As we age, our skin begins to show signs of wear and tear, especially on our hands. Our hands are one of the most exposed parts of our body and are constantly in the line of fire to harsh environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution and weather changes.
By Nicole Sherwin, founder Eco Diva Natural
Additionally, frequent hand washing and use of hand harsh sanitizers can also take a toll on our skin’s health. If you’re an avid gardener and your hands are often in the soil and working with plants, fertilizers and gardening tools, this can also increase stress and strain on the skin of your hands. That’s why it’s essential to take care of our hands and maintain their health and beauty through natural, kind skincare products and techniques.
Here are 5 tips on how to take care of your hands:
Keep hands clean & germ-free
Regular hand washing is crucial to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, but it can also cause dryness and irritation. It’s important to wash hands with natural/organic wash to ensure no harsh chemicals or abrasive ingredients are present.
Avoid very hot water, as it can strip your skin of natural oils. Always dry your hands thoroughly, especially between your fingers.
Protect your hands
Wear gloves when you’re doing household chores, such as washing dishes or gardening. Exposure to harsh chemicals and detergents can be damaging to your skin, so opt for eco-friendly cleaning products that won’t be harmful to your hands or the environment. Wearing gloves can help to protect your hands from irritation and dryness.
Exfoliate your hands
We exfoliate our face, so why not our hands? Dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, making it look dull and rough. Regular exfoliation can help to remove these dead skin cells and reveal smoother, brighter skin. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub once or twice a week to keep your hands looking fresh and smooth. Always moisturise afterwards.
Masque your hands
Ever thought of applying a masque to your hands like you do to your face? It can do wonders for deep hydration and to keep your hands in tip-top condition where they always look healthy and glowing.
Next time you apply your natural face masque, remember to apply to your hands as well and give them all the love and attention they deserve.
Apply natural cream or lotion after washing your hands or whenever your hands feel dry. Look for moisturisers that contains natural ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, or coconut oil.
These ingredients can help to hydrate and protect your skin from dryness and cracking. Always include your nails and cuticles in all of the above tips and techniques.
In addition to using natural, kind skincare products and techniques, it’s essential to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Eating a balanced diet that’s rich in fresh veggies and fruits that contain vitamins and antioxidants can help to nourish our skin from within helping the skin on our hands too. Drinking plenty of spring or filtered water also helps to keep our skin hydrated and healthy.
Give your hands the love they deserve with regular hand washing, exfoliating, masquing, moisturising, and protecting. With a little extra care and attention, your hands can remain soft, smooth, and youthful-looking for years to come.