5 Tips on How to Make Your Hands Look Smooth and Healthy
Keep hands smooth and soft straight into spring with our tips from leading Bliss esthetician Yelena Royzen.
As we wind up on the remaining winter weeks, getting hands back to where they were pre-winter’s dryness and redness is a tough task. Luckily, we have lead esthetician of Bliss Spa Soho, Yelena Royzen on hand (no pun intended) for recommendations on how to bring your hands back to hydrated health in five simple steps!
1. Apply nightly
“When you sleep, 80 percent of the skin’s energy is devoted to repair. I recommend wearing a pair of skin softening gloves overnight. The gel lining inside of the gloves works to force feed cream and moisture into your skin that immediately softens hands, leaving them feeling smooth and hydrated, even on the coldest winter days.”
Bliss glamour gloves ($48, blissworld.com).
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
During the winter months, it’s easy to let hands take a backseat to taking care our faces and necks. All that running around in the cold can age your hands fast. Moisturize daily. Look for lotions that have ingredients that help aid to winter recovery. They include olive oil, grapeseed oil, Shea butter, and Vitamin E.
Soap and Glory hand food hand cream ($10, sephora.com).
3. Less scrubbing, more covering
“Avoid over -washing your hands as water removes the skin’s NMF, a naturally occurring bioactive barrier of fatty films that holds in hydration. When you’re outside, your hands should be kept well covered with a good cream always available ‘on hand’!”
L’Occitane Shea butter hand cream ($10, sephora.com).
4. Care for cuticles
Your hands aren’t the only parts of you that can show age early on. Nails and cuticle beds can develop tiny, ragged cracks that can really hurt. Treat yourself to a hand scrub that exfoliates as well as softens hands with consistent use.
Julep facial for hands glycolic hand scrub ($32, julep.com).
5. Seriously dry hands? Consult a physician
Whether you have allergies, hands that ooze pus from cracks, or sensitive hands that continue to stay red, don’t wait to take action. Talk to your doctor about getting a prescription to a specialty hand cream to suit you and the needs of your hands.
Tell us: Do you have any tips or tricks you use to take care of your hands?
Heather Taylor is BettyConfidential’s LA correspondent.