Hada at home hand tips help hand health. Hands age from sun, chemical contact, trauma, nutritional deficiencies, and genetic predisposition.
At Hada Cosmetic Medicine we recommend skin care regimens extend to your fingertips. Depending on what you are treating we can offer suggestions. It goes without saying hand washing is important.
Wrist Exercise and Supplements
Hand and wrist stretching exercises performed daily will enhance hand health.
Supplements including CoQ10, DIM, Methyl factors, and Probiotics help circulation and oxygenation to improve hand health.
Essential Oils are Terrific for Hands
Essential oils are natural extracts from plants. The hands often exposed to harsh environmental factors, such as cold, heat, sun, wind, and chemicals, therefore resulting in dryness, cracking, irritation, and aging. Essential oils help to nourish, moisturize, protect, and heal the skin of the hands, as well as improve the mood and well-being of the person using them.
Here are some Essential oils for hands
- Marjoram: This oil has a warm and herbaceous aroma that can calm the nerves and relax the muscles. Marjoram can also improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation in the joints and tendons of the hands. Also marjoram blends with other oils such as lavendar, rosemary or chamomile for soothing with hand massages.
- Patchouli: This oil has a sweet and earthy aroma that can balance the emotions and uplift the spirit. Patchouli regenerates the skin cells and promote wound healing. Patchouli can be used to treat dry, cracked, or infected skin on the hands. Patchouli blends well with other oils including sandalwood, bergamot and benzoin.
- Pine: This oil has a fresh and woody aroma invigorating to mind and body. Pine stimulates the immune system and fight off infections., disinfect, and deodorize the hands. Pine blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, or peppermint for a hand sanitizer.
- Chamomile: This oil is sweet and floral which soothes the nerves and ease stress. Chamomile can also reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin. Chamomile can be used to treat eczema, dermatitis, or allergic reactions on the hands. Blending oils with Camomile include lavender, geranium, or rose.
- Eucalyptus: This oil has a sharp and minty aroma that can clear the head and boost energy. Eucalyptus can also relieve pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints of the hands. Eucalyptus eases arthritis, rheumatism, or carpal tunnel syndrome on the hands, all of which are less when you do yoga. Blending with ginger, black pepper, or rosemary warms hands.
- Benzoin: This oil has a rich and vanilla-like aroma that can comfort the emotions and enhance mood. Benzoin can also moisturize and protect the skin from dryness and cracking. For extra luxurious hand balm include ylang ylang, orange, or vanilla in your essential oil.
- To use essential oils for the hands, dilute them in a carrier oil, either almond, jojoba, or coconut oil at a ratio of 2-3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply the oil blend to your hands and massage gently until absorbed. Add essential oils to your hand soap, lotion, cream, or scrub by adding 10-15 drops per ounce of product.
Don’t Forget Sun Protection and Exfoliation
Sunscreen, topical antioxidants, and moisturizing agents should also be used on hands.
Exfoliation using fine ground walnuts, sugar, or salts in tiny doses added to your hand cream once a week.
Not all products absorb into rough damaged hands. A 30 minute application of plastic wrap (for instance Saran Wrap secured with tape) after application of skin produces dramatically improves product absorption. Furthermore, cotton gloves work too. Do one hand at a time if you can’t spend enough time off your iPad!
Actual medical conditions or patchy red areas due to allergic reactions, need to get evaluated by your medical provider. Three weeks of consistent treatment with this home remedy, and your hands will thank you!