Tips for Dry Hands

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Dry skin on one’s hands a common concern no matter what time of year it is, but winter weather can be especially brutal. Between cold winds, hot water, and extra washings to keep germs at bay, hands take a beating when the weather turns cold! Avoid itching, stinging, redness, and chapping with these tips for dry hands.

Restore
Chapped skin
becomes that way because the skin’s natural lipid barrier is compromised. The lipid barrier is responsible for keeping aggressors out while locking moisture in. If the barrier becomes damaged by harsh weather and other conditions, hydration will be lost quickly.

To restore the lipid barrier to your hands, you must moisturize with a barrier-promoting skin care product, such as Atopalm Moisturizing Hand Treatment, which is formulated with MLE Technology to recreate the lipid layer. It also supplies moisture and helps relieve feelings of dryness and discomfort, all while diminishing visible signs of aging. Begin your day with this treatment and you’ll be well on your way to more comfortable hands.

Protect
Gloves and mittens do much more than keep your hands toasty warm. They can also protect your skin against harsh winds, extreme cold, and artificial heat. On top of that, they can also help to keep your hand lotion from evaporating, which allows it to provide optimized benefits to your hands. Choose a pair with a soft lining that won’t irritate your sensitive skin, but be sure that the lining won’t be ruined by your hand cream of choice.

Prevent
After you’ve healed your dry skin, do your best to prevent another flare-up with these simple steps. First off, avoid taking excessively hot showers, or using hot water when washing your hands. It may be tempting to warm up with hot water, but it will strip your skin, causing it to become drier than ever. Instead, using comfortably warm water when bathing, and cool water when washing your hands throughout the day.

Secondly, make sure to use body wash and soap that’s formulated for sensitive skin. It should be free of harsh cleansing agents and other irritating ingredients. Hypoallergenic formulas are great, but any gentle product will do.

Lastly, moisturize regularly! Use an intensive hand cream as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed. Throughout the day, you can use a lighter-weight product after washing your hands, but if your skin is extremely dry, you may want to use your heavier cream no matter what.

By following these easy skin care tips, you’re sure to restore comfort, softness, and beauty to your hands before you know it. You may never have to experience dry winter skin on your hands again!

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