Get Hot Hands...
With or Without Long Nails
If hand care is not part of your beauty regimen, it should be! Hands are one of the first body parts to show signs of aging and they are on display 24 hours a day – which is all the more reason to take exceptionally great care of them! The good news is that soft, sexy hands are not as hard to come by as you may think – even if you don’t have long fingernails. A little TLC goes a long way. Don’t believe? Try these tips:
You slough off the dead skin on your face, décolletage and even your feet – why not your hands? Take whatever extra scrub you’ve got left after a deep facial cleansing and rub it on your hands to lighten/lessen dark spots and keep skin soft and smooth.
Show your cuticles some love!
One of the keys to strong nails lies in a healthy nail bed. By pushing your cuticles back and oiling them (being sure to get under the cuticle itself… just not too far), you’ll give even the most delicate nails a fighting chance. You’ll also improve the overall appearance of your hands! Trim those hangnails, ladies… as long as you’re careful while doing it!
Don’t be afraid of polish!
Short or long, a clear coat of polish (or non-toxic color) will not only help strengthen your nails, it’ll give you a put together look. If regular manicures are out of the question and you’re not super-skilled with DIY painting, try decals. Short nailed girls, take note: some of the trendiest ones are actually designed for you!
And finally, amp up the moisture!
The importance of replenishing moisture cannot be overstated – especially on thin skin! To help you remember to replenish your hands any time you wash them (or the dishes!), keep a bottle of your favorite moisturizer by your sink. While you’re at it, throw a bottle in your purse. A little dab a few times a day, especially during the colder months, will help your hands stay soft and youthful. Just be sure to keep it on the backs of your hands – this way, your fingertips and palms aren’t greasy when you touch your steering wheel, smartphone, computer keyboard, etc.
For an extra boost, try slathering your hands in salve at night before bed and wearing cotton gloves to sleep. It’ll have the same effect of a paraffin dip and done regularly, will last longer!