Dry hands are caused by environmental conditions. Weather, for example, can cause dry hands. Frequent handwashing, exposure to chemicals, and certain medical conditions can dry out the skin on your hands, too.
Washing our hands often is extremely important for our health, but it takes its toll in another area.
Due to the intensive use of soap and water, many of us now walk around with dry or wrinkled hands. Fortunately, there are simple ways to get your dry hands soft and supple again. We have listed these below.
Causes of dry hands
During colder months, it’s common for your skin to become dry. Climate changes, especially cold weather without a lot of moisture in the air, can cause hands to dry out. Decreased moisture in the air draws moisture from the skin.
2. Workplace conditions
Workplace conditions can also cause hands to dry. People with jobs that require extensive hand washing, such as nurses, doctors, or teachers, may notice dry hands. Factory workers or hairdressers may be routinely exposed to chemicals or other harsh irritants. These can lead to dry hands, as well.
3. Medical conditions
Some medical conditions may also lead to dry hands or put a person at risk of getting dry hands more frequently. For example, people with autoimmune disorders, such as diabetes or lupus, may have lowered blood circulation to the hands. This causes their hands to get irritated more easily. Eczema and psoriasis, two conditions that cause skin inflammation, can also cause dry hands, skin peeling, and cracking.
How TO Get Rid and Prevent Dry Hands
1. Warm your hands
Warm hands have better blood flow. This blood flow indirectly ensures renewal of the skin cells and a stronger connective tissue. Warmer hands therefore retain more moisture and dry out less quickly. So, occasionally shake your hands to start the blood flow, or rub your hands to warm them.
2. Do not use too many disinfectant gels
These gels usually have high levels of alcohol, which is intended to kill bacteria, but the alcohol also dries out your hands severely. Avoiding hand gel altogether may not be a good idea now that you want to sanitize your hands regularly, but choosing water and soap more often is better for your skin.
3. Wear household gloves
Washing your hands isn’t the only thing that dries out your hands. Household chores like washing dishes and cleaning windows have the same effect. For velvety hands, it is better to use household gloves, or of course, leave the dishes to your partner.
4. Make lubrication part of your washing routine
Wash your hands for twenty seconds, between the fingers and up to the wrist, and dry them with a clean cloth. The step-by-step hand washing routine has been well memorized in recent months. However, we recommend that you add an extra step: use a hand cream. Always have a jar of hand cream or Vaseline ready near the wash basin and rub your hands every time after drying. This way they stay baby-soft.
5. Choose a hand cream without perfume and alcohol
Before you apply a hand cream, it is important to take a look at what kind of product you’re actually using. Hand creams with perfume and alcohol are not a good idea, because these ingredients can dry your skin even more. Ingredients such as honey, aloe vera and snail slime, on the other hand, are quite gentle on the skin. No hand cream at home? In general, face cream also works great on your hands. Finally, bear in mind that the sun’s rays can cause rapid aging of the skin, so for smooth and soft hands protect yourself by avoiding excessive exposure to the sun.
6. Take a beauty sleep
And by that we mean just at night! Coat your hands with a thick layer of cream and put on cotton gloves before you go to bed. The next morning you will notice how hydrated your hands are. You can find cotton gloves at the drugstore or pharmacy.
How to prevent Your hands Dryness
If your dry hands are being caused by your work conditions, consider carrying a small bottle of lotion around with you so you can reapply moisturizer throughout the day. Look for moisturizers containing ingredients such as:
- jojoba oil
- cocoa butter
If you work in a place that requires frequent hand washing, such as a hospital or restaurant, speak with your manager about installing lotion pumps on the walls. If they already exist, make good use of them.
You should also avoid excessive heat, such as from hand dryers. Like cold conditions, heat can further dry out skin.
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