We’re used to signs of aging reflected in our faces. We know (or doctors tell us) what to expect when we feel something is wrong with our body parts. Sometimes, though, we forget about elementary things, like wearing sunblock all the time. Or moisturizing the skin on our hands. Think about it! All those objects our hands are constantly in contact with throughout the day and all the times we wash our hands, take showers, the type of clothes we wear, the medications we take, the medical conditions we have, the natural elements we are exposed to - every small detail influences our skin condition.
Keeping a smart care routine is key to young-looking (because the skin on our hands tends to age quicker than the skin on our face) and, most importantly, healthy hands. And moisturizers play a major part in this. They help hold water in our skin’s outer layers, and, apart from that, can offer sun protection.
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Here’s what experts are saying about a proper hand moisturizing routine.
Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Öz, otherwise (and more widely) known as Dr. Oz, a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, and TV personality, says different skin types need specific types of moisturizers, and seasonal changes can be deciding factors, too.
“Moisturizing your hands keeps them hydrated and less prone to water loss,” he explains. “Depending on the type of skin you have and the weather conditions of your environment, you may want to moisturize your hands anywhere from one to several times a day.”
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Dr. Oz remarks that one heavier moisturizer application may not be as effective as a number of lighter applications - so maybe this strategy is worth trying.
“Because skin tends to be drier in the winter months, as does the air in indoor environments, you'll probably want to moisturize more frequently at that time of year,” Dr. Oz says.
He recommends using a heavy, perfume and additive-free moisturizer for a drier skin, and calls for choosing the one that also provides sun protection.
Ben Kaminsky, a preeminent dermatological chemist, also says the hands need sun protection since they are regularly exposed to the sun. He says it’s better to first apply the moisturizer on the back of hands.
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