The hands as the face are the part of the body most exposed to external aggressions. Cold, wind, sun, frequent washing and the use of household cleaners damage them. And their skin is more vulnerable to these attacks and becomes particularly fragile as it no longer has the natural protective layer on the surface. Over time, the skin dehydrates and loses its normal softness and elasticity. Often the mere use of gloves is not enough to counteract the action of external agents which can sometimes even cause cuts and cracks. In any case, even in the absence of specific problems, the skin of the hands must be treated every day, adequately protected and nourished to prevent minor trauma and signs of premature aging. The skin on the hands is very thin and contains fewer sebaceous glands (which secrete fat) than other parts of the body. This explains the fragility and the tendency to wear out easily and to prevent this from happening, it is necessary to resort to moisturizing and protective creams that act thanks to active, emollient and elasticising ingredients. These are targeted components that, properly mixed together, are effective for stimulating the natural process of skin regeneration to create a barrier in defense of external agents, to nourish and restore softness. These small annoyances can quickly worsen and if we do not take appropriate care, they risk becoming chronic. The cure is therefore that based on specific creams for each single problem.
CREAM FOR DRY HANDS
A good moisturizing and nourishing hand cream may be sufficient if the skin is not damaged. However, in case of irritation and cracking the hands need adequate protection. Most cosmetic brands offer special hand creams. These are mainly composed of water and fat (which are emulsions), which support and enhance the natural hydration mechanisms. The drier the skin, the more oily the cream must be. Even if the base is always the same, each manufacturer has its composition formula in which it adds vitamins, oily substances (vaseline, mineral oil, paraffin, animal, vegetable oil, etc.), nutrients (glycerin) and above all a high factor UVA protective. These naturally occurring substances in the stratum corneum have a strong affinity with water and therefore contribute to solving the problem.
The consistency of the cream must be fluid enough to spread well and without leaving a greasy film on the skin which can annoy and become sticky. In addition, the perfume must be light therefore, not too intense. This cream is applied to the back and palm of the hands with a rotary massage and extends to the wrist and fingers lasting at least a couple of minutes. To maintain good hydration and softness it is essential to apply the cream in the morning and in the evening. It is precisely the regularity of application that allows an effective defense against atmospheric agents. In cases of very dry skin, the application must be carried out every time the hands are washed to avoid dispersing the active ingredients contained in it.