Apart from wearing gloves to protect your hands from the elements and stocking up on a trusty organic hand cream, there are other tips you can follow for restoring softness in hands which are just as simple. Below are a few of our favourites.
Exfoliate – Hands are easily overlooked. Don’t forget to exfoliate hands, just as you would with your body – use a micro-bead free natural body scrub like the Therapie Roques O’Niel’s Awaken Skin Rehab Scrub, which makes skin feel and smell amazing.
Treat – Use what’s left on your hands of your usual night serum, cream or oil as a hand treatment. Oils keep the skin nourished, while your targeted brightening serum will help fade sun spots. Multitasking at its best!
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Sun Protection – don’t forget your hands. They are one of the first parts of the body to show their age. We like to use the John Masters Natural Mineral SPF 30 with extracts of green tea, shea butter and jojoba oil which hydrate and moisturise.
Hand Hygiene – When you’re out and about, there are very few SLS-free hand washes in your local cafés and restaurants. Most products you’ll find can be quite harsh on skin, so if you have sensitive skin and react to SLS – carry one of Dr Bronner’s Organic Liquid Soaps around. The handy mini version is ideal for keeping in your bag.
Key Ingredients – Using a good hand cream seems self explanatory but look for key ingredients, as you would with your face cream. Absolution Le Soin des Mains Hand Cream contains Licorice Root Extract: not only anti-inflammatory and redness reducing, but it also inhibits tyrosinase, responsible for brown spots. Meanwhile, having Pai Instant Hand Therapy Cream on stand-by is the saviour for hands that spend lots of time in water.