Aug 14, 2011

Hand Care Checklist

Wrinkled, dry hands get noticed very fast and are the easiest way to look older than what you are - in case you are interested in that!!  With amazing 20/20 hindsight, now I know some simple everyday care that would have kept my hands looking smooth and soft.  Oh well, never too late to start I think, and here's my checklist:

Moisturize:  Use a rich creamy moisturizer and use it as often as you feel the need to.  By rich, I don't mean "costly."  Personally, I find the regular Nivea creme that comes in a blue tin/tub, the best inexpensive option.  Concentrate the moisturization on the outsides of the palms and around the nails.

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Avoid harsh detergents/excessive washing:  This part, at least for me, is not that easy to do.  Earlier, when I was working in a clinic, I had to wash my hands all the time, and now that I stay at home, there is the usual routine of washing/cleaning in the kitchen.  There are some things, though, that I try to follow:

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  • Use gloves if you have to do some dishwashing - now in all honesty, this is not something I do ALL the time, but that's only because I have small hands and I find most gloves too big.  Dishwashing soaps are meant to strip off grease from dirty plates, so obviously, they aren't the best for the skin.  Make sure you wash your hands off to remove any detergent residue as that can be drying.
  • Use a moisturizing hand wash - I hate the usual hand washes that leave the slippery feeling on my hand and take ages to wash off.  Currently, I am using Thann's Aromatic Wood body wash as my hand wash - it smells good, washes off easily, and is definitely not drying.  I have it with me, so I use it - any good glycerine-based nondrying soap would suffice.
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  • I read this tip somewhere, that if you can help it and/or if it's not necessary to, then avoid applying the soap on the back of your hands.  I follow this at times like when I am washing my hands to get some awful smell off it (err..garlic :P).
Strength in numbers:   Buy 2-3 hand creams and keep them just about everywhere you think you would need them - near the kitchen sink, your hand bag, next to your bed!  Now this is something I follow because I am a scatterbrain, and if I don't find the cream soon enough, I will just not moisturize.  Which is why I find Nivea the best option - it won't kill me to stock up on it :D

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I pick up travel sizes of hand creams or body butters
- easier to carry around and easier on the pocket.

Hand scrubs:  Show your hands some love and treat them to regular manicures.  You can do this very easily at home too:
  • Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water with some rose water mixed in or if you have some bath salts lying around, just add a bit of it to the water for about 5 minutes.  Pat dry.
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  • Scrub - Two ways to do this:  The easy way is to just use any scrub that you find good enough for your face (or in some cases maybe too harsh for your face :D).   The second way - a little bit of work but easy, I promise - is to make a quick oil-based scrub by mixing powdered sugar and oil (coconut/olive is what I prefer) and give your hands a gentle scrub.  Wash off with warm water.  Follow with a cream if required.
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Moderation with hand sanitizers/wipes:  Products that contain alcohol, like in case of disinfecting wipes, can dry out the skin - so use them only when you really need them.

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Sunscreens for your hands:  Easy to forget, but if I had to pick one thing in this list as most essential, I would pick this - hands and feet get a lot of sun exposure but are the most ignored when it comes to sun protection, and at least in my case, would be the main reason for the skin looking older and darker.  Slather on the sunblock on your hands and feet too (well, all the exposed parts of your body) - trust me, you NEED to do this!  Just use whatever sunscreen you are using for your face for your hands too - apply it on your face and just rub it on the hands at the same time - easy enough step to add on :)

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Slip your hands into cozy gloves when you go to sleep:  Okay, this is not really that easy to do, but if you can try it.  It does make a big difference since - it helps moisturizers soak into the skin better because of the warmth and also prevents the skin from drying out. 

A note on ingredients:  I prefer creams with oils that actually provide some nourishment to the skin rather than ingredients that just leave a smooth layer.   Lanolin, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut/olive/sunflower oils - these are just a few of the ingredients that are easy to find in a lot of creams, if you just make it a point to read through the ingredient list.  Just ensure that these are towards the top of the ingredient list - generally, ingredients are listed in the order of concentration, higher concentrations get listed first.


So those are some things that I try to follow.  What's on your handcare checklist?


Tried and Tested Hand Cream Reviews:

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Hand Cream

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion

Lush Smitten Hand Cream

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

ELF Nourishing Avacado and Almond Oil Cuticle Pen



10 comments:

  1. I need this Rads :) i liked your tip on keeping hand creams visibly at many places....this will help me a lot :P i sometimes use almond oil on my hands, during night..... it helps too :)

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  2. Almond oil should be quite nice :)

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  3. nice post thnx for sharing... i needed it :P

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  4. Rads.......I do love my hands and there is this wonder oil by oriflame that I would like to suggest in addition......you get that when you come back to India....same pinch on Nivea

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  5. Oriflame makes a nice hand cream also? Yup..will try it when I get back there :)

    Hi Deeptima ... you tho have nice hands..and that's your Lady Gaga makeup in the profile pic, isn't it? :D

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  6. Rads... I was thinking the other day to ask how many hand creams in all you have.. hehehehe

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  7. So many hand creams???? You have L'occitane?

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  8. nivea is my go to foot cream for winters. :D I barely ever scrub my hands. :( Infact when i do face scrubbing i guess i should use some of the same scrub for my hands as well. atleast I would remem to scrub that ways. :(( I like that scrub wali picc.. it looks edible. :P :P

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  9. Is same with me :) It's easier to remember na :D

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