Is cooking good for our hands? We honestly don’t know.

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Hands are the main ingredient in the kitchen. But what does the kitchen do to our hands?

It’s true that often when it is time to cook, it is time to be cranky. But whenever someone finds the mood to cook, there’s a tingling, exciting feeling in the air. Choosing the right ingredients, mixing, tasting and adjusting to achieve the desired outcome. So, cooking allows you to exercise your creativity and discipline and in the end, you can get French fries.

Are our hands well treated in the kitchen?

We will address this question while trying to forget all those times when the tip of ours fingers was almost cut off during some sloppy onion slicing. But also, let’s remember that our hands are the first to get in touch with all the nutrients present in our kitchen ingredients. This could be particularly beneficial when handling vegetables, fruits, oils and spices.

The good side

Nutrients like carotenoids, flavonoids, the various vitamins and lipids are present in most vegetables and spices that are commonly used in all kitchens, and provide some well-known health benefits, much due to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hydrant effect. While people were slicing cucumbers to brighten tired eyes, that was actually an empirical acknowledgment (or hope) of the potential beneficial properties cucumber-skin contact. Ladies, did you honestly notice any effect?

Plants like rosemary, yams, licorice, and grapes are among the most used by the cosmetic industry due to their skin anti-aging properties [1].

That’s why companies like Claus Porto – a Portuguese cosmetics company-   maintain traditions and highlight the use of natural and edible products such as almonds, jasmine, rose, citrus, lavender, and oils [1]. If the curious reader looks up the composition of the odd cosmetic that usually he makes use of, he will probably notice that with more or less abundance all contain ingredients present in the most kitchens.

The bad side

On the other hand, there are a series of kitchen practices that may deter any potential beneficial effects. As for example, the constant hand washing or simple having your hands wet for a longer time, weakens your skin and may trigger skin infections. And not to mention the repetitive use of soaps and detergents that severely affects the skin’s pH, lipidic barrier, and the microflora. Also, there are some mild food allergies that could result in an inflammatory response and some cutaneous discomfort, and lest we forget the occasional burns and cuts. Cooking could be a mess for your hands.

We cannot state if cooking is good or bad for your hands. And we’re actually really sorry. Yet, we highlight the practices that are associated with good and bad outcomes for your hand’s skin. The rest is up to you.

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