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Re: pruny hands

Re: pruny hands

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Posted by Marti on October 31, 2000 at 09:19:34:

In Reply to: pruny hands posted by Sissy on October 30, 2000 at 21:24:26:

: The past month, I've had a problem with my hands turning EXTREMELY wrinkled and pruny within a minute of being in water. I'm 30 and never had this problem before. It gets VERY waterlogged and pruny withing a minute or less of being in the shower or washing dishes. It happens with water of any temperature. This is so weird! What is it and what can I do?

Many of us believe that whenever we immerse our hands in water that the 'pruny' effect is because the skin 'absorbs' the water; in all actuality, the opposite is true. Water will actually absorb the natural moisture in our skin, and when this happens, the effect looks 'pruny' and wrinkled. Your skin needs to be rehydrated in a very big way and the best way to do this is to drink LOTS of water during the day. After you immerse your hands in water or take a shower, while you are still damp, apply skin moisturizing lotion to which you have added a few extra drops of concentrated oils. The best oil to add is Vitamin E which you can purchase at most beauty supply houses and other retail outlets. Another oil you might consider is mineral oil. Mineral oil acts to 'seal in' the body's natural oils and moisture, while the vitamin E will be absorbed into the surface layer of the skin. Instead of washing your hands with water during the day, why don't you try one of the 'waterless' hand sanitizing agents; they will kill 90% of surface pathogens. The same amount as washing with soap and water, but it is less damaging to your skin.

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