Not only do I spend a fortune on hand creams, I use my expensive face cream and masks on them too. I noticed from a very young age that women tend to neglect their hands and made a mental to myself (at age 10) that I would always make sure my hands didn’t look a mangled wrinkled mess. Your hands are one of the first things people notice so why wouldn’t you care for them the way you do your face or neck? I use special scrubs and masks on my hands as well as sunscreen and in the summer months, I pull out my ultimate secret weapon for eternally youthful hands- white cotton gloves for driving! Okay, so you’ll look like you’re driving Miss Daisy but if you knew how much damage your hands suffer while you are driving, you’d put on two pairs, not just one. If you look at women in cities such as New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, or Taipei where they take cabs or the subway instead of drive, they generally have unlined hands. Now look at women in Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami or any other city in American suburbia and you will see sunspots and damage from all the hours spent in the sun driving. But don’t worry, there is hope! Here are my secrets for gorgeous hands (you will thank me when your boyfriend/hubby can’t stop touching your hands because they’re so soft and smooth :).
Talika Hand Ritual Kit is my saviour. The two step kit has a scrub that I use 2-3 times a week followed by a serum. The scrub purifies, moisturizes and smooths with salt and sugar crystals and vitamins C and E to combat aging and spotting. The serum reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots while brightening the skin. $65 at Talika.com
(Cheap Thrill Alternative- mix brown sugar with olive oil and use as a scrub. Follow with beaten egg whites- massage in to back of hands for a few minutes, rinse well)
Natura Bisse Hand Silk Cream is one of my favorites. It instantly moisturizes without leaving a heavy or greasy residue which makes it ideal for daytime use. $32 at Neiman Marcus
La Mer The Hand cream is a worthy splurge if your budget allows for it. $70 at Neiman Marcus.
(Cheap Thrill alternative: Neutrogena Comforting Butter Hand Cream, Butter Cream- $5.39 at Drugstore.com)
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen! – Skinceuticals SPF 45 is hands down the best protection for face and hands. $36 at Cooper Spa, call to order and receive free shipping when you mention Beauty Snob! 214-383-1010
White Cotton Gloves by Go Gloves is my must have, sold by the dozen, it will last you all year. I sometimes slather cream on my hands and put on the gloves overnight for deep treatment. You must get the 100% cotton, not cotton blend so that your skin can breathe. $19.95 for a dozen at Amazon.com