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Itchy dry skin got you down? Here are my 5 Tips for Younger Looking Hands.
When I was younger, I’d always heard that your hands were one of the first places that your age would show.
I didn’t think much of it at the time. In fact, I can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time ever thinking about my hands.
When I look at them, I see hands that held three tiny babies, rubbed little backs as they fell asleep, changed diapers and put band-aids on knees. These hands are the ones Skye reaches for and with trusting eyes says, “hold my hand, mom.”
The hands that have made meals, tested thousands of recipes and paid the bills through blogging and cookbooks.
So while my hands may not be something I think about a lot, neglecting them isn’t an option.
Lately, my hands could best be described as angry.
Countless hours in the kitchen, washing dishes and cooking have finally taken a toll. And though my hands will always get a workout, it is time to fight back against the red itchy mess they have become.
Here is what I’m doing!
5 Steps to Younger Looking Hands
One of the first steps for younger looking hands is exfoliation. Most of us remember this with our face, but not-so-much with our hands. Getting rid of dead skin paves the way for hand creams to do their job. There are many ways you can do this, but I love this simple DIY Exfoliating Mask.
DIY Exfoliating Hand Mask
1 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
1 teaspoon honey
Mix the ingredients together. Apply to the hands, scrub in a circular motion for 1 minute. Leave on for another 3 minutes. Rinse, and follow with hand cream.
2. Excipial Daily Protection Hand Cream
I adore Excipial Daily Protection Hand Cream. It is part of a two-step regimen that has been shown to significantly reduce dryness and irritation to the skin.
I have had a hard time finding a daytime hand cream that would work for me since I’m handling food all the time. So many lotions have fragrances and other chemicals that can contaminate food. I love that this formula is safe for healthcare workers (or in this case, Dr. MOM) and for those who work with food. This makes it easy to use throughout the day. Using creams throughout the day is so important for overworked hands.
Excipial Daily Protection Hand Cream was developed by dermatologists and creates a protective shield that works to prevent dishpan hands while also soothing itchy skin and moisturizing dry skin. Whether you are a food blogger, chef, or hairdresser, this cream is perfect for helping hardworking hands protect against external irritation.
So many daytime lotions are oily, and I love that this is a non-oily formula. I can apply it and go about my day. It is free of fragrance, colorants, and preservatives. My hands felt less angry from the first time I used it and I look forward to continued results.
3. Rapid Repair Hand Cream
Rapid Repair Hand Cream is Daily Protection Hand Cream’s nighttime partner and the second part of the 2-step regimen. I had never thought of using a hand cream specially formulated for nighttime, but I use a night cream on my face, so using a nighttime formula on my hands makes sense!
The Rapid Repair Hand Cream is just what my overworked hands need. This rich cream strengthens the skin’s natural barrier and is packed with skin conditioners that work to relieve parched skin and soothe itching. (It is so hard to sleep well when my hands are itching from a long day of work in the kitchen.) Although it is intensely moisturizing, it absorbs quickly. I love how it soothes my skin.
Like the Daily Protection Hand Cream, it is also safe for healthcare workers and those who work with food.
4. Protect Your Hands From Sun
For those of us with overworked hands, wearing sunscreen when outdoors is of particular importance as sun exposure can exacerbate redness and irritation.
Since UVB rays burn your skin and UVA rays destroy collagen and contribute to aging, you need protection from both.
Want to take your UV protection to the next level? Try sipping green tea. In a study in The Journal of Nutrition, women who sipped green tea for three months experienced 25% less damage when exposed to UV rays. Its catechins can help to soothe inflammation.
5. Eat Clean
You probably already know this, but paying attention to your diet is one of the best ways you can protect your skin. The first step is to clear your kitchen of the bad stuff. Once you’ve done this, hit your farmer’s market and load up on fruits and vegetables. Whether you enjoy them in big salads, smoothies or juice doesn’t matter – just make sure you are getting a minimum of five servings a day.
Also, consider adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. They help the skin retain moisture, helping it to stay soft and supple. I recently started taking a daily supplement, but you can also add Omega-3’s to your diet through foods like wild salmon.
Another supplement to consider is astaxanthin. A study published in Acta Biochemical Polonica showed that both men and women experienced improvement in skin elasticity after taking 6 milligrams daily of astaxanthin. (Bonus: It is also said to help protect the skin from sun damage.)
Want Exceptional Skin?
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