Here we explain why the hands are so vulnerable to skin damage and reveal how to keep your hands and nails in good condition.
Your hands work harder than any other part of your body. Despite having very few protective oil glands, they are constantly exposed to water, UV rays, harsh soaps and atmospheric pollutants. They are also used in practically all of your daily activities, from cleaning to cooking.
With all this daily stress put on your hands, it’s no wonder they are often the first body part to show signs of ageing and can be so vulnerable to dry, cracked skin.
A good hand care routine can help you get healthy hands and nails, and keep them looking younger for longer.
Daily tips for beautiful healthy hands
Wash your hands frequently for 20-30 seconds to keep then clean of bacteria and viruses. This is especially important after using the bathroom or public transport, and before eating.
Excess water can dry the skin and leave hands vulnerable to bacteria so always dry your hands thoroughly after washing.
Dry skin not only looks wrinkled, but it can also feel incredibly tight and is easily damaged. To replenish and support the skin barrier moisturise your hands throughout the day and after washing. Fragrance can irritate delicate skin so if your hands are sensitive, it is best to apply a scent-free hand cream.
Wear gloves while washing dishes, cleaning and gardening. This will keep dirt and drying detergents away from the skin and it can also help to shield the hands from skin-ageing UV rays. Another great way to keep sunspots at bay is to apply a natural hand cream with SPF to the backs of the hands.
Boost your skin’s circulation and release tension by stretching or bending your fingers for a few seconds several times a day.
Weekly hand care treats
Exfoliating too often can harm the skin but gently massaging the hands for a minute a week with our Fruit Scrub Exfoliator can help to polish flaky, dry skin from the palms and help the hands to better absorb hand creams. After exfoliating, rinse any excess product from the hands with warm water before patting the hands dry with a clean towel.
Short on scrub? Why not make your own hand scrub for healthy hands by mixing 2 tbsp of organic olive oil with 3 tbsp of granulated sugar. Make a paste and follow the instructions above.
Nightly hand care treats for dry hands
The skin restores itself over night and you can help to support the skin whilst you sleep by applying a nourishing hand cream before bed. We recommend our Omega-enriched Everyday Hand Cream which hydrates and replenishes the skin barrier.
For extra intense hand hydration, pop on a pair of cotton gloves to keep moisture locked into your hands whilst you sleep.
If you’re low on hand cream, you can make your own hand care from your kitchen.
Mixing 1 tbsp of organic honey with 2 tbsp of organic unsalted butter will create a soothing balm-like hand treat or you could try mixing mashed avocado with sunflower oil to make a homemade hand mask.
For best results, wash hands, pat dry and immediately nourish with the preferred mix. Popping on a pair of cotton gloves and leaving them on for 15-20min will enhance the treatment.
Nourishing your nails
It’s important not to neglect your nails and our multipurpose Age Defy+ Ultimate Wonder Balm is an easy way to get healthy hands and nails.
Another natural way to add strength and support to soft, brittle nails is to warm a little organic olive oil and soak the nails in this for 20 minutes every other day. Coconut oil also works well for natural cuticle care.
The nail nutrients everyone needs
Improving your diet can also help you get healthy nails and slow the signs of nutrient deficiency. Here we reveal the nail-nourishing nutrients that can be found in a healthy, balanced diet.
White spots or flecks are likely to be a sign of zinc deficiency. Food that can increase your intake of Zinc include eggs, spinach and mushrooms.
Ridged or brittle nails can be a sign of vitamin A and calcium deficiency. Milk and dairy products are a good source of calcium and vitamin A can be found in leafy green vegetables, tomatoes and offal products like liver and kidney. You can also try supplementing your diet with wild seaweed (kelp). This supports healthy nail growth and is rich in Iodine and other minerals.
If your nails split easily, this can be a sign that they are low on Essential Fatty Acids. Rapeseed oil is a fantastic natural source of Omega fatty acids and is a key ingredient in our Everyday hand cream.
Dry, rounded and curved nails can be caused by insufficient intake of vitamin B12 or iron deficiency. These nutrients can be found in leafy green vegetable, eggs and legumes.
Uneven nails can be caused by poor digestion and a lack of magnesium, vitamin A or biotin. To maximise your magnesium intake, make sure your diet includes bananas, leafy greens, nuts and grains.
NEED HELP FINDING THE PERFECT HAND CARE?
For more advice on keeping hands and nails looking young, soft and healthy why not ask our customer care team about our range of organic hand care products? The team can be contacted Monday-Friday on 01403 740350.