Having dry hands these days can be the result of all your efforts to keep them clean. There is no doubt that hand skin hygiene is essential for health, particularly given the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the use of gel alcohol and frequent washing are major factors for having dry hands. Below, we've provided some tips for you to keep following hygiene protocols without getting dry or rough hands.
Why take care of hand skin?
There are different factors that can make your hands dry. In addition to the currently popular gel alcohol, cleaning products, detergent, contact with different surfaces and the use of very astringent soaps are the main causes of discomfort. The thing is, having rough hands is not the worst thing that can happen when this skin care is neglected. “A very dry hand can lead to cracks and fissures. These fissures can even appear with bleeding”, says dermatologist Vanessa Perusso. She says that in addition to damaging the skin, this drying can affect the cuticles, allowing bacteria and fungi to enter. “The result of all this is a great discomfort in daily activities, such as cooking and handling citrus fruits, for example”.
How to prevent and care for dry hands?
You can't help but keep your hands clean. So, what the dermatologist recommends is to use quality products. Like, for example, a soap that contains moisturiser in the formulation, or an alcohol gel with grain alcohol, which is less aggressive. A tip from Vanessa is to add a few drops of essential oil to the gel alcohol. “Another habit is to always moisturise your hands after sanitizing or when dealing with a chemical product, such as detergent and cleaning products”, she says.
An important tip for those who are always in contact with this type of product is to use rubber gloves. For those who have allergies, there is a hypoallergenic version and it is possible to use a fabric glove under the rubber glove. Thus, we can avoid adverse reactions and contact dermatitis.
For hands that are already dry, there's no secret: use a good moisturising hand cream on the skin of your hands with frequent applications. If your skin is damaged or injured, see a dermatologist to find out what treatment is right for you. However, if they are just rough, dry, whitish or flaky, you can make use of cosmetics.
Choosing the best hand moisturiser
In order to truly care for your hand skin, Vanessa recommends using natural or certified organic products. “The traditional industry makes use of parabens, petroleum derivatives, silicone and other ingredients that can even harm the health of the skin of the hands”, says the dermatologist. Therefore, it is always interesting to evaluate the quality of the moisturising actives in the product's composition. Cosmetics with moisturisers of natural origin, such as vegetable oils and butters, usually promote more efficient and lasting hydration. That's because these substances come into synergy with our skin.
So now you know how: to avoid dry hands. Try to use products with moisturiser in the formulation and wear gloves when it is not possible. And never doubt the power of a good moistursing hand cream with ingredients of natural origin!
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