Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hand Care for those who use their hands!

I'm a gardener!  I hate wearing gardening gloves!  Those two facts combine to make spring one of the hardest times of the year on my hands.  It means I have to wash my hands frequently, often scrubbing to get all of the dirt off!  If you are like me or have another pastime or occupation where frequent hand washing is necessary, you know what soap can do to your hands.  What is best?
     
Use a moisturizing liquid cleanser to wash hands.  I love Hempz Ginger & Amber Moisturizing Herbal Hand Sanitizer.  It's 100% vegan and gluten free, too!  If you prefer bar soap, look for moisturizing soap made with ingredients such as glycerin, petrolatum, sunflower oil, and soybean oil.

One of the best things you can do for your hands, especially as you get older, is to moisturize them throughout the day and before you go to bed. Any cream or lotion will do, but creams made for the hands have some advantages.One of the major ones is that they are usually non-greasy and quick absorbing.  My favorites - I have two - one for day and one for night.  During the day, I love Jane Iredale's HandDrink because it has an SPF 15 as well as being a great moisturizer.  At night - I smear on Robanda's Anti-Aging Hand Treatment because...well let's just say "anti-aging" is now a catch phrase I watch for in all my products.

Moisturizing creams can, at least temporarily, make your hands look plumper and more youthful by drawing water into the skin. Depending on your needs, here's some things to look for when selecting a good one.  

  • For plumping, look for hand creams containing hyaluronic acid, which gives skin support and body.
  • To moisturize the skin of your hands, look for hand creams with petrolatum, glycerin, shea butter, or safflower seed oil. 
  • Be sure to buy hand cream with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your hands from sun damage. 
  • To whiten age spots, look for lightening hand creams containing kojic acid or licorice extract.
I just started Miniature Gardening...created a small village!
I love this new hobby...but that's a story for a different type of blog!

3 comments:

  1. I am a pottery artist and have my hands in clay, which is very drying to the skin because I wash my hands a lot. I moisturize and like the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

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  2. I love to try these tips my hands are so dry

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  3. I too hate to wear gloves. I now that I should especially when cleaning but I never remember.

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