Dry Hands? 5 Products to Repair Them

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Extreme temperatures, UV rays, regular handwashing and products made with alcohol and fragrances can dehydrate your skin. As your hands start to dry, the skin loses the essential nutrients that give it a healthy, youthful glow. Severe dryness not only makes you look older, but hands eventually can crack and bleed, risking an infection. There is help out there. Check with leading online retailers like Bath and Body Works and Origins for some of these quality products that can repair and rejuvenate dry hands:

1. Moisturizers

Moisturizers should be used every time you wash your hands, in the morning and at night before you go to bed. Good ingredients to look for are those that lock in moisture and protect you against drying and chapping. Natural ingredients are better because they are more similar to your body's own oils than petroleum-based or mineral oils. Try a moisturizer containing essential oils, like olive, jojoba or coconut oil, and herbal extracts, including chamomile, ginger and lavender.

2. Hand Creams

Most body creams aren't designed for the level of damage that hands can suffer from being always exposed to the elements. You also want to be sure to find a cream that is right for you, especially if you have problems with severe dehydration. Hands in need of serious rejuvenation can benefit from ingredients like Rose of Jericho, also called the resurrection plant. Rose of Jericho is known for its ability to survive for a long time without water and helps to repair skin damage, while increasing the skin's ability to retain moisture. Other extracts and oils, like Scutellaria, Meadowfoam Seed Extract and Trehalose are effective treatments for wrinkles and age spots, too.

3. Soaps and Cleansers

Many cleansers--especially antibacterial formulas that studies show aren't any better at getting your skin clean than regular soap--can have a drying effect on your body. Look for soaps and cleansers made with glycerin or paraffin to seal in the water already in your hands. Ingredients like coconut milk, honey and shea butter add more moisture to replace what's been lost and soften your skin. Modern cleansers also include newer ingredients--silk proteins and cashmere extracts--for a lighter application that leaves body parts feeling smooth.

4. Lotions

Usually water-based, lotions are designed to restore moisture to your dull, damaged hands for long-lasting supple and soft skin. Common ingredients include safflower and sunflower oils to nourish, Vitamin E to repair existing damage and aloe vera to soothe chapped and irritated skin. Shoppers who hate greasy formulas will be thrilled to find a selection of more delicate, non-greasy products.

5. Exfoliators

Exfoliators and scrubs work because they contain sugar, salt, citrus and other ingredients that remove the old, dead skin from your hands. Use a hand scrub or exfoliating formula every day, to help new, healthier skin shine through. It's also easier for lotions and moisturizers to be absorbed into skin that's been exfoliated. To make it easier to remember, keep your exfoliator and your moisturizer or lotion together.

 

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Tammy Grubb is a freelance writer for UltimateCoupons.com

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This article was published on 2011/01/12