How to have beautiful hands
Our hands say so much about us, and we use them to say so much. So it's not surprising that they're one of the first things people notice. And while we all remember to take care of our face, the same can't be said of our hands… Yet the skin of our hands is fragile too, exposed to environmental aggressions every day: cold weather, cleaning products, UV rays, water, etc. What's the risk? They could become damaged and age prematurely. If you want to keep your hands looking beautiful all year round, follow our beauty guide!
4 BEAUTY TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL HANDS
TIP 1: CLEANSE
Cleansing your hands is the first essential step in your hand beauty ritual, but it also involves an enemy we tend to forget: water! Every time you wash your hands, make sure you wipe them dry thoroughly, so the water won't dry your skin. To prevent your hands from drying out, avoid using products with a drying effect, such as hydro-alcoholic products. Opt for soaps with gentle formulas, like the Verbena Liquid Soap, enriched with shea extract and aloe vera.
TIP 2: EXFOLIATE
Your body and face love a good scrub – but your hands need exfoliation too. Once or twice a week, use an exfoliator that's designed for the hands and gentle on the skin, to slough away dead cells and leave your hands ready to soak up all the benefits of a moisturizing cream. The Shea One Minute Hand Scrub is formulated with shea, sweet almond and grape seed oils – rich in Vitamin E – as well as essential fatty acids and helps to nourish and soften the hands in just one minute.
TIP 3: MOISTURIZE
So what's the ultimate secret to beautiful hands? Hydration, hydration, hydration. Your hand cream should be your faithful companion, ready to be applied whenever needed, to help maintain the hydrolipidic film that naturally protects your skin. It has to nourish, moisturize and protect. An effective hand cream contains fatty substances and moisturizing agents, such as shea butter, as well as antioxidants, such as Vitamin E. This moisturizing blend lies behind the success of the Shea Butter Hand Cream, which has been L'OCCITANE's top best seller for over 20 years.
TIP 4: TAKE CARE OF YOUR NAILS
Another secret to beautiful hands is strong, well-looked-after nails and protected cuticles. Your cuticles are at the base of your nails and they play a protective role – so it's important to look after them. The Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil nourishes and softens cuticles, for stronger, shinier nails. It's important to feed your nails too. To keep them really healthy, make sure you eat foods rich in biotin, such as pulses, soybeans and almonds.
HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS IN SUMMER
The sun is known to accelerate skin aging and is an invisible enemy of your hands. What's the risk? The skin of your hands could start showing signs of aging (dark spots, slackening, etc.) before the skin of your face – which you take better care of. As soon as the first rays of sunshine appear, remember to protect your hands (as well as your face) with a sun cream or moisturizer with SPF.
HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS IN WINTER
In wintertime, the cold and the wind dry out your skin, making it more vulnerable to sensations of tightness and discomfort. So make sure you keep your hands well moisturized at all times, and never be without your hand cream – or your gloves! Nighttime is the best time for cell regeneration, so make the most of it to smother your hands in cream. Leave it on all night long, then wake up to hands that feel as soft as ever.