No one told me I needed lotion

I think Winter is one of the scariest words in English. At least, it must be based on the reactions people have when I tell them I moved here from out of state. It doesn’t really matter where I came from. After an incredulous reaction to this information and the inevitable “why?”, the follow-up questions usually involve my ability to handle Winter and snow.

I think most people in the Capital Region suffer from the-grass-is-always-greener syndrome. It does get cold here…we have a wind chill advisory tonight (-25 F !), but I don’t find it to be too much of a burden to add on an extra layer. By now, I’ve learned how to handle a pair of gloves, hat, and scarf. I’ve even gotten long underwear for those times when it’s necessary to be outside for an extended period of time. But most days, it’s not such a big deal.

Even snow, which must be the second scariest word, is fairly easy to handle. I’m just hoping it stays cold enough so we don’t have that awful slush we got to start the year. I actually find it very peaceful to shovel snow in the late evening or early morning when few people are out and the snow pack reflects the faint glow of moonlight. It’s a nice outdoor exercise.

But the one thing no one ever seems to mention with respect to Winter is the dry skin. I guess it should be obvious that extended periods of time below freezing will result in low humidity, but I struggle trying to apply enough lotion to keep my knuckles from cracking and bleeding. It certainly doesn’t help that I am constantly washing my hands throughout the day, which just washes away the lotion I actually managed to remember to apply. I guess my New Year’s Resolution should be to apply lotion every night and morning to help prevent the inevitable cracked skin. Maybe I’m just not using the right type of lotion? If I can make it through Winter without bleeding knuckles, I’ll be very happy indeed.

Here’s to a healthy-skin New Year!

2 thoughts on “No one told me I needed lotion”

  1. Bloody knuckle season still kills me. I’ve been looking for a good moisturizer for seven years. Asking area natives has been helpful. That’s how we first found Eucerin. And that’s good, but it’s really oily and doesn’t quite absorb. We mostly use it for overnight applications underneath cotton gloves.

    The newest discovery is Gold Bond lotion for Men, recommended by a fellow who works a plow during the winter. The stuff is amazing if a little be scary in how well it work. I don’t want to look too closely at the ingredients.

    I’m a guy who hates moisturizer.

    But now I find I have a daily one (aveeno) and one for deep cracks (aquaphor). Plus I’m using a moisturizing body scrub in the shower and have swapped out all the sink-side bars of Ivory for moisturizing Dove. I’ve also found that it’s wise to skip showers as much as socially permissible.

    Best of luck with the bloody cracks. It’s taken my seven years, but I’m finally close to figuring out a regimen that works.

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