As nurses we probably wash our hands 20-30 times during our shift. We are constantly going in and out of patient’s rooms to assess, do dressing changes, clean up incontinent episodes, etc. So our hands definitely take a beating. If you are like me you are always applying and reapplying hand cream throughout your shift because your hands stay so dry.
It can be a challenge to not have aging hands when you work in the health care field because of the constant wear and tear on them.
Our hands are hard working and environmentally vulnerable. When we are not at work our hands get a good dose of the sun when we are driving. You may notice that your hands look crepey and spotted. This is a sign that the sun has gotten to them.
Unfortunatlely, our hands can quickly give away our age. But oftentimes we ignore them until we look down in horror at all of the brown spots, prominent veins and thin skin.
Here are some tips for beautifying those aging hands:
1) Get in the habit of exfoliating your hands a few times per week to lift off dead skin cells followed by a good daily hand treatment.
2) Be diligent with the sun protection. It should be used often throughout the day especially after washing them your hands.
3) For added protection you might consider wearing a stylish pair of driving gloves to block out the sun’s harmful rays when you are in the car.
Remember the sun is not the only source for harmful UV rays. Just yesterday I went to get my nails done for an event. I ended up getting the Shellac overlay on my nails. For us nurses who constantly wash our hands this is a great way for us to wear our natural nails and have the polish last longer than a day.
However, you have to be careful with overuse of the UV lightnail dryer. Just like a tanning bed the light can cause damage to the delicate skin on the back of the hands overtime.
Luckily, I applied my hand treatment with sun protection before my appointment because my nails had to dry under the UV light.
If you get regular manicures and your nail tech uses the UV light be sure your hands are protected with sunscreen or opt for using the fan to dry your nails.
So by now I hope you realize the importance of proper hand care. Just like you want to maintain a youthful appearance for your face, the same goes for the hands
By the way, here’s a picture of my nails with the Shellac overlay, what do you think? Leave a comment below and let me know what nail color you’re wearing for spring. I can’t wait to hear 🙂
Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. Her passions are nursing and skin care. She believes that nurses spend so much time taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves. It’s possible to be a night shift nurse and feel good and look great!