How to care for your hands as if they’re your face

My hands aren’t the best looking but I do try my best to care for them as best as I can. I might sometimes slather expensive serums and potions on them when I have excess but most of the time, I just rely on simple treats. In addition, like my face, I avoid using products containing harsh ingredients on my hands. These include SLS and alcohol.

Today, I’ll give you a quick pictorial run through on how I normally care for my hands. I think because of the love I’ve given them, the skin don’t look too bad but my hands still look ugly as a whole because they are not meaty and the green veins are very prominent.

Wearing gloves
I wear a pair of rubber gloves whenever I wash my clothes and I use disposable gloves when I do the dishes. I know, disposable gloves aren’t eco-friendly but I’ve found them easier to grip the wet bowls and plates. What I do try is to recycle the gloves for a few days whenever I can.

Scrub and polish
Like our face, our hands can do with once-a-week exfoliation. So when I scrub my face or body, I usually would scrub the back of my hands too. This helps treatment products penetrate quicker and also, the skin look a tone better with the surface cells buffed off. I have a DIY hand scrub recipe using just brown sugar and honey for anyone interested.

Moisture with hand creams
I have several tubes and tubs of hand creams lying around and I always carry one in my bag. They help to keep my hands from drying out and I’ll always slather on a richer one before I sleep.  My favorite is actually L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream for that night time treat.

Shield from sun damage
I always use some sort of sun protection on my arms but I don’t always remember to slather them on the back of my hands. Or, because of the frequent hand washing, the sunscreen gets washed off too.

Nourish with oil or mask
I used to use a mask on my hand but since I ran out of it, I’ve resorted to a DIY hand treatment using just normal cooking olive oil. It’s easy; just rub on the olive oil and put on a pair of disposable gloves. I also sometimes use milk and maybe banana and double them up as a hand mask.

Cuticle treatment
I always use an oil or some sort of balm to keep my dry and ragged cuticles looking more presentable. By using these long term, I’ve also kept hangnails to a minimum.

Alcohol free hand products
Finally, although I always carry a hand sanitizer in my bag, I hardly use it. I rely on washing my hands. But I always use one that is alcohol free and even when it comes to washing my hands, I use SLS-free hand washes or simply use my body washes. If I am outside, I try not to use detergent unless absolutely necessary.

Eat omega-3 rich food 
I must also add that your diet is important as what you eat can show up on your skin, including your hands and nails. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna are great skin and nail food because they contain omega-3 fatty acids.  Or alternatively, a fish oil supplement can do wonders too. I take the Kordel’s fish oil pretty regularly and I believe it has helped the skin on my hands too.

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  1. Mimi says:

    Great tips! I always put hand cream on at night too and even daytime! I always forget to scrub the back of my hand. I think I need to care for my hand more just like my face!
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  2. Soos says:

    I do all the things you’ve mentioned except for using a cuticle oil. Instead, I use an emery board on any hangnails when I do my nails, and even in between. I have a hand cream with spf, but it’s too big to fit in my handbag. Except for the T-zone on my face, I have really dry skin everywhere, and especially my hands. I try to use an anti-bac lotion instead of gel – seems to be less drying.
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  3. sesame says:

    Yup, seems that those gel type of sanitizers are more drying. I have one of those and I don’t like the feel at all.

  4. sesame says:

    Yes, it’s good to care for our hands so that they don’t give away our age. I wish I’ve started these earlier.

  5. Vonvon says:

    I love the olive oil hand treatment. It was introduced to me by hubby, and I use olive oil for my hair and body too.
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  6. sesame says:

    It’s very effective isn’t it? Cheap and good!

  7. Chris says:

    I was just thinking the other day about how I hardly ever use hand cream unless my hands are very dry. I think because I have nice hands I take them for granted and don’t look after them as well as I should. I’m so glad you posted this. It reminds us that our hands need TLC as well.

  8. sesame says:

    You’re fortunate to have nice hands…maintain them well. ?

  9. Amanda says:

    My hands also look ugly, not because they are much wrinkled, but because they are bony and veined. But I make that up by using olive oil as a hand moisturizer. So, all in all, they still look fine, as long as the veins don’t show as frequently.
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  10. sesame says:

    I think mine aren’t far from yours. I wish my hands are fatter or ‘meatier’.

  11. Audris says:

    I’ve started taking fish oil supplements the last few months and they’ve made my nails naturally stronger. Awesome stuff ?
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  12. Amanda says:

    Sometimes I do wonder whether there are “magic” ways to add more meat to my hands. But then I know I can’t eat anything just to exclusively make my hands fatter. They are not my arms or tummy. Sigh…
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  13. sesame says:

    That’s really great. I think they’ve helped my cuticles looking less dry.

  14. sesame says:

    I might want to try to derma roll my hands when I have more time. It might add more collagen…

  15. Lydia says:

    I often neglect to care for my hands that’s why they’re in a bad state…. Need to change that habit because it’s better to treat them good now before it is too late when the spots are already showing. ugh… The thing is that I have hygienic issues – kind of – so I cannot stay away from washing my hands or using hand sanitizers when being outside. double ugh.
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  16. sesame says:

    Do you carry a hand cream when you’re out? It would help when you wash your hands often.

  17. Isha Wilson says:

    I just love your tips and suggested

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