Handy Tips To Keep Hands Looking Youthful
Mano y mano… hand and hand. If the eyes are the windows to our soul, then the hands are the gateway to our bodies. Think about it: When you first meet someone, you see them, then, likely, you shake their hand. So, just as you want to put your best face forward, you also want to put your best hand forward too. As discussed previously, hands are also one of the areas of your body that show your true age, so keep them clean, hydrated, and healthy year-round.
Here are the products and tools needed to keep hands looking (and feeling) youthful:
Hand Chemistry Extreme Hydration Concentrate ($14) – Every pair of hands needs a good moisturizer. Apply morning and night, as you would face cream – and any other time during the day when you’ve stripped your hands of their natural oils. This stuff is intense and wonderful and will leave hands sexy and smooth.
Yu-Be Moisturizing Heel and Elbow Socks – Not technically your hand, but still noticeable every time you extend your arm to shake someone elses, your elbows have a tendency to get extremely dehydrated and chafed. This, too, can cause you to look older than your actual age. Keep things kosher by moisturizing daily, and try these handy socks for an intense hydrating treatment. Just apply with your favorite salve, like Burt’s Bees Hand Salve ($6), leave on overnight and wake up with seriously refreshed elbows.
L’Occitane Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub ($24) – Sure, you can use any old ordinary scrub, but don’t your hands deserve more (especially considering all that they do for you!). This shea butter-based hand scrub nourishes dry hands and cuticles while getting rid of dead and damaged skin. The result, glowing, soft-as-silk hands that are begging to touch (and be touched).
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil ($20) – You can’t forget about your nails and cuticles! A bi-weekly brush of nail oil rich in vitamin E and jojoba oil will do the trick. Follow the oil up with Deborah’s The Cure, Ultra Nourishing Cuticle Repair Cream ($24) – use daily for best results – and you’ll have hangnail-free hands and beautifully hydrated cuticles in minutes.
Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($30) – Few things age you as quickly as the sun. And since your hands are constantly exposed to UV rays, it’s imperative that you use a daily sunscreen to avoid dark spots and damage. This one is a longtime favorite because of its multi-tasking properties: It moisturizes, protects against UV damage, thanks to the SPF, and reverses any discoloration or dark spots that you may already have. Basically, it works on the past, the present, and the future care of your precious hands!