Makeover Monday: Raise Your Hands

One of the downsides of losing a significant amount of weight is that I have a few more wrinkles and saggier (is that a word?) skin than the average 50-year old woman. I complain about it, but it’s a small price to pay for having healthier innards.

My hands, especially, have been bugging me lately. They look really old. Besides the loose skin, I have that bulging vein thing happening. It’s not pretty.

My solution? To pay a lot more attention to my poor neglected hands from now on. It doesn’t take much time, and they’ll appreciate it so much. Think you hands would like some TLC? Read on…

5 Easy-schmeasy Tips for Pampering Your Hands

Moisturize regularly. While it won’t undo sun damage or generate any miraculous new collagen, moisturizing can leave skin looking more youthful. Key ingredients to look for in a hand lotion or cream are Vitamin E, glycerin, shea butter, olive oil, and macadamia nut oil. This is the easiest tip to follow, and it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. Some of the products I have tried and liked (prices from Walgreen’s):

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand ($4.99 for the 2.7 oz size)
Keri Long-lasting Hand Cream ($4.99 for the 4.0 oz size)
Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream ($4.99 for 3.5 oz size)

I haven’t tried Time on Your Hands by Philosophy yet, but I plan to purchase it as a reward someday soon. It’s a leetle expensive, especially when one considers the dozen or so tubes, jars, and bottles of skin care products I already own.

There are pricier hand cream options, for sure, but I’m not sure spending more on hand cream than I do on groceries for a week is a wise move.:)

Exfoliate your hands. Many of us already do that as part of our facial care regimen, but we don’t think to exfoliate our hands. (Or is that just me?) Once or twice a week, is sufficient.

Gloves: Condoms for the hands. Our hands need to be protected from heat and cold. Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes or cleaning. Hot water isn’t good for the thin skin of the hands (neither are the chemicals.) Cold weather is also hell on our hands, so invest in a good pair of warm, winter gloves. Don’t lose them. (Oh, that was a note to myself.)

Take care of those cuticles! My favorite, favorite, favorite product is the Sephora Cuticle Care Pen. With this, you just paint on your cuticle cream every day! Is that easy, or what?! My manicurist even notices the difference in my hands with this one.

Block the sun. I always forget to put sunscreen on the backs of my hands. And it shows. :( So let that be a lesson to you!

Following these simple tips should result in younger looking hands. But let’s not get carried away . (Which reminds me of this episode of Seinfeld, of course.)

And that’s all I have. If you have any favorite hand-care tips, sing out!! I love learning about new products!

I hope you all have a marvelous Monday and a great week!

On a personal note, my grandmother had her gall bladder removed on Saturday. She is resting well but still not feeling too perky. We’re hopeful she can leave the hospital within a couple of days. Thank you for your continued good wishes!