Love this do-it-yourself hand softening routine in this month’s Self:
1. Mix 1 cup of sugar with 3 cups of whole milk or cream.
2. Scoop up the wet sugar and exfoliate your hands, spending extra time on dryness-prone knuckles and cuticles.
3. Soak hands in the remaining liquid for five minutes to let the milk’s fat and lactic acid soften skin.
4. Rinse and rub in a cream with petrolatum (to trap water) and dimethicone (which reduces greasiness and temporarily fills in fine lines).
5. Massage cream into nail plates, too, then buff off with a towel for a quick shine.
(11/08, pg. 163)
A good cream to use is the St. Ives Collagen Elastin lotion I like so much because it includes both of the recommended ingredients. I also like the idea of slathering on straight-up Vaseline for a rich moisturizing effect. Then I would add to the list to slip on some gloves for at least thirty minutes to make sure all the moisturizing goodness is absorbed thoroughly. A perfect pampering routine for a lazy day at home, catching up on your dvr’d shows, no?