Hand Skin

Our hands are probably on view a lot more often than we think. We use them in everyday activity, in and outside the house, and yet, we seem to neglect them. Our hand skin takes a lot of abuse.

They come in contact with chemicals, water, they go through changes of the temperature, etc. All these and many other factors put the skin of our hands under a great amount of stress.

Your hands will give your age out if you not careful. The first signs of aging do not let hand skin pass by. Many people do not realise, but hands are the first of all body parts to show your age, that’s why they need a lot of care and pampering to keep the wrinkles away and maintain them looking young, soft, supple and beautiful.

Here are some tips for you, so that you can take appropriate care your hands’ skin:

• Keep your hands moisturized; do it as many times a day as possible. Dry skin can already give a wrinkly look to your hands, but it can also easily be damaged.

• Keep it as a rule by wearing gloves whilst washing dishes, gardening or dealing with chemicals.

• Use sunscreen on your hands when you are exposed to sun rays.

• Make sure you dry your hands after washing them. If you have water on your hands, it will evaporate drying your skin.

• Treat your hands to herbal oil massage once a week, apart from daily moisturizing.

Have a look at some hand skin care ideas:

Homemade nourishing hand cream:
Mix one teaspoon of honey with 3 tablespoons of normal butter (not salty). Add one tablespoon of strong herbal mixture. Although it will take quite a while for this rich cream to absorb, it will make the skin of your hands smooth and soft.

Herbal hand bath:
Mix one tablespoon of herbs (you can put one or all of these: chamomile, nettle, sage, coltsfoot, calendula) with a small amount of boiled water. Leave the mixture to cool down, then apply and let it soak into the skin of your hands for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, dry the hands thoroughly and put on some nourishing moisturizer.

• Mashed potatoes with milk make a fantastic hand mask.

• To restore the PH balance of the skin after washing dishes with detergents, bathe your hands with sour milk or water and vinegar solution (2 quarters of water per 1 tablespoon of vinegar).

• After cooking with eggs, don’t be in a rush to get rid of the eggshell, scrape out the remaining egg white instead, and massage it into your hands.

• To give your hand skin a more even tone, rub a piece of lemon on it.

For dry skin:
Mix one egg yolk, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, one tablespoon of glycerine, juice of one lemon and 3 to 4 ounces of herbal infusion or rose water. Apply this mixture once or twice a week to treat the dry condition of your hands.

• Protect your hands from windy, icy conditions; keep them warm, as colds often start as a result of hands getting cold.