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How to keep your hands in tip-top condition

Cover Media logo Cover Media 9/11/2019
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Most people overlook their hands during their skincare or beauty routines when they need just as much TLC as the rest of the body.

Our hands are regularly exposed to a variety of substances, from soaps and shampoos, to harsh cleaning products, can easily become dry and irritated by water, are particularly susceptible to the cold weather, and are one of the first parts of the body to show ageing.

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That’s why Holly Wagman, New Product Development Manager of Skin Academy, believes our hands deserve their own dedicated skincare routine.

Here are her top tips for keeping your hands looking healthy.

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,” suggests Holly.

Moisturise

“Chemicals and general environmental pollution strip moisture from the skin so it’s recommended to invest in a good moisturiser. Use it throughout the day, particularly after washing hands.

This will help maintain the moisture level in the skin, preventing skin from drying out,” the expert says, recommending the Skin Academy Moisturising Hand Gloves.

Protect your hands with gloves

“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!” Holly continues.

Sun protection

“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,” the pro advises, adding that people tend to apply moisturisers and creams and then wipe their hands with a towel, which will get rid of the protection.

She recommends letting it soak in for a couple of minutes.

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