There is so much focus on moisturizing and smoothing out wrinkles on your face, but one must not forget, the telltale signs of aging also include your hands!
So, no matter how youthful you may look, don’t neglect your hands. Signs of aging can start as early as mid-20s, but many people don’t even recognise signs until their 30s or 40s, and not to mention don’t bother caring about it until they see it. Why wait until you see signs of aging when you can start changing your routines and prevent them?
You don’t necessarily need to put on expensive creams, but just simply giving them the love and care to prevent any damage and aging.
Here are some useful tips to share with you:
Your hands are constantly exposed to the sun, just as much as your face and neck is. It is estimated that majority of wrinkles and skin discolorations is from the sun. So it is important to make it a daily habit of applying sunscreen on your hands as well as your face and neck.
When purchasing a sunscreen, look for an SPF of 30 or higher. Carry a small sunscreen with you in your bag and remember to reapply throughout the day, especially after washing your hands frequently.
Give your hands the same amount of attention and care as you would on your face. Moisturize them regularly especially as we tend to wash them a lot, use a cream enriched with ingredients like alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), vitamins and oils.
What I normally do is I keep a small hand cream in my bag and carry it wherever I go; I also have one at home and one at the office, I prefer one with a hand pump – quick and easy if you’re busy. At night, I use a thicker hand cream while I sleep. Then there is no excuse to not keep them moisturized and have healthy looking hands.
It is important to protect the skin on your hands. Always wear gloves when doing housework, cleaning, washing the dishes, gardening and also playing outdoor sports such as golf.
Do you exfoliate your hands? Exfoliating is an important part of your overall skin care which includes hands. Make this a weekly habit to exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, reduce dull or rough looking hands and promote the growth of new skin cells to reveal new healthy skin.
However, remember to be gentle as the skin on your hands is thinner, you can use a body exfoliator or make your own at home. A quick and easy scrub you can try is 1-2 tablespoons of sugar and equal amount of olive oil – this will leave your hands feeling lovely and soft!
Hope you enjoyed these tips, do you do any special treatments for your hands?