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3 Ways to Protect Your Skin From the Sun and Dryness

December 18, 2023 

Protecting your hands from the sun and dryness is crucial to maintaining their health and prevent various skin conditions. Here are three ways to keep your hands protected:

  1. Apply sunscreen: Just like you protect your face and body from the sun, your hands also need sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to your hands before heading outdoors, especially during peak sun hours. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you wash your hands or engage in activities that may rub off the sunscreen.
  2. Wear protective clothing: Consider wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts or gloves, to shield your hands from direct sun exposure. Look for lightweight, breathable fabrics that provide UV protection. Wide-brimmed hats can also provide additional shade for your hands and other exposed areas.
  3. Moisturize regularly: Dryness can lead to cracked and uncomfortable skin. To keep your hands hydrated, apply moisturizer regularly throughout the day. Look for moisturizers that contain humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture in the skin. Apply moisturizer after washing your hands and before going to bed. For extra protection, use thicker creams or ointments at night and wear cotton gloves to seal in the moisture.

Bonus tip: If you engage in activities that involve frequent handwashing or exposure to harsh chemicals, consider wearing protective gloves to minimize dryness and protect your skin.