Let’s explore a way to be resourceful and take care of something that is often overlooked — your hands. Whether you type at a computer all day, work in a kitchen or at a hospital, chances are your hands take a lot of abuse throughout the day. We show so much love to the rest of our body when it comes to skin care, especially the face and neck. It’s important to remember your hands, too. Ever exposed to weather conditions, sunlight, constant washing (perhaps with soap that’s too harsh), and everyday wear and tear, neglecting to treat your hands well and protect them will result in rough looking, sun-spotted skin earlier than you may like.
Fortunately, if you’re taking care of your face and body with moisturizing, protective, and regenerative products then extending the benefits of your routine to your hands just requires a bit of conscientiousness. In fact, you may be wasting precious product without even realizing it instead of maximizing what comes out of each bottle. Here are three ideas to get the most out of your clean beauty products and give love to your hard-working hands.
1. Massage excess facial serums and moisturizers into the back of your hands. This is especially beneficial if the serum is a regenerative treatment that contains brightening, exfoliating, or hydration-boosting ingredients. Overtime, the treatment will have the same effect on your hands as it does on your face.
2. Rub excess lip or face balm into your cuticles and knuckles. The thicker more emollient balms often used for lip care or dry skin types are perfect for softening cuticles and healing chapped dry skin around the knuckles and between fingers.
3. Protect hands from sun damage by applying excess sunscreen to them everyday. Our hands are much more exposed to sunlight than other parts of our body, but we don’t often think to protect them the same way we do our face. Hopefully you are applying SPF everyday, so make sure to pump a little extra out for your hands, too.
We often forget to treat our hands with the same care as we treat our face, so eventually hands can show signs of aging more quickly than the face. Remember — if you can use it on your face, you can use it on your hands. Considering that we often spend the most time and money on facial care, don’t let a single drop of those precious serums, balms, and sunscreens go to waste.