Like your face, your hands function as bridges to the world. You shake hands when you meet or greet someone for the first time and when you seal a deal. Your hands express your affection to those you love. They soothe sad children and those suffering from illness. Maybe you “talk” with yours. In any case, whenever you’re interacting with others, your hands will probably spend some time in the spotlight. Take care of them or they will most likely betray the age that’s on your passport even when your face doesn’t.
Tips to keep your hands looking as young as your face:
- Moisturize throughout the day with a good long lasting hand cream to help replace oils that have been washed away and make the skin smoother.
- Protect your hands by applying sunscreen daily.
- Exfoliate at least twice a week to remove dead skin cells for smoother looking skin and to help improve the effectiveness of your hand cream.
- Wash with warm water, not hot. Hot water tends to strip the natural oils from your hands.
- Avoid harsh soaps. Antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary and may even dry skin more. They also can kill good bacteria on the hands and encourage bad bacteria that resist antibiotics.
- Wear gloves when using harsh cleaning products, when gardening or doing yard work to protect hands and nails and in cold weather to keep them from drying or chapping in the wintry air.