Our hands say more about us than we realize. They are among the most important limbs of our body. Because our hands are used more often than any other part of our body, they are exposed to various toxic substances every day. These factors cause our hands to get damaged faster. Therefore, it is essential to protect and care for our hands. In this blog, we will take a closer look at hand care.
Why Is Hand Care Necessary?
Because we use our hands to perform most of our daily activities, we are constantly exposed to harmful factors. Temperature changes, wind, sun, and contact with chemical products, all of these threaten the skin on our hands and accelerate the aging process.
Aging begins around the age of 25. At that point, the first signs of skin aging begin to appear. Skin becomes drier, thinner, more sensitive, and less elastic. Collagen and hyaluronic acid production begin to decrease. This decrease accelerates the aging process.
Collagen (An Important Body Protein)
Collagen gives skin its firmness and elasticity; after the age of 25, collagen production declines. As a result, the skin ages, becomes weaker, wrinkles, and is more susceptible to external factors.
Hyaluronic Acid (Body Substance)
Hyaluronic acid is a component of our body that maintains flexibility and moisture. Hyaluronic acid keeps the skin moist. Its most important feature is that it retains large amounts of water. It also plays a vital role in the wound healing process.
Unlike the skin of the face and other parts of the body, the palms of the hands do not have sebaceous glands. The lack of sebaceous glands makes it impossible to protect our hands from dehydration. Therefore, to keep our hands in good condition, it is imperative to lubricate them well with hand cream. It slows down the aging process and prevents dehydration.
Is Hand Washing Bad for Hand Skin?
Hand washing is essential to remove dirt and bacteria, but it does not always have a positive effect on the skin of the hands. Soap and disinfectants damage the skin barrier, resulting in a massive loss of skin moisture. The loss of moisture ultimately leads to dry hands. Excessive hand washing can cause skin problems such as inflammation, which can lead to chronic eczema over time.
Moisture evaporation from hand washing is a significant factor affecting the skin’s condition. To protect your hands from dryness, we recommend choosing soaps that contain natural oils and vitamins and mild baby soaps that do not damage the skin’s natural barrier function.
How to Protect Hands from Dehydration?
We have already discussed in this blog that protecting hands from dehydration is vital. We have compiled a few tips to help you take better care of your hands.
- Moisturize your hands with hand cream regularly, especially after washing.
- Wash hands with warm water and mild soap containing natural oils and vitamins.
- Dry hands with paper or towels and avoid using hand dryers
- Use nitrile gloves for housework, gardening, and harsh products
- Remember to apply sunscreen to your hands in the summer. UV rays can also accelerate skin aging.
- Exfoliate regularly, and remember to apply hand cream after exfoliating.
- Wear gloves in winter.
How Food Affects the Skin of the Hands
Taking care of the skin is not only done from the outside but also the inside. A strict diet and lack of vitamins and minerals can adversely affect the condition of hands and nails. Remember to eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink water regularly. If the skin is not sufficiently moisturized from the inside, even the most luxurious spa treatment may not have the desired effect.
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