Handle The Situation!
Quick! What’s one of the most used but least cared for parts of our bodies? Did you say the hands? So many of us spend large chunks of time and money on our hair and face but forget about our hands. But 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 and is something that you can do on 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 steps to maintaining soft, healthy hands throughout the drier fall and winter months:
Exfoliate your hands
Exfoliate your hands for the same reason you do your face — to remove dead, unhealthy skin that's preventing 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 two to three minutes. Massaging your hands helps to stimulate blood flow to maintain a healthy color. Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel.
Apply a natural hand cream
To lock in essential oils that prevent your skin from becoming dry and chapped, apply a natural hand cream. Try this comfy beeswax hand cream for the perfect amount of moisture:
Note: While most grocery stores will have all of these ingredients, if you have any problems finding them, stop by your local health food store.
Wear gloves when working with household cleaning products that contain soap or detergent
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. However, soap and detergent used in household cleaning products are really 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.
Our hands tell a lot about us! Follow the three steps above to be sure that yours don't tell too much about you!
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