Skin Love

Let’s Get Handsy

Love, a question for you here…when is the last time you pampered and said thank you to your hands? I know, its ok…we can change that today! With a few steps, your hands can be shown some love, care, and appreciation for all that they do and touch!

Did you know that the skin on your hands is thicker than on any other part of your body? It’s thicker because your hands are used in so many ways daily that require that added layer of protection by way of the skin. Those daily tasks can stress and strain your hands, which is why it is so important to show them some love and appreciation in all that they do.

Exfoliate

One of the simplest and rewarding ways to show your hands some love is…EXFOLIATION! Exfoliation helps stimulate the blood flow, removes dead skin buildup, and gives you the opportunity to get some self love time in with yourself. I recommend that this simple process be done at least once a week making sure you follow up with a hydrating body or hand cream making sure to massage it into all areas of the hands making sure not to forget the nail area, so don’t forget those cuticles.

Hydrate

Moisturizing your hands is a crucial act needed for optimal hand health. That why it is important to add back in the hydration that it looses through those many daily tasks that we do every second of the day. Our hands can dry out quickly because of the amount of motion and action that they are engaged in. This action requires an added level of care and attention. For myself, after I wash my hands I make sure that I am using a hydrating hand cream and massage it into my hands, which also helps with circulation a bit. I also use a body butter on my hands at night before I go to bed for an added boost of repair and hydration while I sleep.

What Ya Need

There is no need spend a lot of money on a scrub if you have the following ingredients in your kitchen. Sugar in the raw, the only reason that I keep it in stock is for body care treatments, and coconut oil, is always on hand because it does so much in and out of the kitchen. Added bonus ingredients is cinnamon, lemon juice, or essential oils of choice.

1/4 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

Hydrating Hand Lotion or Body Butter

Select One Option Below:

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Lemon Zested and Juiced

10-20 drops Essential

What Ya Do

  • Mix all ingredients together in a glass container, and store in a glass jar with a lid.
  • Allow to set up in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Once setup using a table spoon, spoon out a spoon full into the palm of your hand.
  • Using your hands massage the scrub gently over all areas of your hands. I suggest doing this over a sink so it catches any fall out.
  • Do this motion for about a minute, being sure that you are gentle in pressure.
  • Rinse off using cool water.
  • Apply hand lotion or body butter to your hands massaging the lotion into your hands.

While doing the massaging motions I like to say thank you to my hands for all that they do, and how much I appreciate them for that. Mindful appreciation is important to do, honoring the amazing parts of our body that carry us around each and every day.

Exercise

Another important hand care is to stretch them out, to release some of the tension and heal some of the abuse caused through out daily lives. As an esthetician, I use my hands as part of my practice so I have a routine that I go through to release and relax my hands from the daily use that I can put them through. It is imperative that I do my hand exercises as they are my main tools. A useful guide that I found is something that any everyone should be doing daily, if not several times a day. This article is geared towards those with arthritis, but I say anyone with hands can benefit from these exercises. Check out the eight hand exercises here–>Take Me To Article.

Hands are one of the top neglected parts of the body, that fall into skin care category. I care deeply about hand health and know the importance of care and treatment, through my own daily practice needs. We use them every second of the day on some capacity. It is up to us to be sure that we are taking care of them and showing them much needed love!

Much Love, Nic

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