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Let’s Talk…Winter Woes

December 10, 2013

It is approaching the winter season here in Iowa. For many of you it will mean dry chapped hands due to the frequent handwashing required for those in the child care field.  Whenever we talk handwashing at Environmental Rating Scale classes, we frequently hear complaints about the effects of frequent handwashing on skin. I read an article last week in the Des Moines Register that shared tips from the University of Iowa on how to help with some dry skin issues related to winter weather –

  • HandWashing_2072_4x6Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – particularly after washing
  • Shorten showers and baths; pat dry
  • Use a humidifier to help put moisture in the air

What do you do to help combat the affects of winter dryness? Share with us at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/childcare/winterwoes/


Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader is a human sciences specialist that misses the daily hugs and high-fives from little people.

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  1. Moisturizing is the key for me. I found 2 moisturizers that really work well in winter….Avon’s Skin So Soft WinterSoft hand cream and Melelueca’s Renew which is a good hand and body lotion.

  2. My hands get so red and raw in the winter from all the handwashing! I find that even after applying lotion my hands feel dry again within a half hour. I like to use olive oil to moisturize – just apply with cotton balls to the affected area, let sit for a while, and then rinse. Works better for me than store bought moisturizers.