How to avoid dry hands? Choosing the right hand cream
In the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, all of us have to wash our hands and decontaminate them with sanitizers and antiseptics more often than usual. Antiseptics make your hands dry out due to a large amount of alcohol contained in them, which of course makes them effective against bacteria and viruses but at the same time negatively affects the stratum corneum. Alcohol dissolves protective fats and leads to dryness from the first use. Now imagine what happens to the skin if you repeat these procedures dozens of times a day. Of course, the skin will be affected.
In addition to the above, even before the pandemic situation, most people have taken their hand care less seriously than, for example, facial skin or hair. But the hands are no less important part of the body and can give out age even more than the face, therefore it also demands constant care and attention. The skin of the hands practically does not contain sebaceous glands, which is why it must be constantly moisturized and nourished, otherwise rapid aging is ensured.
Today, The Fashiongton Post will guide you how to choose the right hand cream. There are several simple rules for this.
1. A good hand cream is not being sold in a regular supermarket, so make sure you purchase it in a specialized cosmetics store or pharmacy, where they comply with all storage conditions and there is a guarantee of the product quality.
2. When choosing a hand cream, be sure to pay attention to the composition of the product. Usually it consists of water, glycerin, used to soften and moisturize the skin, vegetable and animal fats, which form a water-repellent layer on the skin, lanolin, which nourishes and makes the skin more tender. The remaining components are added to the cream depending on its purpose and for a specific skin type: vitamins provide the protective properties of the cream, and extracts or oils are used to soften and moisturize. For example, tea tree oil gives the hand cream anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects, and aloe juice promotes the speedy healing of wounds.
3. The toughest time for hands is winter. In addition to other factors, frost and wind also affect the hands’ skin, so it often turns red and gets cracked. Therefore, in winter, the skin needs special protection. Using a regular cream can cause the appearance of cracks since the water component in it will freeze. The Fashiongton Post recommends using a heavier, nourishing, greasy cream in winter. It will help to protect the skin from cold weather, as it softens and nourishes it, relieves redness, and also promotes healing.
4. It is advisable that you always have two creams on hand: for a day and for a night. Day cream is usually more gentle and easily absorbed. It contains a UV filter that protects the skin of the hands from harmful rays. Night cream is more oily and saturated. It usually contains vitamins and natural oils, so it restores the skin well during sleep.
If you take into account all the above rules while choosing a hand cream, you will be able to choose the right one yourself, and it will help to maintain the health and youth of your hands for a long time, as well as save you from current problems if using such a hand cream regularly.