All You Need To Know About Your Ultimate Hand Care Routine
Our hands do so much for us. We use them for working, cooking, cleaning, eating, writing, operating tools and devices, self-care and even for expressing ourselves during a conversation. Yet hand care remains an underrated practice.
An easy and effective hand care regime can not only help us in maintaining hygiene, but also improve the look and feel of our hands. Let's learn how to keep hands soft and moisturised.
Why Is It Important To Take Care Of Your Hands?
You use your hands for every work that you do. Also, your hands touch so many surfaces in a single day. This can have an impact on your hygiene as well as your immune system. This is why having a hand care ritual in place is so important. Taking care of the skin on your hands also allows it to age in a healthy manner.
What Causes Dry Hands?
Living in a cold climate can have a drying effect on your skin. Alternatively, living in a hot climate with frequent exposure to sunlight during the day can age the skin on your hands and cause tanning and dehydration.
Exposing your skin to drying soaps or detergents can cause dry hands as such formulations can disrupt the pH balance of your hands and irritate your skin’s barrier.
Indulging in long, hot showers or using a heater too close to your skin can lead to dehydration and dry skin.
Sometimes there might be an underlying medical cause that can lead to dryness on your hands. For example, skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis can often cause inflammation and dryness on affected areas of your body.
Easy Steps For Your Hand Care Routine
The emphasis on proper hand washing is extremely important. Your hands are exposed to unnoticeable germs and dirt all day. Use a mild soap with antibacterial properties to wash your hands. Massage the lather on your palms, fingers, nails and in-between your fingers well.
This is the most effective way of getting rid of dead skin cells. Use an organic body scrub once or twice a week to keep your hands soft and even-toned.
Use an organic hand cream to keep your hands soft and moisturised. Make sure that it is made with emollient ingredients such as cold pressed oils and plant butters that nourish your hands, promote barrier repair and prevent moisture-loss.
Use broad spectrum sunscreen during the day and reapply it according to its sun protection factor. This step is important to prevent sun damage and promote healthy ageing of your skin.
Additional Tips For Your Hand Care Routine
Sometimes applying just one layer of hand cream might not be enough. Reapply it as much as needed, or simply layer it over a nourishing body butter.
Masking is a fun and easy way to not only pamper yourself, but also improve your skin tone. A good way to keep the skin on your hands evenly toned is to apply a face pack on your hands whenever you are using one on your skin. Pick an organic mask that has brightening as well as nourishing properties.
To protect your skin from environmental stressors, knitted gloves can be worn during winters, cotton gloves can be worn during sun exposure and utility gloves can be worn while doing chores such as cleaning, laundry or gardening.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should the temperature of the water be when I wash my hands?
Prefer to wash your hands with cool, warm or lukewarm water. Avoid very cold or hot water.
Why do hand creams make my palms greasy?
Organic hand creams are made with moisturising ingredients to repair dry and damaged skin. Hence, they have a rich formula. To avoid this, you may wipe your palms with a soft napkin to remove excess cream, or use a hand cream at the end of your night routine, before sleeping.