As an Esthetician, my hands are in constant contact with ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid and more. These can be very drying to the hands but after about a year of trying to fight it, I finally figured out how to treat them daily to stop the flaking. Grape Seed Oil. I recommend it for the face (at night) and I use it all over my body so why shouldn’t I use it to deeply hydrate my hands? I love it and my hands have never been softer.
So imagine my surprise when I did dishes the other night (it took about 20 minutes) and my hands got extremely dry (immediately after) and then started flaking that night. How can 20 minutes of doing dishes cause that much dryness to my hands? I appreciate that the dish soap was strong enough to clean but doing this everyday cannot be good for the skin. People out there who are doing dishes everyday, multiple times a day, can be doing some damage and causing their hands to age quicker. And don’t forget, your hands give away your age!
What can you do?
1. Keep a hand moisturizer (creme is even better) next to your sink and apply every single time.
2. At night, apply grape seed oil to your hands and then hand moisturizer/creme.
3. For deeper hydration: Apply a generous amount of grape seed oil and hand creme, put on gloves (socks, whatever you have) and let them sit for about 20 minutes.
I’ve been telling women about their hands for years! Whatever you do to your face, you should do to your neck, chest and hands. Here are some simple tips to help keep your hands young.
1. Always, always wear sunscreen. At least SPF #15 but I recommend #30.
2. Exfoliate your hands every few days. Just like your face, getting rid of the dead will skin will allow the beneficial products to penetrate and make a difference. I use a Glycolic Cleanser for my face so on the nights I use it, I also will wash my neck, chest and hands (top of hands!). Glycolic Acid helps with aging (brown spots).
3. Keep your hands hydrated. Lotion helps but doesn’t necessarily hydrate the skin. Grapeseed Oil will, so put that on every night. You can put lotion on over it if you want.
Treat the Hands
About once a week, give your hands some extra TLC.
1. Exfoliate using a Glycolic Cleanser (hopefully you will get one if you don’t already have one) and a Konjac Sponge.
2. After cleansing, apply Grapeseed Oil and massage in generously.
3. Apply a hand creme (not lotion- creme is thicker)
4. Apply Vaseline (optional) to lock in everything. Vaseline is occlusive, which means that it helps seal in the products.
5. Put on gloves or socks or something similar to protect your hands. Relax and leave on for about 20 minutes.
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I tell all my clients that whatever you do to your face, you should also do to your neck, chest and hands. They are so often neglected but they will show your age so quickly. Sunscreen is super important! It isn’t necessary to cleanse your hands the same way but all those serums and moisturizers will keep your hands hydrated and protected. It’s a simple step and will make a huge difference! Wearing gloves while washing dishes is a must for hand models so maybe we should follow that rule too. 🙂
Your nails can also be a sign of aging. I’m definitely not an expert in this area but fungus, yellowing and dark spots are not attractive and things you will not find on younger people. (these can also be a sign of poor health so get this checked out next time you’re at the doctor) Pay for the extra nail treatments when you get your manicures. If you don’t want to spend the money then do the extras at home. Hydrate your cuticles (try applying some oil and vaseline- then wrap in socks).