You take care of your hands, yet they remain dry. At first, your hands are smooth, but very soon they become cracked and dry. Why?
Determine the cause
If you wish to properly take care of your hands, you should avoid doing things which damage the skin’s hydrolipidic layer and use a high-quality hand cream that will repair protective skin barrier.
It is essential not to use hand creams which contain petrochemical components such as Vaseline, paraffin, mineral oils including refined vegetable oils which are completely worthless in this aspect. These are used as emulsifiers, co-emulsifiers, replacements for natural cold pressed oils, but occlusive agents as well, which means they prevent moisture loss from deeper skin layers by forming a film on the skin surface which prevents transepidermal water loss and water evaporation from the skin surface.
Such products stay on the skin surface and interfere with its natural functions, these being absorption and elimination. This is the reason why medicinal substances cannot penetrate deeper into skin, but remain only on its surface.
Night hand cream should be a concentrate because these creams are thicker, more nourishing and rich in lipids and other hydrating substances which help restore hydrolipidic layer of the skin.
Furthermore, use natural origin hand creams which have natural emulsifiers since they contain cold pressed vegetable oils and butter which act as skin lipids whose natural properties include retaining moisture, like glycerol, milk acid, urea, protein silk, rice protein, cucumber extract etc. These substances help normalize protective layer of skin. Therefore, the answer to the question from the beginning – why are our hands dry despite our incessant care – lies in the poor quality of the hand cream we use, not to mention that certain cream ingredients may also cause an allergic reaction, regardless of their origin.
Translation: G. Dujmović