This Oft-Forgotten Body Part Needs Your Attention
The other night, I found myself sitting across from one of my best friends in a noisy, crowded pub, obsessively petting her hand.
Let me explain.
In a casual money exchange, while settling up our tabs, my hand brushed against my lovely friend's hand and I was instantly taken aback. It was SO soft! Like, baby bottom soft. Like the tummy of a newborn puppy soft. Like silk pillowcase soft. Glancing from her hands — dainty, perfectly manicured and smooth as can be — to my own — well decorated in rings, but with bitten nails, chipped black polish like some kind of sociopath, bleeding cuticles and chalky dry skin, I sat there in awe, wondering how I had let my hands hit rock bottom, and how quickly I could rehab them.
Turns out, it’s a scientifically proven fact that our hands are often the first part of our body to show signs of aging. and while this aging often begins in our 20s, if you don’t take care of your paws, you may find yourself with prematurely aged hands in your 30s and 40s.
Horrified by the state of my own hands, I went home that night, buzzed on wine, and frantically Googling ways to reverse the damage. Here’s what I’ve got...
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
My boyfriend often makes fun of me for all the lotions and potions I’m constantly applying to my body, but if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s the feeling of dry and itchy skin. While I'm usually pretty scrupulous in my moisturizing regimen, I'm also an obsessive hand washer. So it's no mystery then, why my hands were so uncharacteristically dry and chalky in comparison to the rest of my body.
Now I know that if there is anything which is essential to hand health, it is moisturizing — specifically with an SPF lotion as sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature aging.
The skin on your hands is particularly prone to becoming dry too quickly, so moisturizing is always going to be vital to ensure they look their best. It’s also not a bad idea if you massage your hands as you are applying the moisturizer. Better yet, bribe your mama, BF, or BFF into doing this for you.
Looking for the right moisturizer? Check out this list of the best SPF for hands.
2. Lock It In
Okay, so you’re moisturizing like crazy during the day and that’s great, but if you really want to amp your hand health regimen up a notch, take it one step further.
Apply a thick hand cream before bed so your paws can reap the benefits while you sleep.
3. Wear Gloves
Ever wonder why Madonna’s always rocking those fingerless gloves? The queen of looking younger than her biological age knows the secret. "Believe me, you can hide a lot of things, but the hands always give it away," she told The Huffington Post.
While fingerless gloves may not fit with your current wardrobe, consider keeping a pair of regular old driving gloves in your car.
4. Get Yourself a Manicure, Girl
A perfectly valid excuse to treat yo’self, am I right?
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a manicure that makes me feel like I’ve really got my sh*t together.
Whether you do-it-yourself, or treat yourself at the salon bi-weekly, a manicure can make a major difference in the state of your hands, and aid in preventing premature aging.
Pro Tip: If you are getting a gel manicure that requires drying by UV light, be sure to pile on the SPF beforehand, so as not to counteract the good.
By taking the time to care for your nails, or investing in a salon manicure, you will also be less likely to pick or chew at your perfectly polished fingers.
For more manicure tips and advice, check out https://www.liveabout.com/manicure-tips-346691.
5. Add a Little Bling
Okay, so this is purely aesthetic, and will not do anything to counteract the effects of aging or prevent future aging. BUT. It might make you feel good? And there’s a lot to be said for that.
Like the age-old adage, “look good, feel good,” the same goes for your hands. Add a little bling to your hands with multi-stacking rings or consult the Diamond Guru — http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/ritani-review/ — to find a little somethin’ somethin’ more enduring.
*This is a collaborative post.
*Feature image via The Mystic Rebel