February 12, 2021 4 min read
We use our hands everyday so it’s fair to say they go through their fair share of abuse and hold a huge responsibility in our everyday routines.
Dry skin on our hands may be characterised by being rough to the touch and scaly in appearance. You may even experience irritation and itchiness in these areas.
On the flip side, our feet are underrated human tools that bear the weight of entire bodies and it is unsurprising that they can be overworked.
Friction from ill fitting footwear and continual pressure on the soles of our feet throughout the day can contribute to the health of our feet and the skin around it. Continual friction and pressure can cause the skin on our feet to thicken and develop into calluses. For our skin this means increased dryness and cracking at the surface.
Thankfully, we’re here to help. This section will teach you all you need to know to combat cracked and dry skin on our hands and feet.
The skin on our hands has two most definitive sections. The first being the back of our hands which is the thinnest part and the palms which are fatty and resilient. The lack of hair on our hands compared to our arms and legs means that there are less sebaceous glands that provide moisture.
In terms of care, this means the back of our hands are more prone to dryness whilst the palms can produce more moisture due to the sweat glands.
For our feet, our soles and heels have some of the thickest skin of our body. They support the weight of our bodies and carry us on our daily commutes withstanding the pressure throughout the day.
Continuous friction from wearing tight shoes that don’t fit quite right means that the body products thicker skin in response to this that leads to skin on our feet that is slightly discoloured and tougher.
As mentioned above, the skin on the back of our hands is much thinner than the rest. They don’t have as tough of an exterior as some other parts of the body so it’s important to perfect our handcare routine to prevent dry and irritated skin.
One major cause of dry hands is frequent washing and sanitising of them. Opting for a hydrating hand wash will allow you to clean your hands of bacteria whilst nourishing the skin in the same step.
At Evolve Beauty, we designed our hand washes to deliver hydrating ingredients to the skin and revive overworked hands all whilst making them a treat to use.
Our organic Pomegranate and Goji Aromatic Wash uses aloe vera and goji berry to comfort and hydrate and calm dry, itchy skin. For more citrusy fragrance, tryour African Orange Aromatic Hand and Body Wash to refresh the skin whilst calming irritation.
|Pomegranate and Goji Aromatic Wash||African Orange Aromatic Wash|
Perhaps the most important step in preventing dry hands is moisturising. Be generous in application and massage into the hands taking extra care in any dry patches.
Look out for organic moisturisers with ingredients that are vitamin rich like shea butter and hydrating ingredients like glycerin to retain moisture and leave your hands feeling softer for longer.
You can try to keep the habit of applying moisturiser by keeping your handwash and hand cream side by side at the sink or even keeping a small tube of hand cream by your desk or bedside table. This will remind you to rehydrate throughout the day and follow a handcare routine.
One good lifestyle change is to opt for better fitting shoes. This will not only help absorb some of the pressures your feet go through but will also be more comfortable for you in the long run and improve blood circulation.
Top tip: You can seal this added moisture in by putting on socks after your moisturising step. This will ensure there is no moisture lost through evaporation at the surface-level. Doing this before bed will allow you to wake up with beautifully soft feet that’s ready to take on the day.
Our hands and feet are tools we use everyday so it’s important that we take extra care to prevent dryness and irritation in these areas. We use our hands for almost any activity and our feet bear the weight of us throughout the day. The key takeaway from this is to moisturise to fight dry skin on your hands and feet.
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