READ THE CAPTION⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ We spend so much time tending to the skin on our faces – slathering on every last anti-aging potion we can find – that we often forget that there are other areas that are very susceptible to the aging process.
So, to get our facts straight and prevent premature aging of our hands, it’s time to protect your hands from…
Sun damage manifests itself in many forms – wrinkles, dark spots, blotchy red spots, and uneven pigmentation to name a few. Investing in a hand cream that has SPF 30 or higher and offers broad spectrum protection. Use it daily, regardless of whether it is sunny or cloudy - damage occurs 365 days a year, even in the cold winter months. Even if you’re spending all day inside an office, your hands need protection. In cold temps, gloves are a must for warmth, but they provide more protection than you know. Cold air and harsh winds deplete the skin of water and natural moisturizing factors. To provide protection from the cold, keep hands covered whenever possible. The warm, dry air from furnaces going full blast can have a drying effect on the skin too.
2. HOUSEHOLD CHORES
Dishwashing liquids are extremely harsh on the hands – altering the acidity of the skin, degrading the good fats that solidify the top layer and barrier of your skin, and stripping away natural moisturizing factors. Wear a pair of cotton gloves followed by a pair of latex or nitrile gloves when washing the dishes to protect your skin from harsh grease-fighting agents. If dishwashing liquids strip skin of its natural oils and protectants, hand soaps can too. Many of the liquid soaps, especially antibacterial ones, contain irritants that cause hands to become dry, cracked and even inflamed. Look for hand washes that have pH stabilizing/buffering agents like dimethicone, silicone, and phosphoric acid. Even more importantly, after washing, ALWAYS lock moisture in with a cream or ointment-based moisturizer.