It can be a challenge to keep hard-working hands strong and it’s not uncommon to experience very dry, chapped, sensitive hands during the winter months. Here we explain why hands are so vulnerable to winter dryness and what you can do keep them feeling soft and nourished.
WHY DO MY HANDS GET SO DRY?
We use our hands constantly and during the day we expose them to drying cold weather and damaging UV light.
Most of us will also wash our hands frequently throughout the day. Hands have few sebaceous glands so using a hand wash which contains skin-drying ingredients like alcohol can suck moisture out of the skin.
Since we use and wash our hands so much, areas of dry skin can quickly become sore and irritated. For this reason, it is important to establish a hand care regime that keeps the skin on your hands clean, soft and hydrated.
THE 3-STEP NATURAL HAND CARE REGIME FOR VERY DRY HANDS
1. LOVE GLOVES
Mittens and woolly gloves can keep hands warm and cosy. They can also provide a layer of protection between the skin on your hands and UV light and bacteria, and by doing so, help keep exposure to skin-ageing sunlight and drying, chemical hand washes to a minimum.
Wear rubber gloves when cleaning, gardening or washing-up. This will protect your skin from dirt, detergent and chemicals.
2. SWITCH YOUR SOAP
Dry skin develops when the skin produces less oil and it can be exacerbated by use of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and alcohol-based skin care.
It can be challenging to avoid alcohol-based soap as many hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes encourage the use of an alcohol hand rub to minimise the spread of winter viruses like the flu.
Whilst it is important to practice good hand hygiene to minimise the spread of germs, it is also important to be aware that, when applied to the skin, ethanol alcohol evaporates and strips away your skin’s natural moisture.
Applying a hydrating hand cream to clean hands helps to inject moisture back into the skin but those with very dry hands may well find that they benefit from switching their bathroom and kitchen soaps to a SLS-free hand wash.
BEST NATURAL ANTIBACTERIAL HAND WASH FOR VERY DRY SKIN
Green People hand washes are perfect for very dry skin as they are all free from ethanol and the anti-microbial agent Triclosan.
Our Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree Antibacterial Hand Wash also contains naturally antiseptic Tea Tree and Manuka. These kill harmful bacteria without contributing to bacterial resistance or harming the skin on your hands.
For optimum effects apply to wet hands, wash thoroughly then rinse off any excess soap. Damp hands can be vulnerable to dryness and wet hands carry far more germs so always dry your hands thoroughly after washing them then apply a nourishing hand cream.
If the skin on your hands is particularly sensitive or prone to dermatitis opt for our Scent Free Hand Wash which is formulated without essential oils or artificial fragrance.
Powerful organic hand wash for kitchen and bathroom
3. DRENCH VERY DRY HANDS WITH HAND CREAM
If winter weather leaves your hands feeling weary, give your skin’s moisture levels a boost with a generous helping of moisturiser. Hand cream should be applied to very dry hands after every hand wash and as needed in between. For intense hand care, be sure to check the label for these skin-restoring ingredients:
SHEA BUTTER: Packed with vitamins E and pro-vitamin A, soothing Shea Butter has protective properties and helps shield dry skin from environmental aggressors.
MANUKA: Distilled from the leaves of the Manuka Bush, Manuka has antimicrobial actives which defend the skin from harmful bacteria.
OLIVE SQUALANE: Deeply hydrating and non-greasy, Squalane is ideal for skin affected by dermatitis and eczema. It is rich in vitamin E and helps restore elasticity.
SWEET ORANGE: An antiseptic ingredient, Sweet Orange helps stimulate blood circulation so that the skin is well nourished and capable of self-restoring.
These nourishing plant-actives are all key ingredients in Green People’s Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree Hand Cream. This ultra-hydrating hand cream for very dry hands provides instant relief and is packed with soothing antibacterial ingredients to keep hard-working hands feeling soft, strong and nourished.
Alex from Green People suffers from very dry hands and says:
“If you have very dry hands, you may find yourself scratching them in your sleep and causing further skin damage. To help your hands stay healthy, apply a generous amount of Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree Hand Cream to your hands at bedtime and wear cotton gloves whilst you sleep.”
SHOP FOR NOURISHING WINTER HAND CREAMS
What tips do you have for using hand cream on very dry hands? Join the conversation at @GreenPeopleUK or by commenting in the section below.