Winter can be rough on hands. The humidity is low, the air is cool, the furnace is on, and we hear constant reminders about the importance of washing our hands frequently to reduce the risk of catching winter illnesses. On top of that, many of us find ourselves entertaining at home — which means extra dishes to wash, and extra time spent with our hands soaking in hot, soapy water.
Spa Maxx’s expert nail technician, Katie, recommends three quick, easy steps to protect your hands from the ravages of winter:
1. Come in for a paraffin dip. Quick and soothing, a paraffin dip is exactly what it sounds like: You submerge your hand in a tub of warm, melted paraffin. Sarah demonstrates below:
You just dip your hands in the paraffin three times, let it cool, and then peel it off. The mineral oils in the wax moisturize dry skin — particularly helpful for those with eczema or other conditions — and the heat can help reduce inflammation and relax fatigued muscles, making it a great treatment if you have arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. (It’s also nice if your hands are just tired from frosting cookies or stirring batches of Christmas candy.) If you come in for a manicure on a Sunday afternoon, Katie will throw in a paraffin dip for free! It takes just minutes and works wonders on rough skin.
2. Use a sugar scrub on your hands. Katie’s clients often rave about how much they love the scrub she uses on their hands after a manicure. But don’t wait for a trip to the spa to treat your hands to a softening scrub — buy a jar to take home and use every day! (It makes a great gift, too. Who wouldn’t love a luxurious, sweet-scented treatment that leaves hands feeling baby-soft?)
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Keeping lotion on your hands is one of the simplest — and best — things you can do for your skin in the winter. Use hand lotion to replenish the moisture in your skin after doing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, or just washing your hands.
To schedule a manicure, pedicure, or paraffin treatment, call Spa Maxx at (918) 744-5500 or visit www.thespamaxx.com. Katie can help you find the perfect products and treatments to keep your hands looking and feeling their best in any season.