SOFT HANDS, WARM RUN Earned Runs has previously expressed 'love' for using Nivea™ In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion for a quick body moisturizing routine after workout cleanups. The product appears on the GEAR LOVE page. Keeping skin healthy is particularly difficult in the winter months. Exposure to harsh outdoor conditions plus dry indoor environments, when the furnace is needed for warmth, is the combination that presents the greatest challenge.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend another challenging situation presented itself; repeated hand washing. With meal preparations underway there were many times that simple rinsing was needed to remove clinging food. My hands weren’t dirty in the same way as after a restroom visit, but they still went under the water and got a quick scrub & dry.
Then a cold settled in with some of the family, and infection-control meant more hand washing. Ugh. My hands ached after a while. The use of an ointment left my hands greasy. Worse, it was washed away with the next trip to the sink.
The idea came to me that I could apply the Nivea after simple rinsing OR honest washing. Another quick rinse and a dry and my hands were quickly moisturized. After a while, when only simple rinsing was needed I used the Nivea in place of soap.
Keeping bottles (I prefer the Almond Oil version for very dry skin) next to the kitchen and bathroom sinks has saved my hands. It’s an extra step, but doesn’t require as much effort as a separate application of hand lotion. The drying towels must be changed a bit more frequently, but it seems a small price to pay to wash a few extra towels.
Now when I head outdoors in the cold morning for exercise, the mittens feel good on my soft hands!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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