Winter Hands…

Have you heard of “winter hands”, or “winter handjies” in Afrikaans? Its something children get a lot because they are prone to not drying their hands properly.

I wash my hands a lot. Some might say I wash them too much… If I can’t remember when I last washed my hands I will wash them again.

Erm… Ja.

I truly LOATHE touching lift buttons, entrance and exit buttons in parking lots, escalator railings, door handles… the list goes on. And if I can I will use something to touch these things so they don’t touch my skin. I am constantly aware of the amount of germs and bacteria that could be on my hands so I work hard- mentally that is- not to let it become an OTT “issue”. I have a tendency to over think anything and everything and if I allow myself to do so, I won’t be able to go more than a few minutes without washing my hands! If I am cooking or baking I wash my hands before I start, and if I have to touch something other than my cooking utensils whilst I am busy- my phone or a door handle or something- I will wash them again before I continue whatever I was busy with. I always try to make sure I dry them properly, and if I am in public I love using a combination of a towel and a blowdryer, but thats not an option at home of course.

Its borderline obsessive.

And I suffer for it in winter.

This year it has already started on the top pinky knuckle of my right hand. There’s a particular set of movements I use when I wash my hands, so specific parts of my hands are subjected to more friction than others- if that makes any sense.

The kak part is that it itches! It itches like a mother trucker and I rub and scratch it in my sleep so much that I wake up with swollen hands! And the itch gets so bad it sometimes wakes me up!


I am applying Germolene, and that helps briefly… but I can’t not wash my hands.

So over and above another little glimpse at my weirdness,  does any one have a solution for me?

14 thoughts on “Winter Hands…

  1. I also wash my hands waaaay more than the average person and suffer terribly with dry skin on my hands, I have tried nearly every hand cream on the market and the ONLY one that works for me is Neutrogena, it MUST be the plain, fragrance-free one (according to my truly disgusting daughters the other Neutrogena smells like granny fanny!) Have a look at my latest blog post for a pic!

    On the subject of hot-air hand dryers, my daughter came home with a theory from her Biology teacher that they are terrible germ spreaders…. I googled it, it seems true, so I now don’t use them….
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  2. Angel, I get winter hands every year – with me it is a combo of the washing (i am also rahter obsessive), but also circulation and just the cold. My finger tips actually split and around my nails I get skin peeling off. Last year I bought same of Tranquil body treat’s Hand Mousse at Laura’s shop because she did not have excema cream in stock – planning to go back later for the excema cream. But the hand mousse worked! And worked so well it was my hand’ s best condition in years. My post is almost empty so I will have to go and buy some soon. Give it a shot.
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  3. Our excema cream may help – we also have a glycerine soap in the range that you can wash your hands with that may not dry them out so much!!

  4. I so get what you say regarding the fact that you don’t touch certain surfaces with your hands. I’m like that too and if it is a stranger that wants to greet me by hand, I tend to not do so.
    No advice from me, sorry.

  5. Uh my phone comments on the wrong post. You and I could share cocktails and cupcakes over our appropriate avoidance of dentists! I’m glad you have the Glugster taxi 🙂 sorry about the reschedule!!
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  6. Sadly I don’t have a good suggestion! I have a huge germ phobia and am glad those sanitizer dispensers are every 2 feet in the hospital I work at. I wish they had them all over the shopping mall!!

  7. No solution, can you get Aveeno over there? They make this amazing hand cream that my step mom uses and she has the same hand washing issue.
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