Protecting Your Hands

Your hands, and the skin that protects them, take a beating every day. They endure exposure to high and low temperatures when cleaning dishes, braving the outdoor elements, or simply washing your hands themselves. They also can tell others a lot about you. Your hands may betray your age if they are wrinkled, lined, or marked with age spots. They can indicate nervousness when you extend a sweaty palm for a handshake. Rough and calloused palms can hint at a job or hobby that involves working with your hands. Check out these hints from for keeping the skin on your hands strong, supple, and healthy.

11. Avoid Overuse of Antibacterial Soap

Antibacterial Soap

While antibacterial soap is useful in environments such as a hospital, doctor’s office, or clinic, it is not necessary for daily use. In addition to contributing to the problem of bacterial resistance, antibacterial soaps can irritate and dry out your hands. Hands that are irritated by soaps may become red, chapped, and inflamed. Frequent hand washing is necessary to prevent the spread of germs and airborne illnesses. However, a bar of mild soap is just as effective as antibacterial soaps for removing germs and can keep your skin from becoming irritated.

10. Pat Them Dry


After washing your hands with warm water and a mild soap, be sure to pat them dry with an absorbent towel. Pat gently to remove any excess water that would allow germs or bacteria to hang out on your skin. Avoid vigorous rubbing of your hands, as this is irritating to the skin, especially with frequent hand washing.


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