Witchy Woman

Psst. Want to know one of my deepest, darkest fears? I fear that I will one day inherit gnarled, old, witch hands. You know what I’m talking about, as seen here, here, and here. Hands can reveal our age, or worse, make us look older than we actually are. Think about all the wear and tear we subject our poor mitts to. Aging is responsible for loss of collagen and elastin, that’s what makes our hands lose “volume” so to speak. The skin becomes more transparent with age, thus bones and veins are much more noticeable. Accumulated sun damage equates wrinkles and age spots. That’s why I use hand cream religiously and use ones that have SPF and retinol. SPF prevents age spots and wrinkles, while retinol and AHA’s treat existing problem areas. Get into the habit of keeping a hand cream by all of your sinks and in your purse. This is especially important if you are a frequent hand washer, and during the harsh, winter months. There are not that many skin treatments a dermatologist can do for your hands (microdermabrasion, chemical peels, fat injections), therefore, prevention is paramount. Here are my favorites:

Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream with Rose & Vitamin C-Chantecaille knows a little something about luxury. They blend natural botanicals with cutting edge science and the results are fantastic. This retinol hand cream stimulates collagen and elastin production, while treating unsightly age spots and lines. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, that works not only to increase collagen growth but also to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and discoloration.

Neutrogena Hand Cream Age Shield SPF 30-This hand cream is getting increasingly difficult for me to find. I think it’s just been repackaged under a different name, if they discontinue it I will be severely upset as it is awesome. It’s lightweight, nongreasy, clean smelling, SPF 30 protection. I keep one in every purse in my rotation.

AVEDA Hand Relief- This hand cream is rich and indulgent. It exfoliates dry, rough skin with alpha hydroxy acids and helps promote cell turnover. The smell is incredible, everything you expect from an AVEDA product. I love giving Hand Relief as a gift. Check out their Foot Relief too while you’re at it.

Fresh Sugar Blossom Hand Treatment-My loyal readers know how I feel about Fresh and their amazing line of products. This hand treatment is no exception. The smell is divine and it smooths on like buttah, moisturizing and healing dry skin. I love how Fresh incorporates real sugar into their products, this almost smells good enough to eat, but I wouldn’t recommend it. {Not that I tried it or anything…}

Clarins Age-Control Hand Lotion SPF 15-I worked for Clarins for a brief stint. I enjoyed using their products as they were green long before it was the cool thing to do. Their products were a big hit with customers too, who would continuously help themselves to the various testers. I started paying closer attention when they repeatedly used the SPF 15 hand lotion, even the ladies from the supposed *gasp* competition. I started using it myself and I was hooked. It was lightweight and yet somehow managed to last through several hand washings. It also contains extracts like myrrh to strengthen your nails.

What’s your favorite hand cream?

My rendition of the Wicked Witch of the West a few years back for the trick-or-treaters. P.S. We didn't get any that year :(

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3 Responses to Witchy Woman

  1. My mom swears by the Aveda hand cream…might have to give it a try.

    PS: Thanks for your comment today. I know it’s dorky but I’m beyond excited to have comments on my first day! I’ll definitely look for your future posts as well.

  2. [...] AVEDA Pink Ribbon Hand Relief – A rich decadent cream that truly heals, as seen here. [...]

  3. [...] If you have excess retinol, slather it on the backs of your hands. Our hands can really betray our age, or make us look even older. Dermatologists not only look at our faces but our hands as well, don’t neglect them. Retinols power of smoothing lines and wrinkles by increasing cellular turnover and collagen production works on our bodies too. So should you have any leftover, or you just want to give your hands some extra TLC, use a small amount (less than a pea size) of your retinol on your hands at night. For more on anti-aging care for your hands, read this. [...]

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