Our hands are overexposed. They’re in the sun all day; they’re touching the desk and the computer screen; they’re dumped in buckets of water and scraped with paper towels and napkins.
And because of this overexposure, our hands are usually the first place on our body to show signs of ageing; our skin becomes dry and brittle, and the back of our hands develop sun spots or large, bulging veins.
We all need to do a better job in protecting our hands; and so here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Tip 1: Wear gloves when doing laundry
Detergents (particularly antimicrobial detergents) can cause extreme dryness and irritation over long periods of use. So when doing the laundry, try wearing gloves to protect your hands. As an alternative, find detergents that are safe for your hands or that are not antimicrobial in nature.
Tip 2: Moisturize after showers
Showers dry out your hands quickly. Water strips your hand of protective oils which causes your skin to lose moisture, and hot showers do this at an even quicker rate. Be sure to replenish your skin’s natural moisture supply by applying plenty of hydrating moisturiser.
See Paint the Town Scarlet writer, Sarah George’s, top 5 hand creams.
Tip 3: Always pat dry
Everyone knows to pat their face dry instead of rub, so why doesn’t everybody do the same for their hands? Your hands are just as delicate as your face—so treat them the same way. Always pat them dry with a soft towel, and opt for the hand dryer when possible.
Tip 4: Put sun screen on your hands
It’s quite funny, actually. We put sunscreen all over our bodies expect for the part that never hides from the sun. Wear an SPF 15 sunscreen even on dull days, and you’ll protect your hand from heinous sun damage. Note: some hand creams and natural skincare products contain SPF 15 sun block.
So that’s it for our tips. How did we do? Any other tips you’d add to the list? Please let us know in the comments section.
Written by Jesse Ortiz, a writer for Dr. Samir Bute and www.Alluskincare.com, who specialises in topics that include anti-aging, natural skincare products, and general skincare. Follow him on twitter @OrtizJesse.