Well, I don’t know about you, but my hands are suffering in this current Covid Crisis?
I was brought up to wash my hands regularly (not just after bathroom visits) and have been almost religious in my use of hand cream and to date it has worked, but add in hand washing after touching surfaces, packages and clothing, my hands are beginning to feel like sandpaper. Then, of course, we have had a few rounds of absolutely glorious weather so our hands have been exposed to the elements and UVA and UVB too. Hands up those who remembered to use sunblock!
But there IS good news. In the world of cosmetic treatments there have been some remarkable developments in turning back the clock on hand ageing. Most treatments that can be done on your face, neck, chest, and any other area can now be applied to your hands too. From hi tech Vampire lifts to innovative laser zappers so here are a series of posts with my pick of the best solutions and some preventive measures you can take to restore your hands to baby soft perfection.
1. Top Tips for Youthful Hands
Preventing damage now will mean will mean better skin condition in future.
*Always wear sun protection on the back of the hands to prevent liver spots and wrinkles even when driving in the as those ageing UVA rays can penetrate glass.
*Don’t wash your hands in very hot or cold water, as you will damage the skin. Try and ensure water is lukewarm and use a milder soap that contains nourishing and moisturising oils to cleanse the skin. Always rub in hand cream for at least a few minutes after washing hand and before bedtime.
*Wear protective gloves when doing housework or in the garden and give yourself a hand facial once a week. Products that you use on your face are just as good for your hands, so exfoliate and then use a plumping mask. Try Nourish Kale Anti-Ageing Hand Cream £12.50 www.nourishskinrange.
If your hands and nails are desperately dry then try O’Keeffe’s® Working Hands around £6 from Amazon
*The quality of skin and pigmentation marks can also be improved by the regular use of a retinoid (vitamin A) cream, which can help boost collagen and thicken the outer layer of the skin. Always use in the evening before bed as daylight can destroy the active retinoid molecules in the cream.