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Hand Care

Many of our daily tasks we perform with our hands. Wind, sun, cold, water and cleaning products easily dry out the skin on the hands. Proper care is therefore not a luxury, it's a necessity!

We use our hands daily to touch and handle things. The skin on the hands differs greatly from that of other parts of the body:

The skin on the palms and fingertips has a thick and firm horny layer, is rich in adipose and connective tissue and is well lined with tissue that is insensitive to pressure. The skin on the palms and fingertips contains no hair and has no sebaceous glands, contains a high concentration of sweat glands and is more often deficient in natural moisturising factors.

The skin on the back of the hand contains almost no fatty tissue, is very thin and contains fine hairs.

Because the skin in the palms of the hands is different from that on the backs of the hands, the overall formation of the hydrolipidic layer (the emulsion of fat and water that covers the outside of the skin) is weak. As a result, our hands dry out quickly when subjected to too much stress.

Unnoticed, we often do a lot with our hands. During a day's work in the house, office or garden, they are often exposed to external factors that dry out the skin. This can be caused by excessive contact with water, but also by exposure to chemicals and temperature changes. This quickly overloads the skin's natural protection and repair systems, which can lead to damage to the skin's barrier function, resulting in dry skin and possible skin complaints such as eczema and cracking.


How can you protect your hands from drying out?

  • When washing your hands, use lukewarm or cold water to reduce skin dryness.
  • Use a mild, delicate soap when your hands are really dirty. Otherwise, brush them off with a soft hand brush. With many hand soaps, you wash away your own skin lipids, which makes skin dry out faster.
  • Take care of your hands regularly with a nourishing hand cream to avoid damaged, dry and cracked skin that more quickly leads to problems like contact eczema due to irritation and persistent chapping. Be sure to do this after every wash.
  • Avoid hand dryers.
  • Use gloves for household chores, gardening and when using irritants.
  • Wear gloves in the winter months.
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