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Wave Goodbye To Dry Hands with Hyaluronic Acid

While many of us give our face a lot of love with daily serums and creams, the part of the body which is often ignored are the hands! Our hands are the busiest parts of our body used constantly everyday, yet we don’t give them the attention they deserve. Dry hands are common, and although not technically a “dangerous” condition, they can definitely be a very frustrating one! But you don’t have to deal with them forever.

What causes dry hands?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to dry hands. These include: 
  • Weather - exposure to elements such as cold air and wind can gradually damage the outer layer of the skin, making it difficult for your skin to hold in moisture and rejuvenate itself. With the weather becoming increasingly chilly as we go into the cooler season, there is potential for the cool dry air to suck all the valuable moisture out of our hands. 
  • Frequent handwashing - this is an increasingly common factor due to COVID-19. Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitisers has shown to cause dry and irritated hands. This doesn’t mean you should ditch your hand hygiene practices however! There are products you can use to combat this (we’ll get to that later!) 
  • Occupation - People who are in frequent water contact are at a higher risk of dry hands. Examples of these types of occupations include cleaners, chefs and nurses. 
  • Hot Baths and Showers - Taking long hot baths and showers can feel amazing, especially during the winter season. However, extra hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and can promote common skin problems, such as seasonal eczema flare ups. 
  • Chemicals - Household cleaning products can damage the outer layer of the skin and dry you out! Also chlorine in the pool can also cause dry skin.  Therefore, it’s important to wear gloves to not leave you with dry hands. 
  • Soaps - Many of today’s commercial cleansers and hand soaps crate dryness and cracking as they disrupt your skin’s normal integrity. 
  • Dehydration - staying hydrated throughout the day is key to healthy and hydrated hands. Stay hydrated on the inside so your skin can retain hydration on the outside! 
  • Genes - Your genes can play a role in your skin’s condition. This is because there is a strand of genes responsible in controlling the production of proteins used to hydrate the skin’s barrier. If there happens to be a modification to this gene, it can cause skin conditions such as eczema and dry skin. 

What are the symptoms of dry hands?

The first symptom is pretty obvious… visibly dry hands. However, dry hands typically cause one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • A tight feeling on your skin especially after being exposed to factors mentioned above (e.g. swimming and bathing). 

  • Rough texture on the skin

  • Chronic itching 

  • Flaking, scaling or peeling on the hands

  • Fine lines or cracks

  • Gray, ashy skin

  • Redness 

  • Deep cracks that may bleed

Prevention & Care

  • Exfoliate - did you know you can exfoliate your hands naturally at home? You can use many ingredients including sugar, honey, epsom salt or coconut oil. Here’s a simple DIY sugar scrub: 

  • ½ cup of sugar 

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil 

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a jar.

  2. Scoop out a small amount of the scrub and gently massage it into your hands for 1 minute.

  3. Rinse with warm water

  • Humidifier - Plugging in a humidifier is a super easy way to curb some of the dryness and irritation that comes with the cooler season.

  • Moisturise - It’s a good idea to carry around a rich moisturising hand cream with you, especially if your dry hands are caused by your work conditions.Grahams Natural Intensive Repair Hand Cream is specially formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Olive Butter and hydrating emollients to help repair dry skin and form a protective glove against the elements. It is non-greasy and offers hydration and a defensive barrier. This fast absorbing formula is fragrance free, vegan and gentle enough to use on sensitive, dry, itchy and eczema prone skin.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid has become quite a craze at the moment and it can be found in many products. It is a clear gooey substance that is already naturally occurring in the body.  Our bodies produce it to keep hydrated. The bad news is once you hit your 30’s the level of hyaluronic acid in your body starts decreasing. This means less firm and youthful looking hands. 

How does  Hyaluronic Acid work?

It  works by absorbing moisture like a sponge, so when applied to dry skin in a dry climate, it absorbs moisture from the skin instead of pulling it toward it. This type of water-holding gel has the ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in moisturise. When applied topically, skin acts as a highly effective barrier and those hyaluronic acid molecules are too big to squeeze through the dermis which is where it needs to be help plump lines and wrinkles. So instead it sits on the skin’s surface and acts as a moisturiser through its water-attracting properties.

Who should use  Hyaluronic Acid?

Anyone who has dry skin, works long hours in air conditioned rooms, exposed to cool dry air and water, and air pollution can also benefit from including hyaluronic acid in their skincare routine.  
It is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive, acne-prone and eczema-prone skin. It is a completely safe and gentle ingredient that is not irritating on even the most sensitive skin. 

How often should I apply the hand cream?

There’s no set rule for how often you should apply the hand cream. However, we recommend applying onto your hands after washing them and whenever they feel dry or dehydrated. Also, applying hand cream after you come into contact with irritating and drying chemicals will help your skin restore its moisture levels.