The hands are, with the face, one of the parts of the body most exposed to external aggression. If they are solicited throughout the year, they are particularly suffering in winter and require appropriate care.
Why is the skin of the hands so sensitive?
The skin of the hands is particularly sensitive because very exposed. It is in direct connection with the outside. We do a lot of things with. During housework, it is in constant contact with lime water, detergent products. Not to mention washing several times a day that cause dryness, irritation, ageing, itching. It is not so much its characteristics that make it sensitive, but the use that one makes. The hands are also the object of little care, unlike the face, the body, which one is used to pamper.
What are the causes of its dryness and aging?
The water, the detergents, the cold, the wind, the sun. It is part, with the skin of the face, areas permanently exposed to the outside. The Hydro-lipid film is attacked, altered and no longer plays its role as protector. Especially since after 40 years, a natural ageing occurs. The skin dries up, and even more at the hands that betray the age far more than the rest of the body. The renewal of the skin cells is slower, the skin wilts, colored, loses its substance, especially between the phalanges where it is normally plumper.
What care can be brought to them and how often?
We have to protect them. When you do the dishes or the cleaning, put on rubber gloves. When you go out in cold weather, wool gloves. In the sun, coat them with protective cream. In winter, you should also think about moisturizing them, applying cream at least once or twice a day. Choose it according to the pleasure it gives you. First of all, you have to be pleasant. If it is too greasy, you may not reuse it. But it is the regularity of the application that is effective. For people whose work requires regular contact with detergents, there are “barrier” creams, which repair and insulate the hands from the outside by forming a protective film.