Skin on the hands is delicate and sensitive. It is particularly exposed to external aggressions such as cold temperatures, repeated washing with hard water, or household products. Because skin on the hands has very few sebaceous glands. it needs to be regularly hydrated, nourished and protected. Following are five tips from Dr. Isabelle Rousseaux, dermatologist, to help your clients protect their hands during the winter.
Encourage your clients to work the lotion into the thin hydrolipidic film that covers and forms the surface layer of the skin. If her hands are very damaged, recommend applying a generous amount of lotion and wearing cotton gloves overnight to keep moisture locked in. Doing this on a regular basis will help your client restore their beautiful, soft, silky hands.
2. GET A SOOTHING HAND MASSAGE
Here are instructions on how to perform a soothing hand massage. Put a dab of cream in the palm of your client’s hands. Massage them by gently rubbing her palms and the back of her hands, an area particularly vulnerable to external aggressions. Finish by gently pulling on the fingertips, without forgetting to massage the perimeter of the nails to remove dead skin in the cuticle area.
3. WASH YOUR HANDS WITH WARM WATER
Suggest that your client wet her hands thoroughly before using a small quantity of soap. Rinse abundantly and thoroughly dry the hands. Do not use hot water or hydro-alcoholic gel too frequently, as they tend to dry out the skin.
Recommend that your client choose wool gloves that protect the hands from the cold and trap moisture in. Clean gloves regularly for good skin hygiene.
Recommend using a fine-grained exfoliating scrub to eliminate dead skin cells on a weekly basis. Exfoliating will allow the skin to better absorb the active ingredients, restoring and activating circulation.
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