I believe everyone will agree that 2020 is the year of clean hands. We are all washing our hands more than ever and that means they deserve a little extra care. Keeping your hands clean and healthy can be tricky. Here are some easy hand care tips to help you develop a great routine.
1. Don’t Use Hot Water
It is not necessary to wash you hands in HOT water to get them clean. A mild temperature or cool water works just fine as long as the water is clean. Washing your hands in hot water actually strips the skin of moisture. Now consider that we are all doing this multiple times a day and the result will be dry skin.
While it is necessary to repeatedly wash our hands, using a soap with moisturizer can help with dryness. Also, don’t forget to always dry your hands. Germs love to grab onto a wet surface so get those hands nice and dry.
2. Use A Moisturizer
The only way to combat dry skin and nails is with a moisturizer. Applying a quality moisturizer every time you wash your hands will help protect your skin. You may want to consider a brand without a fragrances. These additives can often cause further irritation.
It may seem like a lot of trouble to apply moisturizer every time you wash your hands. Keeping a small bottle or tube of moisturizer near the sink or in your purse will keep it simple to accomplish.
3. Take Care of Your Nails
Increased hand washing can lead to damaged cuticles. The cuticle is the protective seal for the nail. Keeping it healthy is important to your nail health. A damaged or dry cuticle is painful, often red and can lead to infection.
The best way to maintain the cuticle is by pushing them back. Never cut your cuticles. The best time to do this is after you shower. Another option is to use a cuticle cream to keep them soft and pliable.
4. Nail Polish
Keeping your nails polished gives your hands a whole new look. There are many brands of polish and colors to suit every mood. If you are not so skilled at applying polish, then try some press-on nails. You can get that “salon” look without the cost. Today’s press-on nails generally last about a week with regular hand washing.
Your hands say a lot about you. Other than your face, people see your hands more than anything else. Don’t let dry cracked skin be your “calling card”. Give your hands some extra love and take your hand care to a new level. Check out Sephora.com for all your skin care needs. Keep washing and keep moisturizing!