Hint: not diamonds. But my 5 time-tested and no-brainer rules for obtaining gorgeous, silky smooth hands!
Since they say that hands (and neck, but that’s another story) give away your age, I was pretty happy with the condition of mine and assumed that it was in the genes or something. Women kept complimenting me and asking what magic hand lotion I would use, and were visibly disappointed when I said “none particular?” One day then, having watched others go about their life and do this and that and comparing them to myself, epiphany stroke me: I simply protect my hands more than most people do! Let me share with you, how 🙂
NB: All five rules are obvisouly fab for both men and women!
Always protect your hands. Wear protective/rubber gloves when dealing with water, solvents, detergents, soil, dyes, chemicals, dirt, motor oil… you name it. Wear warm gloves in autumn and winter, wear lace gloves in summer, wear sports gloves, biking gloves, motorcycling gloves, convertible gloves… Wear satin gloves when you put on your finest lingerie. Well, you get the idea.
Use (non-toxic) sunscreen on your hands when going out. This will help prevent sun damage and brown spots later; also the added perk of the mostly “heavy” sunscreen formulas is that they create a thin protective layer on the skin. (My favourite sunscreen is almost perfect – but it contains beeswax, so it isn’t vegan.)
Everything is flowing… Wash you hands as often as you need to (particularly beneficial during them flu months) but get a mild liquid soap your skin loves. Why liquid soap? Look it up -> here!
Find a hand lotion that’s right for you and… don’t use it.
Surprised? Well, obviously you should use it from time to time, just don’t make it a daily habit – your skin can get “used” to lotions and stop regulating itself (the chapstick effect).
A hand massage feels just great and refreshes the mind after you’ve kept your hands clenched, hovering over your laptop – but your hands will love a few drops of a nice virgin oil a lot more.
I think it’s really hard to recommend a hand lotion because our requirements differ quite a lot. Let me just name my criteria:
1. vegan & cruelty-free,
2. palmoil free (read here, why),
3. certified organic AND without ugly chemicals/toxins sneaked in;
4. no wheat protein (check out this post on wheat allergy and cosmetics);
5. no Retinol or other drying ingredients;
6. not too greasy.
And the ultimate beauty secret for soft hands is: forget the fuss and get your overnight treatment!
From time to time, really maybe every couple months, I treat myself to a little hand massage with oil (brokkoli seed for me please), slather on a mix of my fave hand lotion + a few drops of Vitamin E from capsultes (drugstore or pharmacy) and slip on my pink cotton gloves.
Have a healthy end of the week, Adventurers!