Just like we never skip the moisturiser after washing our face, we should never forget to do the same for our hands! Given that we use them to do most of our tasks, here are 5 reasons to start using a hand cream.
1 Our hands age faster
The skin on the top of our hands has fewer sebaceous glands and hence dries faster. Moreover, they are often over-exposed to several environmental stressors including the sun, water, dryness, pollution, etc. These factors cause them to develop early signs of aging such as pigmentation, wrinkles, and thinning of the skin.
2 Heal dry and cracked skin
Routine cleaning and washing dry out your hands and in severe cases, the skin may crack and develop rashes due to loss of its natural oils and moisture. While many of us use a regular moisturiser or body lotion for our hands, they are not enough to serve the purpose. Hand creams have a richer consistency and are made with ultra-moisturising formula.
3 Repair damaged skin
Choose a hand cream with an intense repair formula made with moisture-binding ingredients such as Kokum Butter, Honey, Aloe Vera, Coconut oil, Apricot oil, etc. to repair damaged skin.
4 Protect against infections
Cracked or bleeding hands are more prone to bacterial and viral infections. Damaged and unprotected skin harbors more pathogens and unless we maintain a good regime, washing hands frequently won’t be of much help.
5 Do not forget your nails
While you are at it, make sure to apply some hand cream to your nails. They are extremely prone to damage and infections. Massaging your fingertips with the cream will keep your nails and cuticles healthy, moisturised and prevent dirt and microorganisms from taking shelter.
Following a healthy hand care regime not only fights early signs of aging but also keeps infections at bay. Pick a hand cream and make it an essential part of your self-care routine.