Hands are one of the body parts that is used a lot, it’s what people look at when you meet them – one of the first impression when you greet them! So it’s important to make sure the first impression is a good one, this quick guide will help you with hand care: DIY hand masks, a guide to great hand creams and beautiful hands ritual!
- Exfoliate – we all know that after winter our hands can be dry, it is important to use a scrub and get rid of the dead skin to make space for the revitalised skin. You can either make your own with ex. brown sugar, olive oil/coconut oil and coffee – natural yet so good! You could also use salt but this is a bit more harsher on the skin so make sure you don’t rub too hard. If you have pigmentation on your hands you might want to crush a strawberry and add it rather than coffee, this if regularly used can help with the problem.
2. Moistuze – When you are finished with the scrub, it is important to moisturise the hands well to ensure the oil or rich cream penetrates to the deeper parts of the skin. My favourite trick: Apply a generous layer of baby oil/olive oil/coconut oil to your hands and put on disposable gloves, keep them for at least 15 minutes in the meanwhile you can do ex. cleaning house, this way you are protected from chemical cleaning products and your hands are having a spa time!
Good body oils you could use are: BioOil, Hipp Babysanft baby oil with eco sweet almond oil, Vichy Nutriextra Huile Extraordinaire with 9 vegetable oils and of gorgeous orange blossom scent, Mustela Huile de Massage baby messaging oil which is 99% natural and smells of jasmine – so calming! To be honest any oil will do a good job! I love natural once like coconut oil or olive oil!
DIY hand masks
3. Potato mask
Boil 2 potatoes, crush them with a fork and mix it with egg yolk and 2/3 table spoons of warm milk into a thick paste. Apply it to your hands and cover with foil. After 15 minutes wash it off and put moisturising cream on your hands. The potatoes give protein, strach and ensymes which smooth and moisture the skin. It also has vitamin C which works to brighter the skin.
4. Paraffin compress
Melt down a piece of paraffin by putting the bowl with it over a pan with hot water. Put a generous layer of moisturising cream and put your hands in the paraffin for a moment. Take them out and wait until the paraffin dres and sets on your hands, then repeat the process to have a thicker layer of paraffin on your hands. Put disposable glow on and cover your hands in a towel. After 15 minutes crush the paraffin and wipe your hands with a paper towel, the cream penetrates the skin deeper under warm paraffin and the wax hydrates,smoothes, softens and keeps the moisture in the skin.
There are many great hand creams that you can use at all the times to ensure that your skin keeps the moisture and ensure your hands stay soft and hydrated.
The price ranges vary according to the budget but you can get a great hand cream in every price range, such as Vichy Nutriextra which is more on the affordable side but moisturising because of the shea butter it contains. Also L’Occitane shea butter hand creams are fabulous, they come in a range of different scents and everyone will be able to find something they like – they moisturise deeply because of high shea butter content, honey, sweet almond extract and vitamin E. One of the great ones I found is also Diptyque Luxurious Hand Balm with a blend of apricot kernel oil, shea butter and argan oil to comfort and protect the hands as well as nourishing. One which is all the time in bag now is Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
I hope that now you have those tips your hands will be well nourished and smooth like they never have been before!