Monday, April 7, 2014

Hands That Won't Tell Tales

                                                                        For every woman who lives life and washes dishes...
We do a lot with our hands - we eat, we cook, we carry, we make music and art, we speak sign language, we write our thoughts, we wear our wedding rings... You get the point.

Thank you, hands!

The problem is that our hands age faster than any other parts of our body! And, since we never give in without a fight, we spend big bucks on manicures and hand creams... But do they really help rejuvenate and protect our hands?

Technically, caring for our hands is not complicated since the damage is caused by two things:
1. Sun exposure which causes wrinkling and brown spots, and
2. Constant use of water and soap which causes a loss of protective oil of our hand skin.

Well, there is one more thing ~ natural aging. The skin on the back of our hands is very thin, and, as we age, we lose the fat padding under the skin what causes the bones and veins to be more visible. Agh, how annoying! But there is a way to fix that too, with a dermatologist's help. A pricy solution.

So, for those who haven't gotten to the point of considering Lasers, Peels and Fillers, here are a few things you need to know to get pampered and young looking hands:

1. Pick the right two sets of hand creams - one for night and one for day.
Day cream MUST have ingredients:
SPF, SPF, SPF! Also Shea Butter,  macadamia nut oil (or olive oil), vitamin E, glycerin ingredients.

Day moisturizer won't reverse sun damage or create new collagen, but it will replenish the moisture lost after a hand wash, and will leave skin looking plumper and more youthful.  SPF will protect skin from cancer and premature aging.

Night cream should include ingredients that promote new collagen formation:
Antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and E, and Retinoid.

These ingredients help to renew skin as they exfoliate the dead skin to replenish it with a new one. And, since our skin regenerates most when we sleep, these ingredients give even better effect at night!

2. Wear gloves every time you wash dishes!
I would say wear gloves all the time, but that would look weird. So, unless it's winter, I would wear SPF instead of gloves.

But washing dishes is different. Yes, you can buy a bunch of latex gloves from Costco for about $7, but I found the cutest latex gloves at Sur La Table for about $15. They come in many different colors. They are thicker and more durable too. And they manage to make the dish washing experience a little more fun... if that's possible.

A few tips to know:
- For better results, apply moisturizers to slightly damp skin (after a shower, or bath, or after washing hands)
- Apply moisturizer a few times a day
- SPF should have UVA UVB and IRA-induced aging protection.
- Don't choose moisturizers by price. They all promise tons of benefits, but the reality is not measured on how expensive they are, but what ingredients they have.

Here are a few day hand creams for you to look into:
Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl Hand Cream SPF 25 $28.00  - this cream has sun protection and intensely hydrating and softening. Health Magazine's winner for Healthiest Hand Cream, as voted on by leading dermatologists.
Clinique Even Better $15.00 for 1oz ~ aside from SPF 15, it works on smoothing the complexion.

Prior to doing this research, my favorite day cream was Philosophy Hands of Hope $10.00 for 1oz. I love the feel and smell. But it does not have SPF in it. So I also apply Clinique SPF 30 Sunscreen  $23.00

Here are a few picks for the night hand creams:
H2O Plus Sea Results Anti-Aging Body Moisture Whip $28.00 ~ this is an anti-aging blend that exfoliates, brightens, and hydrates.

Strivectin Volumizing Hand Treatment $29.00 ~ this cream helps minimize discolorations, hydrates and nourishes skin to help prevent loss of elasticity.

Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Hand and Nail Treatment $25.00  It softens, hydrates, evens skin ton, and helps prevent prevent loss of elasticity.

Hope we are now fully informed and ready to give our hands a new round of pampering they deserve.

xo, Zuma A.
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