Getting the Hand Job, done... Home and in-service hand treatments

Though the hand puns are cleaver and funny, old wrinkled hands are not. So how do we remedy this, and have our hands feeling their age? Truthfully, the answer is really simple… a good hand cream. Our hands don’t product oil like the rest of our skin and we are (hopefully) constantly washing them they are subject to extreme drying, especially with the winter months upon us.

What to look for in a hand cream…

Personally, I look for more natural ingredients. I just feel better knowing that when one of my kiddos ask to try it, that I am not loading him up with a ton of synthetic chemicals. First, we want to look for skin softening ingredients like, shea butter, grapeseed oil or rapeseed. This helps prepare your skin and keep it soft and supple. Also look for things that keep water in, like silicone and dimethicone, as well as ingredients that attract water, like glycerin or sorbitol.  

Home and in-service treatments...

Wow what a mouth full! Ok so easy enough look for a hand cream that is slightly thicker than a face cream. I personally like the ones trader joes has, they fit in my purse without being too bulky and when they are in the purse they are more likely to get used regularly. I try to apply after every hand washing or every time I get back in my car to taxi my kids to yet another appointment. Lastly, we need to put a sunscreen on those hands. The sun in the #1 reason they look like they do. Unfortunately, the spf you are putting on your face probably isn’t enough, it wont last the day with all the rough and tumble we do. Look for something that is at least 50spf and water resistant and if you can reapply at least once during the day. I know, I know, I know… more crap to remember during an already crazy ass day. I am guilty of not doing any of these sometimes. And of course, my hands show the neglect LOL! At night I use the hand saver essential oil mix and put on gloves, it has all the great ingredients that we need and makes my hands look like they didn’t just spend all day chasing kids, doing dishes and picking up other people’s crap!

In-service treatments, so this is where you can have your esthetician really kick up the juice and give your hands the TLC they need. Next time you are getting your facial, ask about hand treatment add-ons, they are usually not too expensive, and they can be done in conjunction. The hands can have peels, masks and be exfoliated just like the face.

The key of course to any of this is consistency… so as always, just try… strive for progress, not perfection 😊