Winter Hand Care

The number-one factor that contributes to dry hands is soap and water, especially hot water.  Antibacterial soaps are especially harsh and drying, so avoid them. Minimizing contact with soap and water can help preserve the moisture of the hands, and moisturizing immediately after washing is crucial.

It’s also essential to avoid certain products. Hand sanitizers that contain alcohol are especially drying and should only be used in a pinch — say, if you are out to eat, have soiled hands and can’t get to a sink to wash with soap and water. Also, it’s “important to look for a hand wash without sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate; this ingredient is too harsh, especially on winter-ravaged hands. When cleaning up, say experts, avoid deodorant soaps and those with added fragrance.

The most important element for happy hands? Moisture. Plugging in some small humidifiers around the house can add some much-needed moisture to the air, your hands, face and more.  It is important to wear sunscreen: This isn’t just a summer staple. Even in the winter, exposure to the sun’s rays speeds up the aging process. This exposure increases the risk of developing dry skin, wrinkles, age spots and spider veins.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on all skin that will be exposed, especially the hands.  An unexpected — but very smart — winter-skin-care suggestion is to help hands look good all winter, keep consistent with an exercise program and properly hydrate the body.

Cardio workouts keep the blood pumping, maintain a warmer body temp and improve body metabolism, all of which keeps the hands healthier and moist. Hydrating the body properly assists the body in its natural mechanism for cooling down during exercise — sweat. This contributes to keeping the oil glands active and healthy.

Wearing Gloves can go a long way in protecting your hands from the elements.  Also continue to do the obvious, slather on rich & creamy lotions several times a day.
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