Think about it, our hands go through so much but it's rare we stop and give them a little bit of love. It’s important to also remember, the hands are one of the first areas of the body to show your age, yet it's all too easy to overlook them. Let's stop and be mindful of all the great things that they do for us and set up a little self care routine to thank them!
- 1. Hand wash
Handwashing is one of the most important parts of both your skincare and self care routine. Not only will regular hand washing prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, but it will also stop irritation of the skin on your hands by removing dirt and grime that can build up from exposure to your external environment. Regular hand washing with warm soapy water is the most effective way of removing the reminisce of the outside world. Be sure to never use water that is too hot, as this can also dry out the delicate skin. Top tip: Cleaning your hands for 20 seconds is recommended along with an antibacterial or mild hand soap to ensure your hands are squeaky clean. Follow on by patting your hands dry with a soft towel to prevent tugging of the skin.
- 2. Sugar scrub
Similarly to the skin on your face and body, your hands can benefit from regular exfoliation. Consider it a sweet treat weekly or twice weekly for your hands. Like the name suggests, a sugar scrub is typically formulated with sugar granules, which help physically exfoliate and remove the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the hands, leaving behind a radiant and brighter skin complexion.
All you need is ½ cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 5 drops of your favourite essential oil.
Then you mix together in a jar until there is an almost paste-like texture. Scoop out onto the palm of your hands and gently start massaging in for 2-5 minutes. Remove by running warm water over your hands to remove the excess granules.
- 3. Soak
Looking for the perfect excuse to take 15 minutes and indulge in your mid week self care routine? Soaking your hands in warm water may be just the TLC you are looking for. Not only can it help reduce inflammatory pain, improve blood circulation, and help improve related psychological issues like stress, and sleep problems. It also has the added benefits of softening the skin texture on the hands which often becomes dry and cracked due their exposure to the external environment. Changing weather conditions and environmental factors can affect the level of moisture in the skin and make your hands dry and age faster. A regular hand soak in hot water allows the skin to rejuvenate itself and provides much needed R&R.
- 4. Hand Stretches
Our hands do so much for us from the moment we wake up to hit our snooze button in the morning, to the moment we place our hands under the covers at night as we doze off. Soft and supple hands are great, but so are strong and flexible hands that are free from painful movement. Incorporating hand stretches and strengthening exercises into your self care routine will ensure they are kept strong so they can withstand stress and strain from repetitive daily tasks overtime.
An easy and simple hand stretch, you can start practicing straight away, is the praying position stretch.
-To begin, start by placing your palms together in a praying position. You can try this standing or sitting down, whatever is comfortable for you.
-Next, bring your elbows together so they touch each other. Your hands should be in front of your face. Your arms should be touching each other from the tips of your fingers to your elbows.
-With your palms pressed together, slowly spread your elbows apart. Do this while lowering your hands to waist height. Stop when your hands are in front of your belly button or you feel the stretch.
-Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, then repeat.
-Extend one arm in front of you at shoulder height.
-Keep your palm down, facing the floor.
-Release your wrist so that your fingers point downward.
-With your free hand, gently grasp your finger and pull them back toward your body.
-Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
See here for more guidance on hand and wrist stretches from Health Line
- 5. Massage yourself
A massage therapist is not always necessary when you can reap the benefits of a self massage. Massaging yourself involves using your own hands to manipulate muscles. The self kneading technique works when you apply pressure across certain areas of your body. We included massaging yourself as part of this easy self care routine, because it not only helps relax the physical body, but it can also help relieve stress. Take 20 minutes out of your busy weekly schedule and indulge in a self massage. It not only helps you to refocus your racing mind but it relieves any tension that may be slowly building up in your muscles.
- 6. Hand Cream
Regular moisturizing allows the skin to retain its natural supple texture. It's important to apply hand cream throughout the day and before going to bed. For those of you with extra dry hands, it’s recommended to moisturize after each time you wash your hands.
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