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‘Handy’ Tips for Winter – An Update

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As you may have notice in previous posts I’ve been having a lot of trouble this winter with dry, damaged, cracked skin…especially on my hands. I tried many products and finally found a good lineup which I wrote about in my original “Handy Tips for Cold Weather” post, but with the weather worsening (and George the cat tearing me to bits) my hands have gotten much much worse. With incredibly sore, cracked, bleeding hands I finally decided to look for help. 

Help came in the form of two new products. I would not categorize them within the ‘beauty’ product lineup since I technically bought them from a pharmacy. The first product is Uremol 20 Intense Relief Moisture Cream. Clinically shown to quickly relieve itchy, extra dry skin, this product is fragrance free, non-greasy and fast absorbing. I carry the tube with me everywhere and use it several times a day. Many of my co-workers also complain about sore hands and I direct them to the cream in the depths of my bag, Uremol 20. They call it my ‘magic’ cream, and the name is true!! This is a wonderful cream!

The second product is a medicated cream that can be bought over the counter, the highest medicated cream you can get without a prescription. The cream is Spectro EczemaCare Medicated Cream. Since the cream is medicated it is suggested that you only use it twice a day, and I love smoothing it over the backs of my hands before bed. I saw results pretty quickly too. The medicated cream quickly heals the damage already done and helps to prevent reoccurring issues. 

So although I have some pretty great products for dry hands, this Canadian winter has been brutal for all of us. So many of us are struggling with dry skin. But I wanted to share my solution, and hopefully those of you who are also struggling can heal and soothe your skin. 

Have you used any great healing and soothing skin products recently? Anyone else having cracked and dry skin issues?

Handy Tips for Cold Weather

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As a Canadian, you’d think I’d be equipped to deal with winter. Yet today’s -19°C (feeling like -37°C after the wind-chill) proves otherwise. The bitter, frigid cold is brutal – getting through every layer of clothing and chilling through to the bone. Yet as cold as it may get, nothing is worse than the chapped/cracked/dry/sore hands that come along with it. As I sip my tea and get cozy, finally inside, I’m getting together my “Hand-y” Survival Kit (see what I did there?)

So what do you do to prepare yourself for winter? Or how do you fix the damage that has already happened? Here are a few ‘Handy’ products (see…I did it again) to get you through the season.

The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment – a great hand and nail moisturizer for every day and all skin types. This is a great hand moisturizer during the winter season to start early and prevent the problems from starting when the weather gets cold. I used it a lot at the beginning of the season…but kinda forgot for awhile and now it’s beyond this…my hands need deep moisturization, repair and protection now, not found in this product.

The Body Shop’s Absinthe Purifying Hand Butter – This hand butter is similar to other body butters from The Body Shop. It intensely moisturizes your hands, so now we’re getting into some more heavy duty moisturization. Still great for every day of the winter season. Haven’t been able to use it a lot yet as it’s still a new product.

The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector – I’ve loved The Body Shop’s Hemp line for years, even though it’s advertised as men’s products. The tube says that it’s heavy duty moisturization and is meant the protect and repair extremely dry hands. I love the product, although I find I have to reapply often in order to get true protection and repair.

Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream – This little tube has been working wonders. My hands have been really bad lately due to cold + work (involving hands constantly being wet and elbow deep in sanitizers). This product repairs intense cracks and damage that have already started and takes away all itching from cracked skin. Its not greasy, absorbs quickly, has a light fresh scent, and even lasts through hand washing. It continues to moisturize for hours after applying. I’m in love with it!!

So protect you hands and get out of the cold. Hopefully it’s not as cold where you are – and if you have plans to travel to Canada any time soon please pack layers, make sure you cover your ears and hands, and moisturize like crazy!!

The Nail Report #1

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Working in the food industry is not kind on the nails. Polish is forbidden, hands are washed non-stop, and I seem to always have my hands wrist-deep in harsh sanitizers. I have the worst habit of chewing on my nails when they’re not polished (not at work of course!!!), so they’re a MESS/non-existant.

So along with my current theme of revamping my body lotion routine and taking care of my skin (see Project: New Skin), I’ve decided to start taking care of my nails as well. Today was the start of a week off work, so it was a day of massive amounts of The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector and some polish to get these suckers growing.

So, not worrying about doing a proper manicure, or about actually having attractive nails, I used two different colours to get the growing process going and having some nail fun:

– Base Coat: Essie Protein Base Coat

– Colour: O.P.I You’re Such a Budapest AND MAC Frost

– Top Coat: Essie No Chips Ahead

After a few days my nails will be good enough for a proper manicure!! Which I’m quite excited for after so many months of gross nails! My nails grow fast, but not strong. So let’s hope they hold up!!

Whats you’re favourite brand of nail polish?