Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dish pan hands? Not anymore.

Day to day weather, environment and activities can really take a toll on your hands.  But did you know that signs of aging show up first around the eyes, neckline and hands?  That's because the skin is thinnest in these areas with less "cushion" to support it.   With that said, it's very important to take care of these areas and to treat them like delicate fabric.  Personally, in my salon experience, my hands become dry, cracked and very uncomfortable but I've come up with a few helpful ways to keep my hands looking and feeling their best.

  1. Exfoliate!  This helps remove layers of dead surface cells and keeps hands looking great.   Skin around the nail bed gets cracked and can harden, causing nail area to become dry, split, and feel very uncomfortable.  Exfoliation helps get rid of dead skin and keeps it looking soft and supple.  It also helps moisturizer to its job. 
  2. Moisturize daily and keep moisturizers with you as needed for extra comfort and support.  We are often touching things all day long and the oils from our hands wear off onto other things.  We need to replenish those oils frequently to keep hands looking great. 
  3. Avoid hot packs in the salons or day spas.   Overheating feels great but can cause hands to be uncomfortable.  
  4. When washing dishes or cleaning house, or other daily chores or activities, be mindful of your skincare and skincare needs.  Replenish and reapply products as needed to keep skin looking and feeling comfortable.  
  5. Some of my personal favorite ingredients:  Shea butter, jojoba oil, and products that feel rich and creamy.  
Take care of your hands.  Treat them well, and they'll look and feel great for many years to come.

Billy Lowe and the team of LoweLights.com

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