You wouldn’t wash your face without applying moisturiser afterwards, so why neglect your hands? Known to be one of the first areas that show signs of ageing, our hands are often forgotten about, even though we pay attention to our face every day.
We think it’s about time that your mitts were given some TLC, so here are some top tips to lend a helping hand (pun intended!)...
Tip 1: Choose gentle soap
Cleansing is the first step in every beauty ritual, but get it wrong and it can be very drying.
To keep hands soft and supple, wash them in warm (not hot) water, and use a gentle soap with nourishing ingredients such as essential oils and aloe vera. Pat hands dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing, to avoid irritating the skin.
Tip 2: Moisturise (of course!)
Take a moment to think about how much you use your hands every day. Whether using harsh cleaning products to do chores, clenching the steering wheel whilst driving or forgetting to wear gloves on the afternoon dog walk, it’s all too easy for hands to become dry and cracked.
Pop some on every time you wash and dry your hands, and whenever else you feel like it!
Tip 3: Exfoliate
Most of use a face scrub, but did you know you should use a gentle hand scrub from time to time? This will help to slough off any dead, dry skin cells to reveal the healthier skin underneath. Once you’ve cleansed and moisturised, pop on some cotton moisturising gloves for a full pampering experience.
Tip 4: Nourish your cuticles
Gently massage rosehip oil into cuticles (the dead skin at the base of the nail) to nourish and soften.
Tip 5: Make it a habit!
Now you know how to nourish your hands, make it a part of your daily routine.
Invest in a good-quality hand cream and keep it where you can easily reach for it. By keeping some on your desk, in your handbag or even in your glove compartment, you can reward your hands to a small mini massage whenever, wherever.