Surcare and Harley Street Dermatologist Dr Friedmann have produced five tips to revive your hands this winter:
- Avoid harsh elements - Our hands are extremely sensitive and any use of products containing harsh chemicals will only further aggravate our skin which has already become delicate during the winter season. People who use harsh cleaning or laundry products tend to suffer even more. Switching to products designed specifically for sensitive skin, such as Surcare washing up liquid and laundry range will help towards reviving and maintaining your skin and hands this January.
- Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise - Winter is notorious for causing and exacerbating dry skin, especially our hands which feel the brunt force of the elements. “I recommend regularly moisturising throughout the winter months to help retain the skin’s moisture," says Dr Friedmann, "and for those with sensitive skin it is important to avoid irritants such as soap, wipes and fragrances. It is also key to ensure your laundry detergent is geared towards sensitive skin to avoid further irritation.” It is advisable to moisturise throughout the day, as simple tasks such as washing your hands can strip away the moisture needed to protect you from dryness.
- Exfoliation - Exfoliating is a key part of many daily facial routines, however hands are often neglected. The small addition of exfoliation into your daily routine will allow for the revival of your hands delicate skin. Natural exfoliating remedies include brown sugar, sea salt, coconut oil and honey.
- Wear gloves - The weather has a huge impact on the sensitivity of our hands, as most people are aware around this time of year. If staying in the warm isn't an option, the best way to protect yourself from the January chill, and therefore keep your hands looking youthful, is to invest in some gloves. This simple protection from the wind and cold, the biggest contributors to dry skin, will have a huge impact on the long term health of your hands. “During winter, extreme changes in temperature can have unwanted effects on your skin," says Dr Friedmann. "Going from being outside on a cold winter’s day to inside with the heating on can make conditions such as eczema worse.”
- Keep hydrated - Dry January is here and many of us are aiming for a detox after the Christmas period. This approach will also have a positive impact on the look and feel of your skin, as hydration is a key contributor to our skins health. Aim to drink eight glasses of water everyday and within a couple of weeks, your skin will be noticeably less dry.
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