9. Limit Use of Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizers are useful for instances when you aren’t able to get to a sink to use soap and warm water. However, many hand sanitizers are alcohol-based and can be very irritating to your skin. The alcohol strips away your skin’s natural oils, leaving them unprotected and susceptible to dryness and cracking. Foaming hand sanitizers containing benzalkonium chloride instead of alcohol are gentler to your skin while also providing protection against germs. Hand sanitizers containing benzalkonium chloride may also contain vitamin E or moisturizers to protect the integrity of your skin.
8. Use Sunscreen
Sunscreen is important for protecting your hands from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. When applying sunscreen, don’t neglect your hands. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher to prevent damage to your skin. The rays of the sun not only put you at risk for melanoma, but they also cause damage to the collagen and elastin of your skin. Damage to these elements causes the skin to sag and wrinkle, aging the skin before its time. Sun damage also makes you more susceptible to developing the dark spots on your skin known as age spots or liver spots.
7. Avoid Exposure to Extreme Heat
Washing your hands with hot water, taking steamy hot showers, and using hot blasts of air from hand dryers can damage your skin. Hot water and hot air dehydrate your skin by pulling out moisture from the deeper layers of the skin. This can cause atopic dermatitis, the redness and inflammation of chapped skin. Be careful to use warm, not hot, water when washing your hands, cleansing your face, or showering.Related: Remember to Wash Your Hands! 11 Common Items That Can Carry Germs