Even if it’s unlikely that you will go into hand modeling, you want your hands to look and feel nice. When your hands are dry, they don’t look and feel nice. Dry hands can look red, feel itchy and even crack. Proper skin care usually cures the problem.
You probably realize that using a hand moisturizer should help with your dry hands. But there is more to it than just applying it, according to WebMD. You have to apply it when your hands are damp. Moisturizer, when applied to damp hands, will trap the moisture already on your hands. Don’t apply to soaking wet hands. Pat them dry slightly, and then apply the moisturizer.
Right Type of Moisturizer
The type of moisturizer that you buy is important. You may have to stay away from the high-end, perfumed moisturizers and go with a plain drugstore brand instead. Dry hands do not need products that contain alcohol or perfume, according to WebMD. Choose a thick, greasy moisturizer to seal in the moisture. A good test to see whether the moisturizer is thick enough is to put some in the palm of your hand, and turn your hand over. If the moisturizer drips or runs, it’s not thick enough.
Dry Air Equals Dry Hands
Winter weather combined with indoor heat–or air-conditioned rooms in the summer–can do a number on your skin. Try to keep the heat or air conditioner turned down a little to ease up on your hands. Wear gloves when you go outside in winter weather. An air humidifier will help with dryness in the air.
Avoid Hot Water
Hot water is not a friend to already dry hands. The hot water is taking away your skin’s natural oils, according to WebMD. Avoid putting your hands in hot water as much as possible. If you have to expose your hands to hot water, moisturize them right after, while they are still damp.
Hand washing can be somewhat of a dilemma. You need to wash your hands throughout the day to prevent germs. On the flip side, if you wash your hands too much, you can dry out your skin, and you may cause it to crack and bleed. If that happens, you will be more likely to get an infection. Choose a mild, fragrance-free soap, not necessarily an unscented one. You want a hand soap that is free from any harsh products.
Using sugar and oil can slough off some of the dead skin on your hands and moisten them, too. Mix 3 tbsp. sugar and 1 tbsp. of olive oil until it is blended. Rub on your hands for five to seven minutes and rinse. Your hands should immediately be softer.
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