Your hands are the very first part of your body that shows your age. And that can be a beautiful thing: scars, wrinkles, and spots all show us the work our hands have accomplished over the years. However, it’s important to keep your hands feeling soft, youthful, and beautiful as you age, and classic starlets like Rita Hayworth were reportedly obsessed with keeping their hands moisturized and well-maintained at all times. Take some tips from vintage glamor girls to keep your hands looking beautiful long into your years.
Use Gentle Soap
While it’s important to keep your hands clean, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and harsh, non-moisturizing hand soaps can contribute to dry, cracked hands. Try soaps with shea butter and glycerin to keep your hands from cracking, and look for hand sanitizers that are alcohol-free.
You use SPF on your face because the skin is delicate and prone to aging: the same goes for your hands. There’s no need to slather your hands in sunscreen, though: simply dab the leftovers of your facial sunscreen onto the backs of your hands to keep them from developing sun spots and premature wrinkles.
Protect Your Hands When Cleaning
We use super harsh chemicals in most of our household cleaning products. Can you imagine putting Lysol on your face for even a minute? Ouch! Protect your hands from bleach, astringents, and other irritants with gloves when you clean–and that includes doing the dishes. This will save them from exposure to aging chemicals and harsh solvents.
If you truly want to emulate those vintage stars mentioned earlier, invest in some cute gloves: lacy, sheer gloves are making a comeback this year on the runway, so now’s the best time to pick some up. If you want to go full Marilyn Monroe, try some silk gloves out for size. And, of course, when the weather gets cold, definitely grab some high-quality leather gloves to keep your hands from becoming dehydrated and chilly.
The Holy Trinity: Cleanse, Exfoliate, and Moisturize
The same basic principles for facial skincare apply to your hands as well: at the end of the day, make sure to get your hands nice and clean, and exfoliate with a sugar-based scrub that’s not too harsh. This daily exfoliation will encourage new skin cell growth while sloughing away dull, dead skin, and allow your moisturizer to penetrate deeper. After you’ve exfoliated, moisturize with a heavy lotion: look for ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, glycerin, lanolin, and ceramide, as these are some of the best moisturizers for dry skin.
Here’s a hint: you don’t have to spend tons of money on your moisturizer; there are some great options at the drugstore with those ingredients. To give your hands an extra treat, put some gloves on after you moisturize and wear them to bed, which will help protect your hands from your bedsheets and make sure they receive all the benefits of the moisturizer.
What do you think: did we miss any of your personal favorite tips for keeping hands as young and beautiful as classic starlets’?