5 ways to conquer cold hands
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As the saying goes, 'a cold hand equals a warm heart'. This may be true, but a warm heart can be small comfort to those who suffer from cold hands!
That feeling of no longer being able to feel the tips of your fingers and struggling to clench them is made even worse and more regular for the 10 million of us in the UK who suffer with the excruciating pain caused by Raynaud's syndrome. But irrespective of whether you suffer with Raynaud's or not, keeping your hands warm in winter, for most people, is an absolute priority.
It’ll come as no surprise to you that the cause of cold hands is a lack of blood flow. But what's the solution? We asked our staff for their top 5 tips for avoiding cold hands?
How to keep your hands warm in winter
Use a liner
Merino gloves are a very effective way to add additional warmth. A liner should be lightweight and breathable. Merino are amongst the most efficient liners available with the added bonus that they stay warm when it's wet.
Handwarmers could and should be used and the latest Handwarmers are unobtrusive in the glove and last on average for upto 8 hours.
Keep the rest of your body warm
Mitts are better than gloves
When selecting a pair of gloves consider mitts. Having all the fingers in one ‘compartment’ means you can clench and unclench your hands to get blood flowing should they start to feel cold. It’s worth noting that when they are available its well worth investing in a good pair of gender specific gloves, these normally have the correct fit and insulation, for example many manufacturers put extra insulation in ladies gloves.
Prevention is better than cure
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We’re not ones to preach but if caffeine and smoking are two of your vices and you suffer with cold hands then you could consider reducing your intake (if only in winter!) as both caffeine and smoking are vaso constrictors ie they constrict the flow of blood which ultimately leads to cold hands and feet.