As Winter approaches and the weather begins to change for the worse, hands can be one of the first places to be affected
The skin on our hands is particularly thin, so exposure to cold air and wind can quickly cause dryness, irritation and cracking.
We’re also washing our hands more frequently.
Here, the experts at ARRAN Sense of Scotland (formerly Arran Aromatics) share their top hand care tips to help you out this Winter…
1. Exfoliate Once a Week
To keep your hands in tip-top condition, it’s important to exfoliate at least once a week.
Not only does exfoliating gently buff away dead skin cells, it also enables our skin to absorb additional moisturising ingredients more easily to reveal softer, smoother skin.
ARRAN Sense of Scotland’s Apothecary Collection Honey and Oatmeal Soap Bar contains the sweetness of honey and nourishment of almond, together with natural oatmeal extracts to gently exfoliate without drying out skin.
2. Keep on Cleansing
Regular hand washing is one of the most effective ways to keep germs at bay, but it needn’t feel like a chore.
Turn washing your hands into a memorable moment with ARRAN Sense of Scotland’s naturally nourishing collection of hand wash, antibacterial gels and triple-milled soaps, enriched with essential oils and skin-soothing ingredients to keep your hands clean and hydrated.
Top Tip: Remember to use warm water rather than hot to prevent dryness.
3. Gently Does It
Ensure to gently pat, rather than rub, your hands dry with a towel after washing to avoid causing any excess irritation to your skin.
4. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
One of the most important things you can do to prevent dry skin is to keep your hands hydrated.
ARRAN Sense of Scotland’s gorgeous range of hand creams contain moisturising and nourishing blends of shea butter, vitamin E, beeswax and actives of aloe vera leaf juice, known to soothe and hydrate.
With a non-greasy formula and available in a variety of scents from fresh to floral to vibrant to relaxing – there really is something to suit everybody.
Top Tip: for best results massage into clean, dry skin until fully absorbed.
5. Treat Mitts to a Mask
It’s not just our faces that need an extra treat occasionally – treating thirsty hands to a hydrating mask every now and again is a great way to lock in extra moisture and nutrients.
Expertly formulated to promote deep hydration that lasts up to 72 hours, ARRAN Sense of Scotland’s Hydrating Hand Creams with naturally nourishing properties can also be used as an intensive hand mask.
The ideal size for carrying in your bag or keeping handy on your bedside table, this fast-absorbing blend of rosehip oil, vitamin E and shea butter helps to protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier and reveal instantly softer, smoother skin.
Gently massaging hand cream into the skin can help circulation while also having the added bonus of warming your hands up.
Top Tip: Apply just before bedtime to allow overnight hydration and repair – simply apply to the backs of the hands and leave to soak in for a spot of moisturising magic.
6. SPF is Not Just for Your Face
It’s all too easy to overlook our hands when it comes to applying SPF. Yet even in cooler weather, our hands are still exposed to the sun’s rays.
Wearing SPF is a simple and straightforward solution to treat dry skin and prevent exposure to the sun’s UV rays which can damage and dry out skin.
Top Tip: Protect hands by applying an SPF to your hands every morning no matter what the weather or season.
7. Gloves are Your Hands Best Friends
When the temperature dips, bring on the gloves. From furry gloves to fluffy mittens to touchscreen styles (for those who can’t put their phones down!) – there really is something for everybody and your hands will definitely thank you for it.
ARRAN Sense of Scotland creates bath, body and home fragrance collections proudly made on the Isle of Arran.
For three decades, the family-run company has been creating vibrant, evocative scents from their Home Farm factory – an old dairy farm for the historic Brodick Castle.
The company has grown significantly since it began as a small, family soap business, but has held true to its island heritage.
Discover the full hand care collection here