When you take pride in the health and appearance of your skin, it shows. There’s an almost indescribable level of confidence knowing your complexion looks and feels healthy and vibrant. Once you’ve tamed your subtle (maybe not so subtle) skin issues, you can bask in the glow of a mission accomplished. Your skin concerns are little more than an unpleasant memory.
Okay, maybe it’s not actually that easy. Skin changes over time and season to season. We all know far too well that today’s minor issues can easily become tomorrow’s full-blown problems. So, while a little dry, rough skin on the back of your hands may not feel like much of a skincare obstacle right now, those seemingly trivial bugaboos can take on an entirely new level of importance once your hands are rough, uncomfortable, or aging prematurely.
But you’ve got this! Even if your hands are looking irritable, worn, or woefully neglected, it’s not too late to alter course. If you’re ready to give your hands the love they deserve, we’ve got the information you need to take your hand care routine to the next level.
Your Hands Need Love Too
It’s not easy to keep your hands looking as youthful and vibrant as you feel. There’s just no way around it. The skin on the back of your hands is much thinner, more delicate, than the skin elsewhere on your body. It’s just as fragile and susceptible to damage as the skin beneath your eyes. Yet your hands still manage to withstand scorching heat, harsh winter winds, and frequent washing.1
Just the simple act of washing your hands with soap and water can take a considerable toll on the way they look and feel. Once you add cleaning products, household chores, and hobbies like painting, gardening, or ceramics into the equation, well, you get the picture. Rough, crepey skin, jagged cuticles, and red, irritable skin are common complaints.
But there’s no need to throw your hands in the air and admit defeat. Instead, consider how the following suggestions could help you turn things around with minimal effort.
Paraffin treatments are a time-tested hydration-boosting therapy. The soothing heat boosts moisture levels while clearing depleted, damaged skin cells from the surface. To perform the treatment at home, you’ll need 4 pounds of paraffin, a cup of mineral oil, a kitchen thermometer, and a double boiler. After melting the wax over low heat, add the mineral oil and pour the mixture into a greased container.
The wax mixture is ready when the temperature cools to 125° F. After massaging your hands with oil, dip your hand into the wax. Let the wax harden and dip again. Repeat until you have about 10 layers of wax. Then slip your hand(s) in a plastic bag and wrap the bag in a towel (or oven mitt). After 15-20 minutes, peel off the wax, remove the wax residue with a soft cloth, and apply a moisturizer. If you’re not comfortable using paraffin (a petroleum product), consider looking for a similar recipe using soy wax, vegetable wax, or beeswax.2.3
Your cuticles perform an essential function, yet many manicurists recommend cutting them so nail polish glides on smoothly. Although cuticle trimming may seem like the most efficient solution at the time, trimming those edges may not be the best idea. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and Mayo Clinic advise against it because of the increased risk of infection.4
Severe cuticle infections can cause the skin around your nail to look red, raw, and inflamed. Eventually, the infection can cause pus-filled blister and nail bed detachment. Instead, stick to gently nudging the tissue back toward the nail bed after soaking your hands in warm water. Better yet, skip the process altogether. Keep your cuticles in tip-top shape, resistant to cracking and splitting, by applying a skin-friendly oil or cuticle balm.
Humectant Serums and Moisturizers
There are three main types of moisturizers, occlusives, emollients, and humectants. Occlusives form a physical barrier over your skin. They’re usually wax, oil, or silicone-based. Emollients help smooth rough surfaces and restore depleted lipid barriers. If the skin on the back of your hands looks thin, shriveled, or crepey, consider investing in humectant serums and moisturizers, the type that hydrate your skin.5
Honey and glycerin are well-known for their humectant (hydrating) properties. But it’s the serums and moisturizers made with hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) that have been getting the most attention. Hyaluronic acid is a moisture-binding skin lubricant, a substance that holds many times its own weight in water. Current research shows remarkable potential for improving moisture retention, restoring skin firmness, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use.6
Establish a Nightly Ritual
Your hands need just as much TLC as your face and neck, yet they’re often neglected. To help ensure your hands look and feel their best years from now, you’ll want to treat them with the respect they deserve by reserving a few minutes of your time to their care — a nightly routine.7
Your hand care routine can be as simple or elaborate as you like and even change with the seasons. Since it takes about 21 days for changes in your routine to become second nature, consider keeping your hand care products on your nightstand. Before turning out the lights, take a few minutes to smooth any rough edges on your nails, condition your cuticles, and apply a protective moisturizer.
Add CBD to Your List of Must-Haves
The best time to apply any moisturizer is while your skin is damp from showering, bathing, and washing. If you’re not applying a moisturizing hand lotion several times a day, the moisture your skin needs to remain hydrated and comfortable is evaporating into the air.
Although it’s easy to understand why hand lotion and protective creams are essential for skin health and appearance, not all hand creams are the same. Like your face, your hands need high-quality skincare products. To get the most benefit from your hand cream, consider investing in a nurturing, protective, plant-powered product enhanced with the many potential skin benefits of hemp-derived CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active plant element shown to interact with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors that balance oil production, calm inflammation, and help your skin retain moisture. Current research also shows that CBD mimics the effects of natural skin lipids, an effect that could help boost hydration and keep your hands looking and feeling smooth, supple, and youthful.8
Are You Ready to Take Your Hand Care Routine to the Next Level?
The time you invest in caring for your hands can make a significant difference in their appearance years from now. To learn more about the many potential skin benefits of CBD, visit BOTA™ hemp to read our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. While you’re there, consider taking a moment to browse our collection of botanical toners, serums, and moisturizers. All BOTA™ skincare products, including our Age-Defying Hand Lotion, are third-party tested, formulated for all skin types, and cruelty-free.
- Harvard Health Publishing. (2011 February 01) What to Do About Dry Skin In Winter.
- Byrdie. S Schell. (2020 June 27) How to Care for Your Hands Like a Model.
- Healthline. C Gillespie. (2019 March 08) Benefits of Paraffin Wax and How to Use It at Home.
- Healthline. J Chertoff. (2019 March 08) What Is a Cuticle and How Can I Safely Care for It?
- Divine Dermatology. (2020 May 16) The Three Types of Moisturizers.
- Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. S Jegasothy et al. (2014 March 07) Efficacy of a New Topical Non-Hyaluronic Acid in Humans.
- WikiHow. (2021 May 06) How to Get Beautiful Hands.
- Molecules. (2019 March) Cannabinoid Signaling in the Skin: Therapeutic Potential of the “C(ut)annabinoid” System.