Have you heard the expression: Hands reveal your age? It’s entirely true. No matter how young you are, it’s never too early to take care of your hands. Telling fibs about your age in the future will not help if your hands are parched, wrinkled and stained. But you can start to prevent it right now. With these tips, you will have young hands for years to come, so let’s start.
Always use nail polish for protection, aside from using it to make your hands look more beautiful. Painting your nails at least once a week – even if you use only clear polish – helps protect them from damage. In the market, there are hardening enamels that help you to have stronger and healthier nails. Varnishes safeguard the nail from fungi and bacteria, to which they may be exposed. In addition, well-painted nails are a symbol of glamor.
If you don’t have time to be applying nail polish every few days, then try one of the modern gel-based nail polishes that dry almost instantly under UV/LED lamps. These last for up to two weeks, so you’ll need a lot less time to devote to manicuring your nails. Companies like Svensson offer a wide range of modern colors and your nails will be getting all the protection that they need.
Oxygenated blood is important for the correct regeneration of the tissues and transports the nutrients necessary to keep your skin and nails healthy. Having good blood circulation to your hands is therefore imperative. A feeling of ‘pins and needles’ in the hands is an indication that blood circulation is restricted. Try using one of those anti-stress balls, massaging them in your hands for a while every day. You will feel less stressed, and you will improve the circulation in your hands.
The cuticles are the skin that grows around the nails. It serves to protect you from infections as the nail plate grows out but always looks dry and opaque. This is because it is dead skin, but you should not cut it otherwise you are removing the natural barrier that prevents bacteria and fungi from getting under the nail fold. If it looks unsightly, soak it in water and then gently push it back with a stick before painting the nails.
Just as you can rejuvenate the skin on your face with exfoliation, you can do the same to your hands. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a specialized product. You can do it at home: just mix half a cup of sugar, three tablespoons of water and three tablespoons of olive oil. Rub your hands with this preparation once a week for 10 minutes. Then rinse with water and your usual soap. You will quickly notice how your hands look smoother.
This is vital. Dry hands are more prone to spots and wrinkles. To prevent dryness, wash your hands with warm water and a neutral PH soap. After you dry them, use a good quality hand cream to moisturize your hands. This is the ideal solution, but if a good quality hand cream is too expensive for your budget, then just apply some Vaseline under rubber gloves at night and you’ll achieve the same result.
Like our face, our hands are almost always exposed to direct sunlight. The sun is what is mainly responsible for the early appearance of dark spots on the skin. It is therefore important that you apply sunscreen every day to the backs of your hands, even if you have dark skin. Before buying sunscreen, it is advisable to consult with a dermatologist to determine which is the most suitable for your skin type.
Sometimes wearing gloves feels uncomfortable, but they are made to protect our hands. That’s why you should always have at home: a pair of rubber gloves for housework, a pair of leather gloves for gardening and handyman-type work, and outdoor gloves if you live in a cold climate. During winter months, wool gloves, aside from keeping your hands warm, will protect them from dryness caused by the weather.
Watch your diet
Did you know that nail marks can be an indication of nutrient deficiencies in your diet? If you notice white spots appearing on your nails, you should consult a doctor and not attempt to self-diagnose. To ensure that you keep your hands and nails healthy, you should aim for a balanced diet, especially rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and seeds. These foods favor the production of collagen and elastin, which help strengthen the skin, nails, and hair.
Is just that easy!
So you can see how simple it is to take care of your hands and nails. You don’t need to spend many hours a day, nor spend a lot of money. Following these simple tips will prevent your hands from drying out or prematurely aging over the years. You will no longer have to worry about revealing your age! All they need is a little attention, and you can have diva’s hands all your life.