We take our hands for granted. It may not always be top of mind, but without those phalanges we couldn’t achieve our daily goals. So give hard working hands a little TLC. Here are 5 ways you can keep your hands happy while they help others and yourself!
1. Wash with a gentle soap
If you constantly wash your hands with harsh antibacterial soaps (or worse, moisture-stripping dish soap) your skin might feel a little like sandpaper. Do your fingers a major favor by switching over to lipid-based soap for restorative cleansing. Known for its ultra-nourishing, anti-irritation, and antibacterial properties, Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Oil revitalizes the skin barrier by stimulating lipid synthesis.
When it comes to exfoliation, we often think of scrubbing every other part of our body besides the hands. It turns out that’s where we need it the most! Dry skin can build on overworked hands and cause roughness, tautness, even bleeding. Grab a body scrub and give your fingers a little love, as you slough off dead cells for your softest hands yet. I love how Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub gently polishes with a moisturizing coconut and jojoba oil formula that leaves skin feeling smoother without feeling tight.
3. Incorporate a conditioning treatment
Treat overworked hands to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Infused with a skin-quenching combination of rose butter, wax and oil, BY TERRY Baume de Rose Hand Cream makes a perfect overnight treatment for silky hands come morning. Create your very own DIY hand-restoring mask by slathering this hydrating cream all over your fingers and palms, putting on cotton gloves, and leaving on while you sleep. After waking, remove the gloves, blot then massage the excess product in for soft, repaired skin.
4. Moisturize daily
To maintain silky skin throughout the day, make sure you keep moisturizer on hand wherever you go. Small but mighty, Eau Thermale Avéne Concentrated Hand Cream comes in a travel-friendly bottle containing a skin-saving solution packed with super star ingredients like healing Avène Thermal Spring Water and restorative Sucralfate. My favorite part about this intensely nourishing cream is that it provides hydration that lasts up to five hand washings—so you don’t have to constantly reapply.
5. Add SPF
We may not always notice, but the skin on your hands is also exposed to sunlight—so make sure you keep it protected from UV damage on the daily. Go for a portable SPF stick and concentrate application on the backs of your hands and in between fingers. I love how COOLA’s Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick offers broad spectrum SPF 50 protection and is packed with healing ingredients that hydrate skin with 80 minutes of water resistance.