Often the most neglected area of our body, why don’t we pay more attention to our hands? The Skin Edit looks at our top-5-tips for beautiful hands.
Washing up, hand santisier, typing away at your desk, gardening on the weekend and everything else in between; our hands do all the hard work. Yet, do we treat them with the care and respect they deserve after all that work? Without the proper tlc our hands can become over exposed to all of the elements we throw at them. This is before we consider the cold weather which is on the way in the UK, making hands even more vulnerable climate changes. The Skin Edit looks at the 5 tips which will give you a helping hand.
Step One: Hydrate
We’ve already covered the reasons why your hands need a little support and can easily become dry, cracked and sore if ignored. Making small changes to your daily routine such as adding a cuticle oil or cream to massage in whilst you’re watching the latest episode of your favourite TV show will help to soften, hydrate and nourish vulnerable digits.
We love our Margaret Dabbs Nail and Cuticle Serum (£12). Follow this up with a hand cream or emulsion. Keep it in your hand bag to use throughout the day and use this as the motivation you may need to take two seconds out of your busy day; have a ‘you’ moment. For those of us who need to focus more on our wellbeing, we love the NEOM Nourish, Breathe and Energise Hand Balm (£15). Warm a pea-sized amount of the balm in your hands and before massaging-in hold the product under your nose for 7-10 seconds. Breathe in all the invigorating essential oil aromas for an amazing uplift. For hand care connoisseurs you can look no further than the Margaret Dabbs Hand Lotion (£10). Enriched with moisturising emu oil and alaria esculenta extract (great for anti-ageing) and lightly scented with mandarin; this lotion helps lock in moisture levels for even the most parched and neglected hands. The lotion is available in a super-handy handbag size and travels really well (tried and tested plane friendly). We love the fact that it sinks into the skin really quickly and doesn’t leave any form of greasy or oily residue.
Step Two: Don’t Slip!
You’ve mastered your skincare routine with precision perfection. So why not add your hands into the daily mix?
Consider exfoliating hands once every fortnight (perform this exfoliation on the same day as your facial exfoliation). This will help target age spots, tone and skin texture. Guinot’s Gommage Biologique is fantastic for pre-wedding prep, whilst the Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Hand Scrub (£18) combines the effects of orange peel and jojoba beads to gently cleanse hands. We particularly love the scent of this product (mandarin and geranium) and there is a noticeable improvement in hydration. Apply the scrub to wet hands and massage into the skin, gently exfoliating the dead skin cells. Rinse the grains with warm water and towel dry before applying your hand lotion.
Step Three: Its the Little Details
Our hands are the first parts of our body to display signs of ageing. Sun damage to the hands can cause premature age-spots, dehydration and changes in skin tone. Ensure you apply SPF to your hands as well as your face and body. Sunscreen such as Margaret Dabbs SPF30 Sun Defence for Hands is jam packed with anti-ageing, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients for hands and blocks harmful UV rays. The light, transparent film creates a shield for hands and nails, keeping hydration locked in. For a product which doubles up for everyday face and hands try Elemis Liquid Layer SPF30.
Step Four: A Helping Hand
Contrary to popular belief, a professional manicure is so much more than a polish change. A treatment manicure helps to keep hands looking young as well as improve joint mobility and blood circulation. Regular professional treatments continue to keep hands exfoliated, cuticles soft, tidy and promote all-round hand health and wellbeing. Adding an additional touch of colour completes the feeling and appearance of healthier hands and fingers. To perfect polished pinkies, consider selecting a nail varnish shade which is a tonal-match to your skin tone.