The cooler weather is quickly approaching and when it does I am often asked if I have any tips for keeping hands & cuticles looking smooth and moisturized.
Below are a few at- home concoctions I recommend, along with some of my favorite hand products.
For daytime I prefer hand creams that provide nourishing ingredients without feeling greasy. Look for products that soften the skin naturally with almond, coconut or olive oil, shea or cocoa butter.
L’Occitane or MISTRAL hand creams are favorites as they come in small tubes so I can always carry them with me to keep my hands protected throughout the day.
Remember your hands need sun protection as well to keep them from getting wrinkles and hyper pigmentation from harmful UV rays.
I always layer COLORFLO or BRUSH ON BLOCK over my hand cream to stay sun protected.
Snow skiing this winter? Remember that you are closer to the sun’s rays and sun protection is even more critical.
For smooth and silky hands, a good oil- based hand scrub that exfoliates and gently refines and removes the dead skin cells is a must.
For a simple DIY scrub that is perfect for this time of year, mix together:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup liquid coconut, almond, argan or jojoba oil (my personal favorite is coconut)
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Add some baking soda or lemon to the mix as it helps lighten hyper pigmentation.
Some of my favorite store bought brands are by Shea Moisture and Origins.
For a more intensive nightime treatment include a retinol product in your hand care regime, but remember it may dry out your skin and cuticles, so be sure to moisturize over top. What’s good for the face is good for the hands, so rub excess face products onto the top of your hands.
For your nails and cuticles, remember to take your towel and push the cuticle back when you get out of the shower. Keep your nails shorter in the winter to prevent splitting. Apply straight oil onto the cuticles – any kind will work.
And if you’re really serious about keeping your hands looking supple, apply the oil all over your hands and sleep in some cotton gloves- available at your neighborhood Rite Aid, or any other pharmacy.
I keep BIO OIL and AQUAPHOR by my bed- all year round. Not only are they great for your hands, but they double as a lip conditioner as well.
Doing dishes or other household chores? Wear rubber gloves.
Still can’t get your nails to look strong and healthy? Take biotin, 5,000-10,000 mcg daily. Personal testimony- it works!