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Hand Care: The Missing Step in Your Anti-Ageing Routine

Lifting. Typing. Styling. High-fiving. The list of things you do with your hands could go on forever, yet hand care slips at the bottom of our beauty priorities. Your hands are put to more daily use and abuse than your face and less pampering. So it’s not surprising that they “tattle-tale” your age quicker than any other part of your body.
While you can’t stop the natural, biological process of ageing, you can do a lot to prevent and reduce damage caused by external factors such as UV radiation, pollution and harsh chemicals. More importantly, taking care of your hands doesn’t have to be a major production. Here are 3 simple steps to help your hands look and feel good at any age:

#1 Sun protection

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When was the last time you put sunscreen on your hands? If you don’t want them covered with age spots, you should be putting sunscreen on every day and reapplying after you wash your hands. Yes, age spots have nothing to do with age. They are the result of unprotected sun exposure. UV rays damage the DNA in skin cells which induces dark spots formation and uneven pigmentation. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

#2 Exfoliation

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Our skin dries out quickly and takes longer to replenish itself as we age. With the loss of elasticity and hydration, veins that are not visible under plump skin become prominent and the skin on our hands starts to look crepey.
Regular exfoliation will remove dead cell build-ups and put your skin’s renewal process in boot camp. Use a retinol crème to improve rough skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Look for products enriched with vitamins E and C as they are natural antioxidants that restore and enhance skin barrier function.

#3 Hydration

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You probably put a lot more thought into choosing your face cleanser than you did your hand soap. But how often do you wash your hands compared to your face? Harsh detergents strip natural oils and moisture from the skin, leaving your hands dry, cracked and susceptible to irritation.
To protect your hands, hydrate regularly throughout the day, especially after contact with water. Use a rich, nourishing crème that restores hydration and stimulates skin barrier function. Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème is formulated with nourishing shea butter and skin conditioners to provide a deep hydration and help diminish the appearance of age spots and uneven pigmentation.

Tips To Getting a Manicure Safely

There’s nothing quite like getting your nails done at a salon. It’s one of the little luxuries that can help you feel more put together and glamorous. However, there’s a dark side to getting a manicure. If you aren’t careful with where you go and your prior preparation, you could be putting your hands at risk of damage!

HEV Damage

When you get acrylics or a gel based nail polish, these need to be ‘cured’ under a blue light. However this blue light, also known as HEV light is extremely damaging to your skin. HEV light similar to UV rays can trigger an early onset of ageing in the skin. So, our first suggestion would be to just avoid this entirely. Although, if you insist on continuing, we highly recommend wearing a cream with sun protection on your hands to protect it from damage. The Oraser® Nourishing Hand Creme and the Oraser® Daily Hand Repair SPF20 contain Avobenzone to help protect your hands, prevent hyperpigmentation and premature ageing.

Infections

Serious nail infections can be caused by a number of things. Neglect from your nail technician is a prime cause whether it’s from them excessively cutting your cuticles to not sterilising their manicure instruments sufficiently. Nail infections can be hard to treat and tend to linger on, so prevention is key and finding a qualified professional is essential.  We advise that you do your research before turning up at a salon. Be certain that the salon has good reviews and cleanliness is crucial to them.

Don’t be Fooled

Whilst a salon’s interior design may look very glamorous and expensive, this does not mean that their work will be on the same level. This is why doing your research is vital, as mentioned above.

Bring Your Own Manicure Equipment

To be on the really safe side, bring your own equipment to the salon. This can include nail clippers, scissors, and even files. But you will be responsible for your own items, so make sure to thoroughly clean your instruments after every use with rubbing alcohol.