I dream of smooth, unblemished hands with pretty, long, painted nails—like the hands on the models in the O.P.I. magazine ads. Hands like those look great holding fancy pens, like the special ones I reserve for autographing copies of my books at signings. Hands like that show off sparkly rings and bracelets with enviable elegance. Hands like that… Well, they’re a far cry from my hands right now. I look at my dry, parched fingers and short, split nails and sigh with despair.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the state of my hands. This wintery time of year—and yes, it does get cold in Florida!—wreaks havoc on everyone’s skin. I also demand a lot from my hands as I wash dishes, do laundry, houseclean, garden, drive, grocery shop, prepare food for my family, care for my kitty, exercise, and write on my computer.
To pamper my hands, I avoid liquid and bar soaps with Sodium Laureth Sulfate; this seems especially hard on my skin. I also slather on hand cream whenever possible. I read about special gloves to wear at night after your hands have been slathered with lotion, but that doesn’t appeal to me. In fact, it sounds slightly icky. :(
What do you use on your hands in the winter months? Do you have a special remedy or favorite beauty product that you use when your hands are lizard-scaly-dry?
I’m eager to hear what you have to say—and my poor hands will thank you. I’ll gift a Kindle or Nook eBook copy of my award-winning medieval romance Dance of Desire to one person who leaves a comment. To learn more about this book as well as my other medieval romances, please visit my website.