I looked down at my hands the other day and got a terrible shock. They looked OLD! Augh! I thought I had at least a few more years before I had to add "hands" to the list of places on my body to fret about. (I already peer nervously at my neck, tilting the mirror on my dresser so I can get the under-view. So far, so good.) But my hands (pictured here next to a pair of Christian Dior pumps I spotted recently that matched my nail polish! Too bad I didn't have an extra $1,000 right?) seem to be aging before my eyes!
Or ... HOPEFULLY ... could there be another explanation?
Maybe they're just ... DRY?
That's what my husband said when I thrust my poor paws in front of him. "Do my hands look OLD?" I demanded.
Of course, my husband is way too smart to fall for a trap like that. "What? No!" he said. "They looks the same as always! Maybe they're just a little dehydrated. It's winter!"
Well. It IS practically winter, and my skin overall does tend to get really super duper dry in the winter. Hmm. I've been slathering my hands in lotion ever since that day a couple of weeks ago, and it does seem to be helping, but still .... I know it's just a matter of time before time takes its toll. I want to grow old gracefully, but not too fast -- you know what I mean? So I've been researching ways to keep hands looking young(ish). Here are some of the tips I've discovered and am either already trying or planning on trying!
1. If they're really dry, try a hand salve. Burt's Bees hand salve is a great, affordable option. ($9, BurtsBees.com) Burt's Bees also make a lovely lemon butter cuticle cream -- great to keep at your desk or in your purse; if you use it regularly, it will really help keep your cuticles and nails looking nice! ($6, BurtsBees.com)
2. Wear sunscreen on your hands, year round. Simple makes a very affordable, light, and non-greasy moisturizer with SPF 15 called Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer that's great for hands too. An inexpensive moisturizer is the way to go so you don't feel bad slathering it on your hands! (About $12 at drugstores)
3. Use hand lotion after you wash your hands ... EVERY TIME. This is something I already do because I am obsessive and I hate the way my hands feel if I don't put lotion on after I wash them. But I just got a press release from the American Academy of Dermatology and they recommend doing just that to beat winter dryness. I am vindicated! I recently discovered Love & Toast Handcreme and I LOVE it! It smells so good and fits easily into my bag. I got mine at Whole Foods, but they have it online too. ($9, drugstore.com)
4. Consider bringing out the big guns. Oprah Magazine recommends a product called LdeL Skincare Cosmetics Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Cream, and I tend to like their product recommendations. Plus, it's only $12! (Ulta.com)
Do you do anything special to take care of your hands?
Image via April Daniels Hussar