There's something about the winter season that makes skin ashy. Ashy, you know, dry and flaky with dust that can be endlessly scratched off. Applying lotion helps sometimes, but is usually temporary.
There is a much longer-lasting and true solution. What I like to call the "froggies" (see reference picture below) between my fingers act as a warning of things to come when they get ashy. If I don't take care of the problem with my Super-Mom's Super Solution, the rest of my hand gets ashy. What is this amazing ashyness-relieving solution?
Socks! That's right. There's nothing in the market greater for ashy hands than socks. No fancy lotions will help you here, all you need are good, old-fashioned socks and petroleum jelly (a.k.a. Vaseline).
I'm sure many are aware that petroleum jelly works better than lotion in keeping the skin smooth, but it's also extremely bothersome to have on during the day as it will not absorb completely into the skin for a long time. This is where socks come in.
Lather your hands with a generous amount of petroleum jelly right before bed, cover them with clean socks, and sleep. When you wake up your hands will no longer be ashy and will be smooth instead. Repeat this regimen for a few days for extra assurance or on especially chilly nights.
The socks help to retain the moisture and warmth of the skin without which the skin turns ashy. They also keep you from getting petroleum jelly on your face, hair, clothes. It's surprising how many things can still be done while wearing socks on your hands. Heck, read a book.
Now you know, petroleum jelly + socks = beautiful hands in the winter. I mean, I'm just sayin'....