The rear of the hands, across the knuckles, is an area especially prone to chapped skin. This is because the hands are more often exposed to the harsh external environment. The hands are also subjected to frequent abrasion as you go about your daily chores. Frequent contact with cleaning agents can also play a role in skin deterioration.
The palm of the hand has a relatively thick epidermis. Here, extra protection is called for. A layer of cells called the lucidum has evolved on the palms to help them withstand the normal wear and tear of everyday life. However, the skin of the hand does not have a uniform structure. Delicate, thinner skin covers the back of the hand. Unfortunately, both the front and the back of a person’s hands are usually subjected to the same rigours and this is when problems can develop.
As the hues of autumn fade into winter, chapped hands can make their presence felt just as the first frosts shroud the early morning landscape. Those who are particularly likely to suffer are people who work predominantly outside. Similarly, those who follow personal lives that require extended time out of doors are also prone. Even if your only prolonged venture out of doors is to sweep up the fallen leaves from the lawn, chapped hands can be an unwelcome nuisance.
If you suffer from winter-induced chapped skin or sore hands, you will have only one main question. What is the best course of action to help ease the condition?
Reducing the dryness of your skin is a vital first step. By ensuring that your skin is adequately moisturised, you will help maintain its natural suppleness. This will help promote a smooth, soft epidermis that in turn will reduce the incidence of sore and chapped areas. Indeed, regular moisturising forms the foundation of any successful treatment.
Care should be taken when using cosmetic moisturisers. Any added fragrance may induce an adverse reaction. Remember, the aim is to have smooth, supple skin — not sore, chapped skin that smells nice.
Perhaps, somewhat illogically, frequent wetting of the hands can lead to a drying of the skin. This is because the continual wetness, cleaning and drying of the hands can damage the outer layer of lipids that protect and help maintain the correct hydration levels of the skin.
Wearing rubber gloves may be a tempting solution to prevent the hands getting wet. However, wearing rubber gloves can result in unnecessary skin friction and also inhibit normal perspiration. In addition, some people have an allergy to latex. The last thing you want to do is aggravate already sensitive chapped skin.
Using a barrier cream is another popular method of protecting the skin from wetness. Unfortunately, to be effective, most barrier creams leave a thick, greasy and slippery residue on your hands. This can make your hand feel less dextrous as you go about your normal everyday tasks.
Derma Shield is laboratory tested and is alcohol and fragrance free and non-toxic. It leaves you feeling grease free and allows your skin to breathe and perspire naturally. Derma Shield can be used on any area of the body and one application is effective for up to four hours — even with frequent washing.
Derma Shield provides your skin with a microscopic protective layer that helps lock in your skin’s moisture content — thus helping to address any dryness. This microscopic layer also protects the skin from contact with allergens — reducing the chance of contact dermatitis.
When used in conjunction with the following tips, Derma Shield can make a positive difference to anyone suffering from sore, chapped hands:
- looks_one Aim to wash your hands as few times as possible during the day, but always keep in mind the need for hygiene.
- looks_two When you do wash, use a mild, fragrant free soap.
- looks_3 Washing in lukewarm water places the skin under less strain than washing in very hot water. Similarly, a shower is preferential to a bath.
- looks_4 Use a soft towel, with a blotting action, to dry. This will reduce the amount of abrasion that your skin receives.
- looks_5 When you go out on windy or cold days, wear a pair of windproof gloves.
- looks_6 Lastly, avoid scratching any area of soreness or chapped skin. Scratching may provide temporary relief to any dry itchiness, but it will also likely increase the sensitivity of the skin. Continual scratching will also probably damage the epidermis.
With just a little care and attention you will soon find that your chapped hands are as distant a memory as the sunshine of last summer.
Keep Your Skin Feeling Silky Smooth
Derma Shield contains pharmaceutical grade Aloe vera and vitamin E which reduces soreness and irritation and helps maintain supple, soft, smooth skin. In addition, its microscopic protective layer forms an effective barrier against allergens, helping alleviate the source of contact dermatitis. One application will normally last for up to five hours and give you the confidence to face harsh weather without the fear of dry, chapped skin.
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