Many people spend money trying to keep up their appearance. The majority of products out there focus on making the face look younger and more beautiful, but what many are lacking in their beauty regimen is proper hand care.
You can tell quite a lot about a person just by their hands, and no I’m not talking about palm reading. Rough, thick, dry skin often indicates somebody who works outside. Someone who works on the computer all day might have no apparent environmental damage but their hands might ache or be tense from the work they do. Some people’s hands are cold or even clammy, indicating poor blood circulation.
Hands can also be a dead giveaway of somebody’s age. And your hands are not something you can hide. No matter how hard you try, eventually they are going to be seen. So take good care of them.
5 Tips To Have Beautiful Hands
1. Eliminate Harsh Chemicals
Our hands come into contact with many drying chemicals in the soaps and personal care items that we use. Most of the name brand antibacterial soaps and many hair styling products will dry them out. Look for a gentle soap with moisturizing qualities that doesn’t contain sulfates.
2. Use What You’ve Got
It’s a general rule of thumb that whatever fabulous products you buy for your face, you can also use on your hands. So while putting on your serums and sunscreen in the morning, apply a little on the backs of your hands as well. A good quality vitamin A and C serum can do wonders for old, weathered, sun-damaged hands.
Moisture is going to be what most people’s hands are in need of, and if you want to prevent premature aging and or reverse signs of aging, you will want to invest in a good moisturizer. Many oils have built-in properties to help protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is ideal for driving around in the daytime.
Exfoliation is important especially as we age. As we get older, the bodies’ natural exfoliation process slows down. This slowing down of the bodies’ natural exfoliation process makes the skin appear duller, wrinkles to appear deeper, texture to be less smooth, and overall skin won’t be as radiant. It’s nice to give the whole body a good exfoliation in the shower with a body scrub. While you exfoliate the rest of your body, your hands will naturally get exfoliated as well.
5. Mix Something Up
- For a luxurious hand oil – Warm on low heat 4 teaspoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of almond oil, and 2 teaspoons of cocoa butter. Stir occasionally until the oil is evenly mixed. Pour into a small glass jar, cool, and store with a lid. Use at night and as needed throughout the day. An Asian beauty secret is to moisturize your hands before bed and then put cotton gloves on while sleeping. This practice works well and will make your hands feel extra soft.
- Weekly hand exfoliation treatment – Mash a handful of strawberries in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed or rosehip oil and a dash of sea salt. Mix to make a paste. Massage into hands and leave on for five minutes. Rinse and dry.
- Soothing hand soak – To soften dry hands, soak them for 10 minutes in a bowl of warm buttermilk. When finished, rinse and dry your hands, then massage in a natural oil or cream of your choice.
Remember the hands can tell a lot about how someone has lived. What do you want your hands to say about you? By following these 5 simple tips, your hands will most definitely age gracefully.