Now that summer is winding down most of us will have our bodycare regime down to an art but how many of us have taken the time to consider our hands? Despite the fact that they are one of the most hardworking parts of our body, they often get overlooked. They are exposed to the sun, frequent hand and dish washing, germ-ridden public transport and a plethora of ageing environmental factors. So here are 5 easy ways to show your hands some TLC:
Hand wash on a delicate cycle
While washing your hands may not be the most exhilarating experience it is a chance to ensure you are taking the best possible care of your skin. Just like with face cleansers you don’t want your hand wash to dry out your skin so look for gentle and moisturising formulas with ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter or Vitamin E.
All in Hand is super gentle to the skin and leaves hands exquisitely soft, thoroughly clean and revitalised. Its creamy rich lather is formulated with moisturising aloe vera and glycerin and a delicious Mediterranean essential oil blend making it a truly spa luxe experience in a bottle.
Moisturise, Nourish, Soften
This may be the most obvious tip but how many of us go a whole day without a lick of moisturiser being applied to our hardworking hands? The trick is to find a fast absorbing formula that you enjoy applying and keep numerous to hand; in your bag, next to your bed, accompanying your hand wash on your hand sink.
Palm Balm is a staple in our handbags and desk drawers and it’s just got even better! It has been reformulated to bring even more skin goodness. We love that it’s quickly absorbed because who has time to wait for hand cream to fully soak in? The multivitamin cocktail fuses Mediterranean essential oils with extracts of aloe vera, jojoba and Vitamin C, B3, B5, B6 and E to moisturise soothe and turn back the clock. It’s silky texture instantly leaves hands looking brighter, younger and feeling like velvet!
All Is Well is perfect to keep by your basin and makes the ideal accompaniment to All In Hand. It is a beautifully sophisticated 3-in-1 lotion that deeply moisturises hands, nails and cuticles and once you get into the habit of applying lotion after washing your hands you’ll notice how much softer, smoother and nourished your skin feels!
Create a solid base
As we love sporting a bright nail polish in the summer it is essential to use a base coat to prevent staining and to help strengthen nails. Sorrento is our go-to base coat as it is a clever three-in-one product, not only does it provide a base to prevent your polish staining, it also acts as a nail hardener and doubles as a top coat to maintain the life of your manicure and to reduce any chipping. It contains a combination of hardening, moisturising and anti-oxidising ingredients including keratin enhancers, minerals and natural extracts (Vitamin E, calcium, olive tree leaf extract, echinacea extract and juneberry extract) known to improve the condition of your nails.
Watch Out for Alcohol
If you are regularly frequenting the tube you are probably no stranger to hand sanitiser but sanitising gels and wipes that contain high amounts of alcohol can dehydrate hands and nails. To combat the drying effects wait until the sanitiser has dried and then layer on hand cream.
We all know the importance of applying sun cream to our faces not just to avoid a burnt red face but also to prevent premature ageing however your hands are just as susceptible to wrinkles and age spots. Life Defence is a feather light moisturiser that contains broad-spectrum SPF 25 to help protect skin against UVA & UVB damage. It is formulated with an antioxidant complex with rocket, Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid which create a barrier of protection against skin-ageing free radicals and environmental damage.