Top beauty expert Holly Wagman, NPD Manager of Skin Academy, says “for the majority, our hands are very much overlooked in any skincare or beauty routine, yet they come into daily contact with harsh detergents and are particularly susceptible to weather changes. Therefore in order to prevent hands getting dry and sore, here are my top tips for looking after them all year round.
Turn Down the Temperature
There is nothing better than a hot soak in the bath but unfortunately hot water can strip moisture from the skin and cause further dryness. We recommend limiting the amount of time you spend in the bath or shower to just five minutes or using colder water. This will eventually help to avoid dry and irritated hands.
Chemicals and general environmental pollution strip moisture from the skin so it’s recommended to invest in a good moisturiser and use throughout the day, particularly after washing hands. This will help maintain the moisture level in the skin, preventing skin from drying out. Another tip is to moisturise your hands with a moisturising glove and you can look after your feet at the same time too, by popping some Skin Academy socks on as part of your bedtime routine.
It is vital to try to reduce the amount of bacteria left on hands. This can be done by keeping nails trimmed and regularly cleaning underneath the nail tip. Try and keep hands from being exposed to the elements by investing in a good pair of gloves. Whether they are worn for washing up, gardening or general daywear, make them a fashion statement!
Drink Plenty of Water
Surprisingly, hands need moisture and can become dehydrated from the inside too. So as the summer months beckon, keep drinking plenty of fluids, water and fruit teas. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing, cleansing and hydrating at the same time, ensuring skin is left glowing and thoroughly hydrated!
Sun protection is commonly applied during the summer months. However, UVA-UVB rays are actually prominent all year round and therefore everyone should wear minimum Factor 30 throughout all seasons. This helps protect exposed skin from UVA-UVB rays, which are frequently disregarded. It is also common for people to apply moisturisers then rub their hands with a towel afterwards to get rid of the residue; this in fact just wipes the protection off. Instead, apply sun protection and then leave for a couple of minutes for the moisturiser to soak in to the hands too!
Skin Academy has a range of products that can repair and protect the hands, including new Moisturising Hand Gloves, available in Bodycare stores (RRP £1.99) and Daily Hand Moisturisers available online at Boohoo.com. Other products in the range such as Sheet Masks, Face Masks, Lip Masks and Gel Eye Patches can all be used to keep skin healthy.
For more information on Skin Academy, including moisturising hand creams and products, visit Skin-academy.co.uk