Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Simple Skin Care for Your Hands

Are you like most women, and your hand care is limited to using dishwashing detergent then and maybe then a drugstore hand cream.

First what is in that dishwashing detergent you are using? Water, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium pareth-23, sulfate C-12-14-16, dimethyl amine oxide, SD alcohol, undeceth-9, propylene glycol, cyclohexandiamine, polyacetate, protease, fragrance, FD&C blue, no phosphate.

Alcohols dissolve the body’s natural moisturizers and strip the skin of its protection, leaving it vulnerable to infection. Alcohols destroy skin’s pH balance, and since they absorb water, they speed up wrinkling.

FD&C When this abbreviation precedes the name of a color, it means that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has certified it as safe for use in drugs and cosmetics, but not food. D&C colors are usually synthetic, coal tar colors. They’re toxic and should be avoided when at all possible.

So to protect and help improve the appearance of your hands right now -- and 20 years from now.

Try these easy ideas:

Whether it is cold weather or hot dish water, protect your hands.
In cold weather wear gloves and when you’re scrubbing those pots and pans in hot water or cleaning with bleach, put on some rubber or latex gloves.

Exfoliatation - removes the dead layer of skin leaving only smooth new skin.
If you don’t remove that dead layer of skin, the lotion probably won't work its way though it.

Using a gentle exfoliating product once a week you will notice younger smooth hands.

Keeping a aloe lotion at your sink, you’ll get into the habit of applying lotion after you wash and dry your hands. You’ll definitely notice an immediate difference after just a few days.

Make sure you read the label on your skin care lotion and it does not contain the harsh chemicals that are helping cause the damage

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