THEY DO ALL THE HARD WORK. NOW FIND OUT HOW TO THANK THEM…
Dedicate a story solely to hands to make sure yours get some much-needed T.L.C...
In the grand scheme of our beauty routines, it’s easy to forget our hands. Yet think how much they do for us in a single day. From cleansing our face in the morning to being crunched over a keyboard while we work. Then there’s the frequent hand-washing, the dish-washing, and the cold weather to contend with. Exposed and vulnerable, the skin on our hands is one hard-working body part.
1. Hydration, hydration, hydration:
Let’s start with the most obvious: those hard-working hands can easily become dry. So try gently warming some #Frangipani Monoi Body Oil and soaking dry cuticles in it for 15 minutes to soften and hydrate. Then keep our #British Botanical #Hand & #Nail Butter about your person at all times. It just so happens to make for a pretty, sweet-smelling present for Mother’s Day as well.
2. Build a routine:
Few of us would expect to satisfy all our complexion’s needs with a single product all year around – so why do we treat our hands so differently? In addition to simple moisturising, try exfoliating once a week with our Gentle Rose Exfoliator or cleansing with White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser. The unique #ELEMIS Brightening Complex of Daisy, encapsulated Vitamin C, Sophora and Kiwi extracts, targets the appearance of skin discolouration and age spots. Skin is left smoother, brighter and naturally illuminated. Don’t forget to always apply a sunscreen such as our Liquid Layer SPF 30 because hands are one of the first parts of the body to exhibit premature ageing with sun damage being a major culprit.
3. Eat right:
Nails are essentially made of protein, so it makes sense that eating more protein helps nourish and strengthen them from the inside out. Think lean chicken, salmon, Greek yogurt, eggs, quinoa – you need a little at every mealtime.
4. Do some hand yoga:
We know that we need to stretch our bodies – all the more so if we sit slumped at a desk for most of the day. Yet how many of us think about our poor hands – crunched over a keyboard or constantly thumb-tapping at our phones? Repetitive movements or positions can affect hand mobility over time – so ease out your wrists, stretch out your fingers and open and clench your first every few hours to help release all that tension.
5. Add some colour – but just a hint:
Skip the reds, pinks or berries for a moment. If you want to make your hands look perfectly polished, the trick is to pick a nail varnish shade that almost matches your skin tone. Much like applying a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream to your face, it has the overall effect of making the surrounding skin look healthier and creates the illusion of having long, elegant fingers.