Youth's In Your Hands
Though we all spend a lot of time obsessing about how to stop crow's feet and facial wrinkles, we can't forget about the rest of the body. One of the places that can really show age is the hands. These helpful tips will help you keep your hands feeling soft and looking young.
Exfoliate once a month
Just like your face and body, your hands need to be exfoliated too. Use a sugar or salt scrub every two to three weeks to slough away the dead skin cells. Your hands will be smoother and softer. You can make your own salt scrub at home.
Moisturize after washing your hands
Use a moisturizing soap and make it a habit to immediately put on hand lotion after washing your hands. If you keep a pump bottle of lotion next to your sink in the bathroom and kitchen, you can easily apply your moisturizing lotion and keep skin hydrated. When spending time in the sun, don't forget to apply sunscreen to your hands too!
Take a multivitamin
Healthy doses of Vitamins A, B complex, C and E can all improve your skin. Vitamins C and E are particularly important in counteracting the effects of sun exposure. Vitamin A helps maintain and repair skin tissue, while B complex vitamins are essential for healthy skin, nails and hair. You can also use these vitamins topically on your hands.
Consider fish oil supplements
If you eat a lot of oily fish or take fish oil supplements, your hands will feel softer and smoother. Sardines, mackerel, fresh tuna and other oily fish contain essential fatty acids (EFAs) - the good fats. EFAs keep your skin moisturized and reduce inflammation. They also do double duty because they're great for your heart!
Get a manicure regularly
Whether you do it at home or head to the salon, a manicure will keep your cuticles moisturized and your nails healthy. Healthy, well manicured nails will make your hands look younger too.
Don't forget your gloves
In the wintertime, gloves are essential. But cold weather isn't the only thing that can damage your hands. When washing dishes, cleaning your bathroom and working in the garden, you should always wear gloves. Latex or rubber gloves can protect your hands from chemicals and hot water which can dry and damage your skin. When gardening, gloves can protect your hands, cuticles and nails.
Treat your hands at night
Coat your hands with a thick moisturizing cream or petroleum jelly before going to bed. Cover them with white cotton gloves or even socks. In the morning, your hands will look and feel softer and younger.
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