A lot of women don’t start thinking about hand care until they notice their hands don’t look like they used to. Their skin dries out easier and loses its firmness. But if you start while you’re younger, it’s possible to delay premature aging of the hands.
In today’s article, we’ll provide natural tips to help you keep your hands young every day.
Nourish your hands on a daily basis
Hands can become dry for many reasons:
- Sun exposure
- Lack of good nutrition
- Heavy use of conventional cleaning and body care products
Most women begin to experience the effects of the above factors as they get older, but it’s important to start as early as possible to keep your hands young, hydrated and healthy, just like you would do with the rest of the skin on your body.
If you’re looking for a particular moisturizer for dry hands, we recommend choosing one that’s as natural as possible, made with highly nutritious ingredients like:
- Rosehip oil
- Almond oil
- Olive oil
- Aloe vera
- Shea butter
- Argan oil
You can even use these products as a lotion by themselves. It will probably be even less expensive, and also 100% natural.
Exfoliate on a regular basis
One of the signs that your hands are aging is when you begin to increasingly notice rough skin and texture. The first step to avoiding unsightly hands is to exfoliate them and remove the dead skin cells that are accumulating on the surface, creating that unpleasant rough feeling.
You can use a variety of natural products to exfoliate your skin. This helps avoid the negative effects of stronger commercial products.
On your hands, you can use a little sugar or salt. If your hands are very dry, try mixing them with a little olive oil first.
Massage the hands gently, just as if you were washing them, and then rinse with warm or cool water.
Be sure to exfoliate your hands twice a week.
Do you have cold hands?
Cold hands are a sign of poor circulation in the extremities. Generally people who have cold hands also experience cold feet.
It’s important to address this problem and allow the blood to flow normally, and to also be sure you’re getting the proper nutrition your body needs for healthy circulation.
A few ideas for treating cold hands are the following:
- Massage them with oil from ginger root or another essential oil to generate heat
- Eat moderate amounts of spices like cayenne, ginger, etc.
- Alternate soaking your hands in cold and hot water
- Wear gloves made of wool or other natural fabrics if you need to
- Drink ginkgo biloba herbal tea from time to time, as it improves circulation in the extremities
Take care of your nails
Don’t forget that your fingernails can completely change the look of your hands. To keep your nails looking beautiful, get regular manicures and make sure you’re keeping a healthy diet.
Any marks or discolorations that appear on your nails could indicate a lack of proper nutrition. The most common signs are white spots or perpendicular lines, or when the nails break easily.
Don’t forget to base your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, healthy oils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
Watch out for osteoarthritis
Another major health problem that can affect the hands is osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that can greatly deform the hands and fingers.
If you have a family history of osteoarthritis or you begin to notice the early symptoms, wash your hands with a clay soap and leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes, until it dries.
Don’t forget that there are medicinal supplements that can help delay the onset of this disease, but always take them with the advice of your doctor:
- Essential fatty acids
- Shark cartilage
- Vitamin C
Sweating excessively can also damage the appearance of your hands. Also, bear in mind that it could indicate a problem with your nervous system.
To treat this naturally, you can use Lycopodium spores, also known as the sulfur plant. You can buy this remedy at a natural store, and apply it to your hands just like you would with talcum powder.