Hand Care in Winter
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Winter months bring snow, the warmth of home, hot chocolate and mulled wine, but very often it brings brittle nails and dry skin too. What can be done to protect them?
After the face, hands are the second most noticed part of our body. The handshake is a crutial sign in making the first impression, and no one wants to leave a feel of a turtle shell skin when introducing to someone.
With the problem of dry skin faces a third of the population, and it occurs as a result of:
• stay in cool, dry winter air, especially in windy, cold morning;
• stay in rooms with central heating;
• frequent washing which removes the protective greasy film on the surface of the skin, which accelerates water loss;
• aging, because after fifty years of age the water content in the skin gradually decreases;
• diuretic therapy.
The cold, wind and the water are especially unfriendly to the hands skin and the nails, and they suffer the most during the winter. Tucking the hands in the gloves is just one of the ways to protect them. But, despite that, it is necessary to add more dedicated tips to make winter hand care complete.
Why nails cannot stand winter?
The source of the problem is: the lack of humidity. Healthy nails contain, on average, 18% of water in it. In the winter months, we kept going from warm and dry air into the Interior and icy temperatures that are out there. Such fluctuations result in a decrease in humidity in your nails for what they dehydrate. Desiccated nails are then more prone to cracking and peeling. To what your nails will certainly be not thankful are alcohol-based care products, as well as washing detergent.
The dishwashing is the biggest enemy of your nails. It is time you get rubber gloves!
What can be done with the hands?
In the case of the lack of natural moisturizers and lipids, water is not retained in corneal layer of the skin and skin becomes dry. The use of skin moisturizers, such as urea or glycerol, is the basis for maintaining healthy and moist skin.
Another first aid solution is Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL). Reducing the he loss of water through the skin with the help of occlusion (full coverage) with hydrophobic fats, oils and fatty creams.
A thin layer of lipids prevents drying of the skin, balancing its rough surface and makes it elastic and resilient. Urea is a natural component of human skin that maintains skin hydration. The use of lotions that contain urea improves the water holding capacity of the corneal layer of the skin and increases the flexibility and elasticity of dry skin.
Taking proper care of hands does not have to be a major problem. There are things you can do every day to help your hands look and feel good. It is just needed to develop a good routine and give your hands a helping hand.