More than almost any other part of
our bodies, our hands give a glaring reflection of the hard work we do
each day. We generally work to pamper our faces while our hands are
often neglected. Proof of this lies at “Guess Your Age” booths at local
fairs. Professional “age guessers” look over your neck, face and eyes as
they work to determine our approximate age, and they always, always
grab your hands.
Our hands, often without the gentle daily care we work so hard to give
our faces, take the brunt of the punishment of our hardworking days.
There are ways, however, to undo the damage that time, hard work and
sunshine do to your hands.
1. Help for Wrinkling Skin
Collagen works in our body to keep our skin firm and moist,
but sunlight and wind can deplete the hands of collagen, leaving the
skin looking thin and wrinkly. Natural ingredients such as organic
virgin coconut oil and shea butter can restore new life to time-worn
2. Help for Dry Hands
Hands that don’t carry enough moisture often look older than
they are. In order to replenish the moisture that our hardworking hands
so desperately need, try adding these two simple steps to your beauty
- Drink more water to moisturize your hands from the inside out.
- Do a once or twice weekly homemade hand scrub that will remove dry,
dead skin cells and replenish your hands with much needed moisture. Read
below for one of my favorite moisturizing hand scrub recipes.
All-Natural Moisturizing Hand Scrub Recipe
- 1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic granulated sugar or children’s play sand
Mix the two ingredients, and rub thoroughly into your hands for several
minutes. Rinse your hands under warm water, add a pump of all-natural
hand soap, lather fully and rinse well. Pat dry with a clean towel.
Using an all-natural, moisturizing hand scrub at least once a week will
help keep your hands looking younger and also help keep wind and water
damage at bay.
3. Help for Sunspots
Brown sunspots on hands that come as a result of excessive UV
ray sun exposure can make hands look older. To prevent new sunspots,
use a safe zinc-based sunscreen or a homemade one.
To repair damage caused by existing sunspots and minimize their
appearance, try mixing ½ teaspoon of organic raw unfiltered apple cider
vinegar and ½ teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, applying the
mixture to your hands with a cotton ball each evening. Leave on
overnight for best results, diluting with water before applying if you
have extra-sensitive skin. The naturally-occurring alpha-hydroxyl acids
in the ingredients will help lighten sunspots and give your skin a
healthy glow, while at the same time helping to naturally rebuild lost
4. Help for Prominent Veins
Prominent veins also have the ability to make hands look
older than they truly are. By following the remedies mentioned above to
improve moisture, skin elasticity and overall hand health, protruding
veins will automatically diminish in appearance.
By taking special care of your hands via following the above
recommendations, and by minimizing water contact with dish-washing
gloves and work damage by wearing work gloves, you can have younger
looking hands that will look and feel healthy for years to come.