How to Get Softer Hands
We often neglect our hands and feet when it comes to moisturizing, and it’s usually just because they’re not the first things we see in the mirror in the morning. In fact, we rarely make the conscious effort to look at our hands and feet at all. And it’s fair; we probably have more pressing things to do.
Taking care of your hands and getting softer skin doesn’t require a whole lot of change in a person’s routine, though. It’s very much doable, and doesn’t require you to take a lot of time out of your schedule. Here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to get softer hands.
How Do Hands Become Rough?
Skin becomes dry for a variety of reasons, one of them being the weather. A lot of people experience extra dryness of the skin in the winter time, from the lack of moisture, and they can experience it not just in the hands, but on their arms, legs and the rest of the body.
Some people have drier skin in general, and that is normal too.
There are different reasons that hands become rough as well; it can be the weather, or the kind of stress that’s put on your hands. Certain workplace conditions can also cause dry or rough hands. Those who have jobs that require extensive handwashing, such as nurses, doctors, or teachers, and people in fields of construction can find their hands become drier fast. People who work in factories, or with paint or those who work with chemicals (like hair dyes) can find their hands dry, too.
What Do I Get Softer Hands?
The one plus side to an issue like rough or dry hands, is that it’s pretty reparable for the most part! Just a couple of small adjustments to your daily routine can help you straighten out rough-skin conditions.
There are particular conditions, such as bleeding, severe redness, or swelling, that are signs that you should seek medical opinion. But if your hands are dry from conditions such as work, the weather, or it is simply due to your skin-type, all you need are a few simple tips.
Getting into the habit of coddling your skin is the starting point.
1. DO use lotion or hand moisturizer
Just like the rest of your body, your hands deserve and need to moisturized. Without it, skin begins to crack and flake. Using a hand lotion or moisturizer daily, a few times a day if possible, is the easiest and quickest way to see softer hands and see them quick.
A great hand moisturizer is one that doesn’t require you having to constantly reapply before the next time you wash your hands. We like the Anti-Aging Hand Cream by Osea for it’s ability to moisturize completely, while reversing damage done in the past.
2. DON’T use irritating or overly-drying soaps
Most of us are aware that using soap on your face instead of cleanser causes dryness and strips the skin of its natural oils. Turns out, it’s better for your hands that you use natural soaps, because natural ingredients such as oils can actually soften your skin rather than dry it out.
Soapply for Credo Liquid Hand Wash uses an organic oil formula to hydrate and moisturize while you wash your hands. With it’s natural ingredients, it’s a great soap to use if you want your hands to be clean but not become rough.
(Drying soaps are not just the ones that you wash your hands with, but also the ones you wash dishes with. To avoid too much contact with soaps that are only meant for dishes, use rubber gloves when you wash.)
3. DO exfoliate
You’ll start to notice that a lot of the things you are doing (or should be doing) for your face, are the same as what you need to be doing for your hands as well.
If you are already in the habit of a daily skincare routine, a quick addition to it is to start exfoliating your hands! Good exfoliators are able to nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. You don’t have to do it every day; a couple of times a week is sufficient to get rid of dead skin cells and renew your skin.
4. DON’T use hot air dryers
If you can avoid hot-air dryers, do so. They are popular because they are quick and convenient, and they keep you from accidentally rubbing your hands on your shirt. But it’s better to avoid because hot air can dry out your hands, which causes that roughness to develop. Use a towel or lightly use paper towel to dry. Apply lotion once you are done.
5. DO use a humidifier
A humidifier is actually a great addition to anyone’s skincare system, even though it may not be the first thing you think of. Especially in the winter time and in drier climates, a humidifier can help soften your skin. All you have to do is turn it on.
Getting softer, younger-looking hands really doesn’t have to be loads of work. Consistently follow these few tips and you will have softer hands in no time at all!