Quick! What’s one of the most used, but least cared for parts of our bodies? It’s the hands.
Many of us spend so much time and money on our hair and face, but forget about our hands. When it comes to hiding age, hands can be one of the most revealing parts of the body, especially if they’re continuously neglected.
Regular hand care can actually be quite relaxing. It’s a great self care idea for a lazy day while watching television or relaxing on the living room sofa. You may find it to be a real treat.
Here are three simple tips to maintaining soft, healthy hands as fall approaches.
1. Exfoliate Your Hands
Exfoliate your hands for the same reason you do your face – to remove dead, unhealthy skin that prevents new skin from taking its place. Gently massage a natural sugar or other large grain scrub into your hands, being sure to work between your fingers, for 2-3 minutes. Massaging your hands helps to stimulate blood flow to maintain a healthy color. Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.
2. Apply a Natural Hand Cream
To lock in essential oils that prevent your skin from becoming dry and chapped, apply a natural hand cream. Use as needed by massaging a small amount of your hands, between your fingers and even the palms of your hands.
Have really dry, chapped hands? Once a week, before going to bed, massage a healthy amount of the cream over your hands and cover with a pair of cotton gloves. Wear them while you sleep to wake up with the softest hands possible.
3. Wear Gloves When Working with Household Cleaning Products
It may sound obvious, but I know that many of my friends overlook this step because they are in a hurry or think they only have a little cleaning to do. But the soap and detergent used in household cleaning products are emulsifiers that attack the skin’s natural protective barrier. Prolonged exposure to these harsh chemicals will actually contribute to the dryness and cracking.
Unfortunately, our hands are exposed to these types of products on a daily basis through simple chores such as doing laundry or washing the dishes. Keep a pair of rubber gloves handy to wear, while using soap or detergent. Then, wash your hands with a soapless hand wash – just look for hand washes that say soap-free.
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