'Working in the construction industry can have many different roles but one thing’s for sure - your hands are being put to work! Whether you’re a builder, a carpenter, a plumber or any one of the diverse occupations within the construction industry, you will most likely have suffered from skin irritations and contact dermatitis at some point during your career.
Did you know that work-related skin conditions and skin disease make up an estimated 50% of occupational illnesses?¹ That should be reason enough to put the health of your skin as a priority.
What Causes Construction Hands?
The hard labor that your hands are subjected to can have a big impact on the condition of your skin and your health. Construction hands is the result of hands that are constantly being subjected to harsh conditions such as:
- Contact with abrasive chemicals and irritants (like cement)
- Exposure to the sun’s UV rays for long periods of time
- Extreme heat and cold temperatures
- Water and moisture
- Working with machinery and tools
Hands working in these harsh environments puts you at a higher risk of developing skin conditions. Over time, if your hands are not taken care of properly, they can become dry, scaly, cracked and damaged, not to mention uncomfortable. If your irritated skin is not treated effectively, it can lead to more serious infections.
How Do You Fix Construction Hands?
Luckily, there are ways to fix and prevent your skin from getting irritated and damaged.
Because skin acts as a natural barrier to irritants and other substances, keeping the skin healthy and moisturized is the best way to prevent irritants and toxins from working their way in in the first place.
Using a shielding lotion, such as Gloves in a Bottle, creates a non-greasy invisible barrier on your skin that helps to keep chemicals and irritants out.
It’s also important to wash your hands regularly to keep them free of any damaging chemicals and irritants. Because Gloves in a Bottle bonds with the outer layer of the skin, it won’t wash off and will remain effective for more than four hours with each application.
Depending on which materials and substances you are working with, wearing specific safety gloves can give your hands an extra layer of protection and keep them free from direct contact with harsh materials such as cement.
Keep Your Hands in Optimal Health
Remember that once the skin is damaged, it becomes more susceptible to further problems so it’s vital to beat the problem at the source. Using an effective barrier cream like Gloves in a Bottle gives your skin the chance to heal while protecting it at the same time.
Give your hands the best protection possible so you can get on with your job.
Written by Martina Joller
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