No one likes chapped, scaly, rough and dry hands. Having rough and dry hands makes shaking hands an ordeal and leads us to lowers our self esteem. After all no one likes to touch hands with somebody who have skin like a sandpaper.
This part of our body is the most used and usually the most neglected, if not the most abused. Our hands do so many things for us, yet only a handful actually pamper and take good care of their hands.
The skin on your hands get peeling more often than you think. Frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers, change in weather, pollution and other external factors contributes to the damage to the skin on your hands. Natural oil is stripped off, leading to dry hands and can lead to irritation and further damage like chapped skin, peeling nails among others.
Unlike the skin on your face wherein you pamper it every day, wash it with mild soaps, and performs daily beauty regimen just to make you look younger and fresher, your hands only seems to get that step-motherly treatment. In fact, hand care might not be our primary concern. However, when things get nasty like rough skin, nails break, dark spots and wrinkles starts to appear on your hands, then you might just realize that the skin on your hands needs all the attention it requires.
At first, it may sound daunting, even intimidating, when you think about starting your daily hand care routine. But in reality, there are lots of small things you can do to improve the condition of the skin on your hands or at least maintain its youthful look. Small things that do not necessarily mean it require so much of your time and effort.
One of the easiest ways to maintain a soft and supple hand is having a hand cream on hand. Hand cream helps your skin rehydrate and improve elasticity. It reduces fine lines as well as removing those chapped skin. A small bottle of hand cream or tube can be kept in your drawer, your purse or even at your car, and use it whenever you feel that your hands needs to be moisturized.
Depending on the condition of the skin on your hands, a tiny dab or a generous amount of hand creams can help you attain that younger looking, soft, supple hands. If you hate the greasy feeling, use hand creams that are not too thick or are water based. For easy use, put a portion of hand cream at the top of your hands and rub it against your other hand. Your palms need a little of that cream as compared to the skin located at the back of your hand.
To fully rehydrate your hands especially during cold weather, use a generous amount of hand cream and massage your hands gently until all creams are absorbed by the skin. Put on a glove and let it stay for about 15 minutes. The gloves help in trapping the moisture and allow the skin to absorb the much needed moisture. Just make sure that the gloves you are using is clean, otherwise, bacteria will infect your hands especially when you have cracked skin on your hands.
Hand creams protect not only the skin on your hands but also your cuticles. These thin and flexible skins that surround your nails when left unnourished can become dry and cause painful and unsightly wounds. The lack of moisture can prevent it from protecting your nails. Cutting them will not help a lot as the cuticles will grow back rougher and uneven, and may even lead to infections.
To fully maximize the efficiency of your hand creams, use it every night or just before you hit the sack. Just like you, the skin on your hands recuperates or heals faster when rested. Moreover, a lot hand creams have natural ingredients like herbs and essential oils. These vital ingredients heal and repair your skin, and its subtle fragrance can leave you feeling relaxed.
When you have already achieved that supple, softer and rough-free hand, continue to use hand creams to prevent dehydration on your skin. In fact, use it as you as often as you put make up on your face. The oils in your hand cream help in replenishing lost moisture or moisture that have been stripped by frequent hand washing. It also forms as a protective layer allaying further damage.
Beauty experts strongly advise that you should know what your skin type is before you buy and use any hand creams. Using hand cream not suited for your skin type may just be a waste of money and the efficiency may not be what you wanted. Furthermore, make it a point to always check the label for the ingredients. If you are allergic to certain chemicals or natural ingredients, and still use the hand cream, chances are your skin will get irritated and the cream will only do more harm than good.
There are no short cuts in having soft, supple skin on your hands. But you do not have to be a rocket scientist in order to achieve that beautiful hand either. All it takes is your time and a good hand cream which you should use as often as possible. Good balance diet, avoid alcoholic beverages as much as possible and the use mild soaps can help your hand cream do its job.
Bonus tip: When using exfoliating creams on your face, dab a small portion on your hands and massage the remaining cream until it is fully absorbed. The cream will remove dark patches on your hands and get rid of those dead skins on your hands. Moreover, if you are using hand creams, massaging your hands will also protect the nails. The cream will protect not only the skin on your hands but also our nails. The cream will prevent nails from breaking and will even make your manicure look better.