Even if my hair and make-up looks nice, looking down at chipped nails, untidy cuticles or dry patches of skin makes me feel grotty...so I always try to make sure my hands are soft, clean and pampered.
Cold weather, harsh winds and central heating makes keeping your hands pretty a tougher job, and with winter well on it's way, it's time to step up my hand care game.
Glove upPrevention is better than a cure, so protecting your hands from the cold and wind in the first place is a good place to start!
There's always that difficult decision of wearing fashionable gloves but getting iPhone withdrawal vs. wearing ugly touch-screen gloves vs. having cold hands. But rejoice, because this year I've seen loads of stylish touch-screen gloves about! This pair from ASOS are very similar to my favourite pair of black leather gloves, but they have touch screen fingertips. I'm sold.
Soaps and household cleaning products are usually packed with nasties that can irritate the skin and be really drying. Not at all ideal when the weather is also determined to dry out your skin, so making the switch to natural based cleaning products gives your hands one less thing to worry about.
Ecover's range of cleaning products, laundry products and hand soaps are all made from plant and mineral based ingredients and are suitable for sensitive skin. I've been trying their washing up liquid* and surface spray* which are just as effective at doing their job as other brands, but haven't left that horrible, 'tight', dry feeling on my hands that you get after doing the washing up.
Pamper and polish
Dry and untidy cuticles are the worst - they look horrible and can be really sore! I always keep a pot of cuticle cream in my handbag and on my desk at work, such as the Champney's Skin Perfector Micale Balm or the Qtica Cuticle Repair Balm*. Both instantly soothe and soften cuticles and hang nails, allowing them to be neatly pushed back or trimmed off.
We know that serums penetrate the skin deeper than a moisturiser, so I choose Liz Earle's Superskin Hand Serum* over a hand cream for maximum nourishment and softness. I'm not a huge hand cream person, but I absolutely love this product. It's got a lightweight and silky formula (probably thanks to the rosehip oil and cranberry seed oil) that instantly melts into the skin with no endless rubbing in or greasy residue.
Perfect your pretty little hands with a manicure, and help keep nails strong and healthy by opting for a non-toxic nail polish. Loads of brands are free from nasties; Butter London, OPI and China Glaze are 3 Free (no toluene, DBP or formaldehyde) whilst Zoya* is 5 free (additionally no formaldehyde resin or camphor).