Hints for hands

Hints for hands

28 Jan 2011

Using a hand cream is often the last item we include in our skincare itinerary, yet incorporating a hand lotion into your daily skin care regime is just as important as moisturising your face and body. Just like the skin on your face, hands need to be well nourished and cared for to stay smooth and soft.

Skin ages on average five times faster on our hands because of daily exposure to chemicals, soaps and alcohol gels – simple everyday washing and cleaning can strip natural moisture from hands causing dryness, cracking and soreness. External factors including pollution, UV radiation, smoke, using harsh household washing-up products, plus cold weather can also contribute to skin dehydration.

Additionally for women approaching menopause age, the changes to the condition of your hands is further affected by oestrogen levels, the hormone which stimulates collagen production and naturally helps to keep the skin on your hands plump and healthy, which begins to drop around the time of the menopause.

Patches of rough skin on hands can also indicate that your diet is low in essential fatty acids. Try eating more of food sources such as fish, nuts and seeds, or try adding seed oils to meals to increase your intake.

If your hands are cracked or are prone to deep lines, this is a common sign that your skin is dehydrated. Increasing your daily water intake will help to top up your moisture levels naturally. Fruit and vegetables with a high water content such as melon, apple, celery, tomatoes and cucumber are another good addition to your food intake.

For hands which are showing definite signs of dehydration, moisturising your hands regularly is a must. For hands which are chapped or severely dry, apply moisture immediately after contact with water. Another tip to maintain soft smooth hands is to always moisturise your hands before going outside and wear soft gloves to protect hands and prevent damage from cold weather.

Did you know: one in ten people suffer from hand eczema which can be exasperated by regular contact with chemicals and irritants in a professional setting? Dentistry is one of the high risk jobs, as well as, health services and hairdressing. Work-related eczema is the most common skin condition in dentistry and is nearly ten times greater in dental nurses and seven times greater in dentists than the all-profession average. For further information visit: www.myhandeczema.co.uk

 Using a hand cream not only helps to keep skin hydrated but also works to protect skin from irritants while preventing signs of ageing. Keep a hand cream with you wherever you go, from your handbag to your car, desk, bathroom and bedroom to remind you to apply every time you wash your hands. 



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