My fingertips usually give me problems during our cold winters, splitting to reveal raw and bothersome cracks because of repeated use to clear the snow off my dear wife Karen’s Mazda and my Chevy and shovel the driveway of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
Yes, I’m wearing good gloves.
I took a thumb-selfie in an attempt to explain what I mean. And that’s in a stage of recovery from the rawest state.
This year has been worse than usual, I think because I’ve been using my hands even more since my start in October as a cashier at the store. Handling the wand to shoot the bar codes of the products on all sizes of flat beds and other carriers, punching the buttons on the registers, and rasslin’ all those various carts in from the parking lots allows my two paws little or no recovery time.
On the plus side, the store is also where I spotted O’Keefe’s distinctive brand of hand cream. I purchased the green tub when I got off shift from the lumber register one day. I use it when at my splitiest, and it does a good job of hydrating my mitts.
And yet I think the only full recovery of the split ends will come with spring and summer.
Does winter rough up your hands and fingers? What’s your best suggestion for protection and recovery? What’s winter’s worst effect on you?