Our hands get us through just about everything — taking care of our homes, ourselves, and others — yet, we often don’t give our hands the time and care they specifically deserve. That is until they start feeling chapped and tender.
We asked New York City-based dermatologist Y. Claire Chang, M.D., to share her best tips for keeping our hands soft, supple, and smooth no matter what life brings to us. Plus, she’ll delve into how to make the most of This Moment Hand Care, the freshest selection from Superegg.
5 Expert Tips for Smoother, Silkier Hands
1. Don’t underestimate the power of hand care.
Just like the skin on our faces, our hands are susceptible to dryness, loss of elasticity, dark spots, and wrinkles. However, the skin on our hands undergoes significantly more wear and tear, Dr. Chang says. Most people overlook how important the skin on our hands is, though, and forget to incorporate hand care into their self-care rituals.
Hand creams, like This Moment, are the most efficient, rejuvenating way to not only protect our hands from these daily stressors but also improve the texture and health of the skin on our hands.
2. Look for formulas with antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients
Sure, hydrating ingredients are in the C-suite of hand creams. But let’s not forget about the crucial role antioxidants play to help protect the skin on our hands from damage caused by environmental aggressors, while anti-inflammatories help soothe cracked hands and prevent further irritation, Dr. Chan notes. Of course, This Moment synergizes all these properties with several ingredients that even deliver both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties at the same time, such as Niacinamide, Ceramides, Tremella Mushroom, Green Tea Extract, and Turmeric Root Extract.
3. Apply hand cream as abundantly as sunscreen
Like sunscreen, the more hand cream, the better, Dr. Chang recommends. Truly, there is no such thing as using too much of either product in one day, so slather both on generously as often as you need to only on a daily basis. Luckily, This Moment absorbs quickly without any slickness, so you can keep your day moving after you rub it onto your hands.
4. Never forget sun protection
Speaking of sunscreen, applying at least SPF 30 onto your hands on a daily basis is as crucial as it is for the rest of your body being exposed to the sun to prevent UV damage and accelerated skin aging. Of course, “Do not forget to reapply!” Dr. Chang adds.
5. Get some gloves
Hand cream and gloves work together symbiotically for the utmost hydration, absorption, and protection for your hands. After layering a thick coat of This Moment onto your hands, Dr. Chang suggests slipping on cotton gloves before bed for an overnight reparative hand care treatment. You can even do so whenever you’re not using your hands strenuously, like while typing or watching TV.
Alternately, wear rubber dishwashing gloves while cleaning to keep harsh chemicals from irritating the skin on your hands. You may also want to consider wearing gloves while driving as an additional way to protect your hands from the sun.