Step by Step Guide for Daily Hand Care Routine

Introduction

We care a lot about our faces and use the most expensive beauty products to maintain beauty. But, we ignore the care of hands, which are the most used and exposed part of the body. Doesn’t care about the hand’s beauty and makes all of the efforts to look good and charming useless. Because that the hands are continuously exposed to the open environment at a high risk to be dry. Here we are sharing the information about the factors that directly impact your hands’ beauty and their solutions and recommendations. With this information, you can maintain a hand care routine easily at home.

Factors Affecting The Hands

1.Weather

It’s not a good idea to go for a sidewalk in the open sun without having shade on sunny days. The ultraviolet rays emitting from the Sun and the wind’s humidity level can lead to skin damage on the hands and cause skin dryness. While in cold weather, when the humidity level is too low in the environment can also contribute to dry skin. Often it’s a temporary dryness that can get better if the humidity returns to the average level. Low humidity weather saps the moisture from the body’s exposed parts and makes them dry and dehydrated.

2.Heat

Hot weather increases the water loss from the body and can cause dehydration. This leads the skin to be dry, red, and irritated. Especially in the summer, when the temperature reaches the peak level, it directly affects your skin. Even on the inside of your home, some things can cause a low humidity level in the house. Electric heating appliances like Air Conditioners, Heaters, Stoves, and all other fireplaces reduce the humidity level in your house’s local environment. It affects much more than the outside weather has an impact on your skin. 

3. Hot baths and showers

Taking too long and hot showers or baths can also make your skin dry. Taking a bath more than once a day affects your skin, just like frequent swimming in the chlorinated water (e.g., water parks) affects. Remember that hot showers are similar to sunburn, which can cause itching, redness, and loss of natural oils, proteins, fats, and fibers, which can misbalance the skin’s natural moisture. Even more frequent contact with the water removes the natural oils present on the skin, which tends to dry.

4. Most frequent use of chemical-based products

In April 2020, hand gel became the world’s fastest-growing hand care product. [1] This shows how Covid 19 triggers hand gel usage these days. Apart from hand gels, we use hand washes, soaps, and shampoos to clean the skin and kill harmful germs. These chemical-based products are made to remove dirt, organic materials, and extra oils from the skin. But their most frequent use also removes the necessary natural oils from the skin and makes it dry.

5. Dehydration

Dehydration is also the leading cause of skin dryness. If you are not drinking enough water and sleeping less than the recommended period of 7 hours per day, you may face dehydration and skin dryness, and many more skin conditions that may also be permanent. Our skin needs enough water (at least 2 liters a day or more if you are doing a highly active job or drinking a plethora of alcohol and coffee) to moisturize properly.  

6. Smoking

Research on comparing the biophysical properties of the skin of smokers and non-smokers reveals that Tobacco smoke is toxic for the cells and a negative factor to the skin. [2]

Tobacco smoke reduces the elasticity and moisture of the skin. It’s also the reason behind skin aging, delayed wound healing, skin infections, color dullness, and many more skin disorders. Some of the medical conditions are hard to treat effectively in smokers.

7. Stress

Psychological changes like depression, stress, and anxiety can cause skin damage and other skin issues. When you feel stressed, hormones like Cortisol and Adrenaline are released into your body which causes increased oil production in your skin glands. People are experiencing any psychological conditions their body excrete the increased level of these hormones, which can negatively impact the skin.

8. Age

Although the number of cells remains the same with aging, the cells containing pigments help keep the color glowing decrease and develop other different health conditions. People more than the 50s might have to face skin problems, especially skin dryness, and also their skin becomes thinner.

9. Medical Conditions

Medical conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis are often linked to allergies. These medical conditions can cause your skin to be itchy, cracked, inflamed, and dry. If you face any of these issues, try brushing up on the other factors in this list. If you have a severe skin condition, it might be better to discuss it with your doctor. 

In addition to it, dry skin may crack open and bleed the pores of your skin, which clears the path for the bacteria to enter into your skin’s pores and can cause bacterial infections. 

