During the winter I suffer with the worst dry skin, I am sure I am not the only one. No matter the amount of moisturizer I use on my hands in the winter, they will still get tight and crack, leaving tiny painful cuts (which always scream out in pain whenever I use hand sanitizer).
This past winter I have made a deal with myself to do the best to make sure my skin is healthy and good this winter. So far I have been good about moisturizing after all my showers (I used to be terrible at this, as in, I never ever moisturized after my shower) as well as properly exfoliating so that the moisturizer can properly do it's job.
I have managed to get the shower exfoliating and moisturizing down pat, having seen a vast improvement in my skin, notably my KP is a million and a half times better (see what I use to help keep this at bay here). But my hands have not improved until this one product (okay, well set of products).
Before the holidays I had a lovely visit from the Mary Kay Fairy, okay not really, but my mom signed me up for some Mary Kay make over and the rest is history. Having never tried anything Mary Kay before she introduced me to a variety of their best sellers and I settled on trying their moisturizing/ exfoliating hand rescue called Satin Hands.
This is a fragrance free, three step, moisturizing extravaganza. Step one, you put the hand softener all over your dry hands, it feels a bit like a thick Vaseline. Step two you exfoliate, then rinse with warm water. After you dry your hands you moisturize with step three, the hand cream. The hand cream itself does not feel particularly moisturizing on it's own, but as part of this three step system it works wonders.
After using this about twice a week, I have noticed a vast improvement in the skin on my hands. I still moisturize in between when my hands are feeling on the tight side (all the anti-bacterial soap at work still will destroy your hands if you are not careful).
If you have been struggling with dry hands, or you just want them to be baby soft, I recommend you check this out. I am sure you can create a budget version with Vaseline, body scrub and general moisturizer, but lets me be real "ain't nobody got time for that".
What is your favorite way to mend dry skin in the winter? Also, for those of you who have tried Mary Kay before, what do you recommend or not recommend and why?