The Perfect Hand Care Routine to Follow During Menopause
Developing a hand care routine during menopause can help maintain the health and appearance of your hands. This blog post will be walking you through the perfect hand care routine for you to follow as you make the journey through menopause!
The first and one of the most important steps in this routine is to cleanse your hands with a mild soap. Make sure that you are using a gentle, moisturizing soap or hand wash to clean your hands. It is important to avoid harsh soaps that can strip away natural oils and further dry out the skip, especially while combating dryness caused by menopause. However, it is also important to wash your hands thoroughly, including between the fingers and nails. The second step of this routine is to moisturize regularly. Moisturizing is essential to combat dryness and to maintain skin elasticity. Choose a rich, emollient hand cream or lotion and apply it generously to your hands after washing or whenever they feel dry. Look for products that contain ingredients like shea butter, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid, which help retain moisture. The third step of this perfect menopause hand care routine is to protect your skin with SPF. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (of at least 30) to the backs of your hands before going outside. Do this especially when exposed to direct sunlight and be sure to reapply sunscreen every few hours, or after washing your hands. The next step is to make sure that you are maintaining your nail care as well as looking out for your skin. Trim your nails regularly, keeping them short and filed to prevent breakage. Use a gentle nail file to shape them and avoid using sharp edges when possible. In addition, you can apply a strengthening nail treatment if your nails are weak or brittle during menopause. Lastly, incorporating gentle exercise as often as you feel comfortable can be extremely beneficial. Incorporate hand exercises into your routine to improve joint flexibility and relieve stiffness. Simple exercises like making a fist, spreading your fingers wise and rolling your wrists can help maintain hand mobility. Consult with a physical therapist or hand specialist for specific exercises if you have any existing hand conditions.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so adjust your hand care routine based on your specific needs. If you have any concerns or persistent hand issues, it’s advisable to consult a dermatologist or healthcare professional for personalized advice and recommendations. Menopause is a difficult transition for women and it is okay to be experiencing abnormal skin conditions or reactions that you have never experienced before! Remember to be patient with yourself and your body as it adjusts to the new normal and follow these easy steps to try and maintain healthy hands during this time!