You have to care for your hands, as it is part of the beauty of our body parts. After face our attention goes to the hands. Dryness of the hands & the resulting rashes are very common as the skin of the hands is often exposed to chemicals, irritants, etc. Ever overexposure to water, soaps, detergents, cleaning agents, citrus fruits, vegetables & some ingredients of the skin care products irritate the skin & reduce suppleness.
Once the skin becomes dry & red, even gentle things like water & baby products can irritate the skin, making it even worse for people with eczema, allergy, burn scars over the hands are more prone to irritation. Burns & scars cause destruction of sebaceous glands that produce the protective oils that softens the skin & hence it becomes more susceptible to external irritants.
Whatever the reason, you must protect & care for your hands, for it to heal & again for six months after that. Six months is to let the skin toughen up. If you are allergic to certain substances : contact with them must be avoided otherwise also hands need special care to remain soft & supple.
5 Easy Steps to Take Care for Your Hands
We must take care of the skin on our hands in the same way that we take care of the skin on our faces every day and use particular products. Act now, before they become dehydrated or stretched! Take advantage of this opportunity to provide them with the care they require. How are you going to do it? We’ll show you how to do it in five easy steps.
1. CARE FOR YOUR HANDS WHILE WASHING THE HANDS
Be gentle with your hands. Use lukewarm water, hot water dries up that skin.
Use soap only if your hands really need it. Since soap deprives your skin of the natural oils
Use a mild soap like‘ dove’, avoid detergents and perfumed soaps.
Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer after each wash. Using a thick formula ointment like petroleum jelly (Vaseline) works well. Lotion based formulas are less effective. Keep a jar near the wash basins, in the kitchen. So that you apply it every time you wash your hands
3. PROTECT YOUR HANDS WITH THE GLOVES
Use vinyl gloves to protect your hands while washing, it shields from detergents, cleaners & other chemicals. You should also wear it while peeling citrus fruits & tomatoes. Keep various pairs at hand – in the kitchen ,bathroom, laundry area, etc. dry them out between uses or it requires turning them inside out.
If you need to wear them for a prolonged time, you can wear thin cotton gloves underneath as they absorb the sweat. You can use an automatic dishwasher or appoint a house help to avoid direct contact with solvents & stain remover.
If your job exposes you to such chemicals, talk with your boss regarding the same & find a way out to protect your hands. Avoid picking up the raw skin. If it is red & is burning or itching, consult our dermatologist. She may prescribe you oral antiallergic & anti-inflammatory drugs with topical steroid for a short term to control the reaction.
4. SUN PROTECTION
If we have to be at home, it may seem unreasonable, but no matter how many times we go out, quick outings to the grocery or short walks with our dog are enough to expose our skin to the sun’s rays.
Sunscreen Lotion should be applied to your hands every time you leave the house to keep them looking young and healthy.
5. TO AVOID THEIR PH USE GENTLE SOAP
It is not required to wash our hands continuously with antiseptic activity soaps if we are at home all of the time.
We can use them in combination with gentler soaps that don’t change our skin’s pH. Nothing beats our Oil Soap for this, which, in addition to calming the skin, repairs your hands thanks to its high oil content.