Cold weather means my hands are like a North Sea fisherman's (and I'm not alone) – Hayley Matthews

I remember working as a waitress – not in a cocktail bar, but in the Mount Royal Hotel – when I was 15.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 12:30 pm
The cold weather has left Hayley's hands feeling like she's been out fishing on the cold North Sea (Picture: Chris Furlong/Getty Images)

I was a terrible. I had no idea what any of the fancy food or drinks were, was clumsy and fainted in the middle of the restaurant on my first night.

So it was no surprise that I was often sent to the kitchen to polish the cutlery – keeping me out of trouble! I have really vivid memories of those silver buckets filled up with boiling water to dip the cutlery in.

I also remember having cracked and sore knuckles. Every time I'd bend my fingers, the cuts would open again and it was so painful. It was always in the winter this happened and I do seem to have sensitive little knuckles that get a bit upset when the weather is cold.

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I love getting into the summer months because I don't get dry cracked hands however, with all this cold weather I can see my little pandies getting a bit rough around the edges. My knuckles resemble a fisherman who catches fish out the North Sea with his bare hands.

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With all the hail and snow during the week (yes I know it's nearly summer!), it's not just my hands that have gone scabby.

I've noticed my nine-year-old son has very sore hands and lips with all the hand washing and nose-blowing. So I was delighted to see Dr PawPaw doing more ranges of their multipurpose soothing balm.

It's been a wonder product for me over the last few months and is an item I often turn to in the colder months so I'm not putting mine away yet until the big man rolls out the summer! Victoria Beckham is a fan so it must be good!

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