Basic Hand care Routine: 3 Tips

A Woman's hand with rings

It is said that if you want to know someone’s age, don’t look at their face, look at their hands. As, we use them all day, every day, are we giving our hands the care they need? Much like our face, our hands are exposed to the harsh environment like sun, wind, rains more than other parts of our body. Also, they’re always in motion: typing on a keyboard, taking care of kids, cooking dinner, cleaning up the mess, and the list goes on. So, it is important to develop a basic hand care routine to take care of our hands.

So, What Causes Hands To Become Dry?

Skin dryness is mostly caused by environmental factors such as

– Weather: You must have noticed that your hands and the rest of your body tend to become drier in winters.

– Environmental Conditions: Individuals who wash their hands multiple times a day with strong hand washes are more likely to have dry hands. The strong chemicals in hand washes and soaps strips your skin of its natural oils. This causes your hands to become extremely dry.

– Medical Conditions: Medical conditions like diabetes that affect the blood flow to the extremities can also make your hands go dry. Other skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema can also cause your hands to go dry.

How to develop a hand care routine?

Hand care routine follows the same principles as your skincare routine. So, the next time you follow the threes—cleansing, toning and moisturising—for your face, extend the same care to your hands as well.

To give your hands the care they need, follow these tips:

CARRY HAND CREAM WITH YOUR SANITIZER 

Due to pandemic, by now, you should be used to the frequent use of hand sanitizer every time you touch a surface in public and washing your hands the moment you return home. Though it’s smart to follow the Covid protocol but it also stresses your hands. They experience the same winter time symptoms, like drying or irritation, which can be due with frequent cleansing and scrubbing.

To combat this, every time you use a sanitizer or wash, apply a moisturizer, too. This will help to repair the damage—and keep your skin smooth.

APPLY SUNSCREEN 

It is important to protect your hands from sun’s harmful rays. When you don’t do this, you can develop discoloured spots, roughness, wrinkling, and dryness.

To ward off the harmful rays of the sun, and protect your health, apply daily sunscreen year-round to your hands— when you are going to be outside.

Invest in sunscreen which is especially formulated for hands, and it needs to be broad-spectrum, water-resistant, have an SPF of at least 30.

PAMPER YOUR HANDS 

When indulging in your evening routine of self-care that includes comfy pants, candles and a warm drink, add to it a hand-care step.  . Soak your hands in warm water, pat dry, applying a rich moisturising cream to seal in moisture. Then, put on cotton gloves before tucking yourself in for the night, and let the cream do its magic overnight. In the morning, you’ll wake with soft, silky, healthy hands.

Do you have a hand care routine? Comment below

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