Hands — the most used but least cared-for part of our bodies.
So many of us spend our time and money beautifying our hair and faces, not remembering to pamper our hands, too. When it comes to hiding age, hands can be one of the most revealing parts of the body — especially if they’re chronically neglected.
Taking care of your hands can actually be quite relaxing. It can easily turn into a stress relieving activity for a lazy day on the couch. It’s a real treat, and it only takes three easy steps.
1. Exfoliate Your Hands
Yup, you should be exfoliating your hands for the same reason you exfoliate your face — to remove the dead, unhealthy skin preventing the growth of new skin.
Gently massage a natural sugar or another large grain scrub into your hands for 2-3 minutes, being sure to work between your fingers. (Plus, massaging your hands help to stimulate blood flow to maintain a healthy color!) Finish by rinsing and patting dry with a soft towel.
2. Keep Your Hands Moisturized
Keeping your hands hydrated is the key to keeping them looking youthful.
As we get older, our skin loses elasticity which can cause sagging and wrinkles. This especially goes for our hands, which are generally exposed to a lot more than our faces. But a little regular moisturizing can really go a long way.
Try this ultra-hydrating DIY hand cream. I bet your hands will feel softer than ever!
3. Wear Gloves When Handling Cleaning Products
I know, it sounds obvious. But I know plenty of people who overlook this step because they’re in a hurry or think they only have a little cleaning to do.
The soaps and detergents used in household cleaning products are emulsifiers, which attack the skin’s natural protective barrier. Prolonged exposure to these harsh chemicals will actually contribute to skin dryness and cracking. Unfortunately, our hands are exposed to these kinds of chemicals on a daily basis, like when we do the laundry or wash the dishes.
So keep a pair of rubber gloves handy when you’re getting ready to clean. And when you’re done, wash your hands with a soapless hand wash. (Hint: Just look for hand washes that have a “Soap-Free” label.)
Don’t Let Your Hands Give Away Your Age
Don’t make the mistake of only targeting your face for anti-aging treatment. A little extra care can really help the skin on your hands maintain their firmness.
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