Most of us have a skincare regimen for our faces, but we often forget about our hands. Our hands have been through a rough year of constant washing and lots of alcohol-based sanitisers, and considering the work they do each day, it’s no wonder they seem to age faster than the rest of our bodies.
As you age, your skin thins and the fat in the back of your hands diminishes. The reduced volume and decreased elasticity produce translucent skin that wrinkles and develops age spots.
At the same time, our hands take some rough treatment. We expose them to the sun and other noxious elements more than any other part of the body. In the current pandemic climate, frequent washing in hot water removes the natural oils that lubricate your skin and protect against dry and cracked surfaces.
So, what should you do if you’ve noticed that your hands are looking older than you’d like?
You can have a significant impact on hand appearance with an easy but effective hand-care routine:
Step number 1: erase
The skin of the hands, exposed to cold, heat and external aggressions (dishes, cleaning products, etc.), is particularly vulnerable. For optimal care, eliminate dead cells with CONTACT+, our most gentle exfoliant that works like an eraser.
This gentle scrub formulated with plant-based cells, ylang-ylang and cloves essential oils gently eliminates dead surface cells without damaging the skin’s natural protection. It helps to remove impurities, encourage oxygenation, and leaves the skin brightened and radiant.
Step number 2: hydrate
Keeping hands hydrated is the key to counteracting crepey skin.
Ideally, you would apply a moisturising and repairing cream after each hand washing. Indeed, during washing, soap removes part of the hydrolipidic film. The downside of this frequent washing is that the skin is left bare, without natural protection for several hours.
You can counteract this by applying lotions or creams frequently throughout the day. Unfortunately, we do not necessarily have the time or the inclination to do it, but it is a worthwhile effort as it will help your skin retain its elasticity.
If you have a little time, use a thick layer of cream and use it as a mask by leaving it for several minutes. You can then spread the leftover over your arms.
Step number 3: take care of your nails
The nails are weakened by all the washing but also by the frequent use of sanitisers. They can become brittle, break or split.
Remember to moisturise them simultaneously as your hands, paying particular attention to the cuticles and massaging the nails.
Step number 4: go for a safe nail polish
Choose natural varnishes, which have been stripped of the 10 most controversial suspect ingredients. When removing, opt for a gentle, natural and acetone-free remover.
Regularly take a break of a few days between each application (of varnish) to allow your nails to breathe to stay healthy!
Step number 5: cover
Household products are harsh on the skin and nails, not to mention damaging your manicure. Wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes or cleaning.
In summer, remember to protect the skin of your hands from the sun to prevent pigmentation. Use sunscreen and reapply frequently.
Remember, your hands do betray your age!
A daily, easy, fast and effective routine using Phyt’s CREME MAINS ET ONGLES (Hands and Nails cream) will help you keep the skin of your hands soft and hydrated.
Thanks to its certified active organic ingredients, the cream can help you address in one single step the five strategies discussed above by preventing damaged, parched, wrinkled and chapped hands, keep your skin bright and soft and your nails strong and healthy.
Phyt’s Hand Cream Main active ingredients: Castor bean oil, Hazelnut oil, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lavandin , Aloe Vera , Vit E, Petitgrain, Lemon.