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Step By Step Hand Care Routine

1. Hand Wash

Due to Covid-19, you may notice that you’re washing your hands more frequently than ever. Just continue with that habit and use your desired hand wash to remove the dirt, organic material, dead skin cells, and other harmful microorganisms. Before applying hand wash, wash your hands with clean and lukewarm water, then apply the hand wash (Soap or Liquid, whatever you have). Rotationally rub your hands and use your thumbs to clean the fingers. After that, rewash your hands with water and a towel to dry the hands.

Repeat the same process after every 2 to 3 hours and every time you go outside the house and come back. Don’t forget to wash the hands whenever touching dirty things. Use the hand wash having more natural ingredients than the chemicals.

2. Moisturize

Although if your hands are not dry yet, you should still take care of them. Prevent your hands from dehydration by applying moisturizers. Always use the certified oil-rich creams which contain naturally extracted oils. It will help keep your hands hydrated and relieve irritation, redness, itching, and normalize your hands’ elasticity. Keep in mind that even if it is honey, a lot can be a poison to you. 

Before buying a moisturizer, check if it is suitable for your skin type; don’t forget to check its smell. Buy the moisturizer with an SPF level of more than 15. It would help if you used the moisturizer at least two times a day – one time in the morning and one time in the night. Take a cashew-sized moisturizer cream – more than this can impact negatively – on the center of your palm. Massage your hands softly by rubbing them gently in a circular motion. 

3. Use sunscreen

It may seem impossible to be at home all the time. But no matter how many times you go out, you need to protect your hands from the direct sunlight. Next time, when you go outside, don’t forget to use sunscreen. Buy the sunscreen with at least 30 SPF or more water resistant and protect you from the UV rays. Apply approximately two milligrams of the sunscreen per centimeter square of the skin. To get better protection, you should apply the sunscreen after every 2 to 3 hours or whenever you go outdoors or immediately after swimming or sweating.

4. Exposure

Yes, it’s fitting that you should not use any chemical-based products for an extended period. That’s why you should focus on less exposure of the hands to direct sunlight, dirt and prevent from getting wet frequently. You should wear gloves when doing the dishes, laundry, and other household chores. Choose the gloves that can deal best with the temperature and chemical conditions. Wash your hands properly before wearing the gloves, and do the same after removing the gloves.

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Things You Can Do To Maintain Hand Care

1. Drink plenty of water

Although you are not experiencing dry skin, it’s still necessary to maintain the body’s hydration level to prevent future skin problems. Without drinking enough water, your skin may appear duller and wrinkles and pores more prominent. Drink plenty of water if you don’t want to face these skin problems in the future. Drink at least eight glasses of water in a day to keep your skin soft, smooth, glowing, and hydrated. 

2. Eat Right

What you eat directly affects your skin. Proteins and Vitamin D and Vitamin C, E, and K are necessary for better skin, strong nails, and keeping your hands smooth and soft. Fishes, Eggs, and beans are some of the Vitamin D and protein-rich foods. A diet that consists of highly processed and extra oily food may cause inflammation on the skin. 

3. Don’t smoke

There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. Quitting smoking will be a better idea if you are a smoker. If you can’t quit, make sure to smoke less if you are facing any skin disorders. Above stated research discloses the fact about how Tobacco harms the skin. You can also use nicotine pouches to quit smoking to reduce the skin disorder risk.

4. Limit Alcohol & Coffee usage

Despite that, you feel relaxed with alcohol and coffee intake, but still, they are somehow harmful to your skin. It is proved that the vast consumption or addiction of alcohol can cause Psoriasis-a skin infection.[3] Moreover, it degrades the water level in the body, which may cause dehydration. It would be better to reduce alcohol and coffee intake if you are facing any skin problems or dehydration. If you can’t keep yourself from drinking, then reduce its amount and leave by the time and drink plenty of water.

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Conclusion

Whatever the above is stated are the leading causes of skin dryness and dullness and its solutions. These are the most effective steps to cure to prevent skin dryness and dullness on the hands. If you’re experiencing any skin issues, you may consider following these steps. Try changing your lifestyle, diet and replace your bad habits with the right ones. Make sure to do the exercise, meditation, and skin massage. Always try to go with the less chemical-based or beauty items having all the ingredients natural or use the Ayurvedic products.

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