In skincare, we almost always think about protecting the skin of our face. Most products on the shelf target facial skin, from anti-acne to anti-aging. I do agree that the face is probably the most important, since it’s the part of you that greets the world. However, we should not neglect other visible areas where our real age can be easily deciphered, such as our neck and our hands.
Personally, I tend to have really dry hands, especially in my line of work where there is an almost psychiatric obsession with handwashing. Most of us will more or less have some degree of dry hands, since a lot of us work in air conditioned areas, are too busy to keep hydrated and so on and so forth. This can be worsened by certain skin problems e.g. eczema, and in certain climates e.g. winter season (not applicable to Singapore readers ).
Prolonged moisture loss leads to wrinkles and premature aging. So, a good hand cream can really be your best friend. For years, I’ve been trying out different formulations from various brands.
One good brand I’d like to mention is Physiogel, which I took up after strong recommendation by a dermatologist who tutored me in medical school. It is really effective and I still use it today. It works by replenishing the physiological lipids that naturally exist on the surface of the skin, thereby protecting and restoring it.
There were brands I didn’t like too, such as Rosken and Dermaveen. I found them too thick and oily– it’s uncomfortable, doesn’t keep well on the hands and stays on furniture. Eeyuck! On the other hand, these are fantastic choices for hands that are dried to the point of cracking. I’ve also tried the almond hand cream from the Body Shop… it smells nice, but isn’t as effective as I’d like it to be.
There are even brands that carry hand creams with claims of anti-aging or whitening properties, such as the Sugar hand cream (Wrinkle Care) by Skin Food (illustrated on the right) and the latest whitening hand cream by Vaseline. Haven’t tried either of them yet, but I aim to.
Recently, I’ve also added Kiehl’s bestselling hand cream to my inventory. Kiehl’s started as a a pharmaceutical company in New York decades ago before delving into skincare products, so their formulations are supposedly of better grade. Well, I believe them, because the hand cream is great! Stays well on the hands without giving a sticky feeling and, within minutes, the hands feel soft and smooth! This is definitely a keeper.
And of course, sunblock of at least SPF 30 is important to keep off disfiguring age spots. ><
If the ravages of aging have not spared your hands and you have a youthful face but hands that look older than you really are, not to worry– there are medical remedies nowadays too! Do stay tuned to this space and I will blog more about it soon.