What I love about winter: Getting cozy by the fireplace, snuggling under a blanket and watching Downton Abbey, building a snowman, eating gingerbread, reading The Vintage Summer Wedding over a steaming mug of hot chocolate, wrapping up in a soft-as-silk cashmere scarf, roasting marshmallows around a log fire.
What I hate about winter: The havoc it wreaks on my skin, turning it dry, rough and often itchy as well.
Thankfully, there is an easy solution for the latter, which doesn’t require sacrificing any bit of the former. One that I found in an old notebook belonging to my grandaunt, who migrated to Astrakhan (all the way over in Russia) during the 1950s.
And aunt Isla would know – in Russia, winter temperatures can easily plunge to -30°C (-22°F), while Astrakhan is one of the driest cities in Europe. I am talking serious Arctic-level chills, which lay to waste all but the most powerful moisturizing agents. So, if this nourishing DIY hand treatment worked out there, I am not surprised it’s doing wonders for my dry and chapped hands in NYC.
Added bonus: You can even make it during a vacation, for an instant substitute to a salon manicure.
4 teaspoons fine salt, sugar or sand
1 raw egg yolk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons full fat cream
- Combine all ingredients and stir until everything has blended well
- Slather your hand with the mixture, massaging it in as you go
- Put on kitchen gloves (or plain cling film)
- After 15 minutes, remove the gloves and rinse your hands with warm water; avoid using soap unless the smell of egg yolks is too pervasive