When you hear about wrinkles and skin aging, your first thoughts are about face and neck. But the earliest #signs of aging will show on your hands.
Often neglected, hands need to be regularly taken care of. Frequent contacts with water and chemicals, sun, cold weather, gardening - all put your skin under a big stress. While hands do not have many oil glands, they will give away your age earlier than your pampered #face.
In the meantime, it has been noticed that after making eye contact, the next thing #people pay attention to is your hands.
What can you do to keep your hands #beautiful?
Here are a few suggestions for your next hand spa:
Herbal hand bath
Bring 1 qt of water to boil and pour over 1 tbsp of herbs (you can use all of these or just one: chamomile, nettle, sage, coltsfoot, calendula). Let the infusion cool to 100-110F and soak your hands in it for about 15-20 minutes. Dry your hands thoroughly and apply a rich moisturizer.
You can make your own nourishing hand cream.
Thoroughly mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 3 tbsp of unsalted butter. Add 1 tbsp of strong herbal infusion. This will make a very rich cream. It will take a while to absorb, but leave your hands silky and smooth.
For dry skin use this hand treatment 1-2 times a week:
1 tbsp Glycerin
1 Egg yolk
2 tbsp vegetable oil (olive, #almond, or another oil of your choice)
Lemon Juice of 1 lemon
3 1/2 - 4 oz of an herbal infusion (for example: chamomile, calendula, elderflower) or rose water.
Mashed potatoes (with milk) will make a great hand mask.
When cooking with eggs, don't throw the eggshells away. Scrape out the remaining egg white and spread it over your hands.
Rubbing your skin with a piece of lemon will give the skin a more even tone.
After washing dishes or dealing with other alkali detergents, rinse your hands with sour milk or with vinegar-in-water solution (1 tbsp. vinegar per 2qt of water). This will help to restore pH balance of the skin.
Keep your hands warm. Not only for the sake of better #skin, but for your overall health.
Flue and colds often start with cold hands.