With summer coming to an end, we’re saying goodbye to hot, sunny days and looking forward to cooler months. Cold weather can tend to wick moisture out of the skin and for that reason it is important to include products that work to keep skin soft and moisturized. Many of us will take extra precautions to make sure we apply the best serum or night cream to our face and neck to avoid dryness and premature aging. But, there is an often forgotten body part that needs extra care, especially when temperatures begin to drop—your hands.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, our hands are the tellers of our age. Like any part of your face and body, hands age over time developing fine lines and wrinkles and excessive dryness can lead to premature aging. For many of us, our hands are our main tools for maneuvering through the world we live in which causes additional wear and tear. Keeping them thoroughly and consistently moisturized can help improve the look and feel of your hands.
We put together a short list of things to share with you that you can do to make sure your hands stay youthful and soft not only in the months to come, but all year round:
1. Use gentle soaps and cleansers to wash your hands
Now more than ever, it's especially important to keep hands sanitized and moisturized. According to Bustle, gentle soaps are the way to go when cleansing your hands since they contain less drying agents. Harsh soaps can strip your skin of natural oils, leaving them more prone to drying, itching and even cracking. To avoid this, find a soap that’s unscented and hypoallergenic. Also, be sure to wash your hands with lukewarm water. Hot water can feel great on cold hands, but it also pulls natural oils away from the skin.
2. Exfoliate your hands a few times per week
Avoiding dehydrated hands is no easy task since they are very much exposed to the elements and are usually part of everything we do. This is why exfoliating is a key step in keeping them soft. Exfoliation sloughs off dirt and dead skin cells revealing the new, soft layer of skin underneath. For the best results, use a gentle exfoliator to scrub your hands in lukewarm water two or three times per week. You can even find a chemical exfoliator, one that contains retinol or another Vitamin A derivative, to avoid the need to scrub altogether.
3. Treat your hands daily with topical vitamins
Treatments and other topical creams are important for locking in moisture. Since many of us are constantly using and washing our hands, replenishing the natural oils and vitamins to the skin on our hands is vital to making sure the skin remains healthy. Good Housekeeping suggests that high-grade antioxidants like Vitamin C and E should be applied to the backs of your hands daily and a matrix stimulator, such as Vitamin A or retinol, should be applied in the evenings.
At Avya, we’ve incorporated Citrus Stem Cell Technology into our Nourishing Hand Treatment to bring you a nutrient-rich treatment that helps prevent and diminish signs of aging and leaves hands hydrated. To learn more about the benefits of our citrus in skincare, click here. *insert Citrus post link*
4. Wear a good pair of gloves
Whether you’re washing dishes, doing yard work, or simply walking outside in the cold, a set of gloves can protect your hands from the elements. Try to get used to wearing gloves when you know your hands will be exposed to the harshness of cleaning chemicals or cold temperatures that can leave hands feeling dry.
It’s also a great idea to incorporate a hand treatment using gloves a few times per week in the colder months to really lock in moisture and prevent premature aging that can result from dry skin and colder temperatures. To do this, apply a cream such as our Nourishing Hand Treatment to your hands and cover with gloves. Leave this on for 30-minutes or longer depending on your personal preference.
You can also find Refinery29’s list of the best moisturizing gloves here.