How To Treat Dry, Cracked Hands

Dry hands are an incredibly common problem in the winter.  When the air is cold, moisture in our skin is more likely to evaporate, leaving our skin dry.  The dry skin is prone to chapping, irritation and cracking.  Our hands take a beating because we wash them often and because they are often uncovered and exposed to the winter air. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your hands healthy this winter.

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Does Moisturizing Prevent Wrinkles?

Does using a moisturizer prevent wrinkles?  The internet is full of stories of women who have used one brand or another's moisturizer for decades and have aged gracefully. Unfortunately, the notion that moisturizers on their own prevent wrinkles is a myth (these women were likely genetically blessed). Unless your moisturizer contains sunscreen or other active ingredients that are known to mitigate skin aging, it alone will not prevent wrinkles.

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Are Self-Tanning Creams Safe?

Self-tanning creams are considered to be much safer than sun exposure. They contain an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA (no relationship to the DHA found in fish oils).  DHA is a sugar molecule that reacts with proteins in the very top layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) to bronze the skin. This bronzing effect is temporary and usually wears off in 7-10 days as the skin naturally sloughs off.

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