For all the attention we give our faces, all too often we give our hands the brush-off – which seems a shame since our hands tend to be front and center for all to see. While a lack of attention can take its toll over time, it’s never too late to start taking care of our hands. Here are five ideas for putting your best hands forward:
Apply Sunscreen to Hands. Don’t stop with your face! Hands are one of the first areas to show sun damage. Make applying sunscreen to your hands part of your morning routine, and consider keeping a small tube of SPF lotion in your purse for reapplication after washing hands.
Wear Gloves. We may no longer don white gloves to lunch with the ladies, but there’s still a place for gloves inyour life. By that, we mean rubber gloves when washing dishes, and winter gloves outside when it’s chilly. Skin can become parched from both hot, detergent-laden dishwater and dry, cold air, so protect your hands from both.
Exfoliate. If hands are dry and scaly, exfoliation is in order. Any exfoliant you love for your face is bound to be gentle enough for the backs of your hands, or try a quick homemade scrub of sugar and olive oil for a natural fix.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Here’s another rule of facial skincare that also applies to the hands. Keep a favorite hand cream in convenient spots around your home and office, and use it often. Try this highly effective skin care hack – Actifirm 40 Winks Rest and Firm works like a dream to moisturize cuticles!
Show Off a Fresh Manicure. While you might worry that a manicure will draw attention to the prominent veins and age spots of mature hands, the right strategy can impart a more youthful appearance. First, know the current trends are in nail length and follow suit – right now, the most stylish nails are fairly short and gently rounded. Next, find a current nail color that flatters at any age – an orange-based red is classic and can temper prominent veins. With a little extra TLC, you truly can shave years from the appearance of your hands.
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