Dry Hands? Tips For Winter Skin
Reasons for Dry Hands
Frequently Washing: When hands get washed frequently, they tend to get dry and irritated. This happens because washing strips away the natural oils from the skin on hands. Everyone has to wash their hands but over washing should be avoided. When washing your hands try to avoid the skin that is on the back of hands. This skin on the back of the hands is much thinner than the skin on the bottom of hands. The skin on the bottom of hands comes in contact with more germs than the skin on the back of hands.
Not Washing Off All The Soap: When washing hands be very diligent to wash off the entire product, you are using. Any leftover product will dry out the skin on your hands.
Exfoliating the skin on your hands will help to regenerate new skin cells and get rid of the dead skin cells at the same time. Most of us do this for our face, but we neglect our hands. The skin on your hands is thin just like the skin on your face, so it needs pampering. If you have not taken steps to prevent dry hands, there are many ways to heal the skin on your hands. Several products will have your hands feeling like new again, and small habits you create can remedy this problem.
Tips to Heal Dry Hands
- Moisturize with lotion as soon as you get out of the shower or after you wash your hands.
- Use good quality hand cream or lotion.
- Wear gloves.
- Give your skin a break from the harsh elements.
- Use a humidifier.
- Avoid hot water, try to use lukewarm water instead.
Products to use for Dry Hands
There are so many products out there it is hard to choose the right one to heal your dry hands.
This list will help narrow the search:
- Glycerin-rich hand creams will hold the water onto your skin without feeling heavy or greasy.
- Oatmeal based creams or lotions are a good choice. Oatmeal calms the redness and irritation of dry hands.
- Some product names that dermatologist suggest are Neutrogena, Aquaphor, Vaseline, Aveeno, Cetaphil, and Dove to give your hands a boost. At night, layer your hands with Aquaphor (Aquaphor is a multipurpose ointment used to heal the skin) or Vaseline and cover your hands with cotton gloves or clean socks. Covering the hands is important because it will lock in the moisture to heal the skin, as well as preventing the ointment from getting all over your bed sheets and clothing.
Dry hands do not have to be a part of your winter routine. Take steps to prevent your skin from falling into this trap every cold season. Dry hands should not stop you from enjoying the cold, winter months. Get out there and have fun!