Constant use of our hands throughout the day can lead to damage, and once this has happened everything we do with them can make the damage much worse. From doing the dishes to just exposing them to the elements. It can sometimes seem like the skin is never going to feel smooth again. Luckily, there are ways to help speed up the dry skin healing process. It’s easy to moisturise and rejuvenate dry, chapped hands and help skin to both look and feel healthy.
Here are five handy tips from Real World on how to combat sore hands, dry hands and cracked hands. Follow these hand care tips and your hands will start feeling and looking better.
1. USE THE CORRECT PRODUCTS
The most important step is to use the correct product. Use one of Real World’s Natural Plant Based Hand Washes. Using soap can really dry out your skin, along with some Hand Washes that are full of chemicals and very harsh on your hands. Rinsing them under warm water for approximately 20 seconds as usual. Then, take care to dry them thoroughly, especially if you have cracked fingers where water can linger. After washing, apply one of Real World’s Natural Plant Based Hand Creams. The cream will replace and lock in moisture, working from the inside out to create healthier, healed skin. Continue to apply the Hand Cream throughout the day to keep your hands nourished and moisturised.
2. PROTECT YOUR HANDS FROM THE ELEMENTS TO KEEP MOISTURE IN
When the temperatures drop, the amount of moisture the air can hold also drops, meaning very low humidity levels. Cold temperatures and low humidity rapidly deplete skin of moisture, leading to dry skin particularly on the most exposed parts of your body, like your hands. To protect your hands from the elements, keep the skin well moisturised and wear gloves. Choose one of our Hand Creams to lock in moisture that’s already there. It will prevent you from losing any more.
3. SWITCH YOUR DISHWASHING LIQUID TO A NATURAL ONE
As you do the dishes your hands are in warm sometimes hot water and add a harsh dishwashing liquid in the mix and your hands are so exposed to drying out and become cracked and painful. Real World’s lovely gentle Dishwashing Liquid is Plant Based and very kind on hands. Remember after doing the dishes, dry your hands thoroughly and apply one of Real World’s Plant Based Natural Hand Creams.
4. PROTECT FROM HARSH CLEANING AGENTS
If you have very dry skin on your hands, or you’re suffering with painful, cracked fingertips, be careful how you use your hands. Some everyday activities like cleaning the house can actually make dry skin worse. Cleaning products and other common household items can dry the skin out more, or cause painful stinging. So, when you clean, be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin and prevent irritation from harsh cleaning products.
5. MOISTURISE OVERNIGHT
If you have very dry hands or cracked skin, then try moisturising your hands just before you go to sleep at night. Use one of Real World’s Plant Based Natural Hand Creams. This will give your hands time to absorb the cream while being uninterrupted. You can also put on a pair of cotton gloves to help seal in the moisture. In the morning, your hands should already feel softer!