiler alert, they will dry up and break with all the sanitizer (sorry for the unpleasant surprise if you’re not here yet!). Nail polish really doesn’t fare well with alcohol; they’ll chip super-fast. Unless you have extra time to re-apply every couple of days; you might want to avoid the chipped look all together.
Sterillium, that blue real sanitizer shit, is a similar criminal when it comes to polish. Use a nail protein or strengthener instead, your dry nails will thank you. If you can't survive without your manicured nails, I recommend going for light, neutrals to last you longer (the chips aren’t as easy to notice).
4. Buff Those Nails
If you’re a Sterillium regular, you know by now that it dries nails like nothing else. You’ll notice your nails chipping and breaking from the slightest thing. To keep them in good shape and well-groomed, buff them often into shape. It’ll help keep your hands neat and lovely.
There you have it. Yes, it's as easy as that! Keep those hands well-groomed.
What do you think?
What’s your tricks to keeping well-groomed hands? Tell us in the comments!