Why are you looking at my hands?
By Linda Chaé
Did you know that your hands are more likely to tell your age than you face?
Well, it’s true, unfortunately. For a number of reasons, the skin on your hands
often begins to show signs of damage years before your face. The skin on the
back of the hands is thinner and has less fatty cushion (plumpness) than the
face, so it’s more susceptible to damage and dehydration. If you think about
your mother or your grandmother, the veins on the backs of their hands probably
looked more prominent with bulged tendons and numerous brown spots. Because
today’s plastic surgeons cannot change the way hands are showing age, you can
give your hands the careful attention they deserve with age defying results.
Here are five reasons your hands maybe suffering by looking older than you
1. Exposure to sun, wind, and temperature extremes causes extrinsic aging –
whether it’s your face or your hands. While intrinsic aging is caused by
heritage – extrinsic aging comes from exposure and over exposure to the sun,
temperature extremes and the weather. These factors increase dryness, sometimes
to the degree that cracks form on the sides of fingertips.
2. Too much sun is hard on hands because they often receive more intense and
direct radiation than the face. Even in a car or near a window, hands are often
exposed to sunshine. Some sun is good, but constant overexposure causes the skin
to grow thin, lose elasticity and increases the appearance of irregular
pigmentation. Even if you apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands, it’s
likely to be rinsed off when washing hands.
3. It is also common to lose the Vitamin C content and other skin nutrients
in our most “used and abused” skin on the body. The fact that our hands are
being washed numerous times during the day means they are being stripped not
only by the water, but also by the synthetic soaps and cleansers in commonly
used hand and dish washing products. Inexpensive products can only be made with
cheap synthetic detergents. It’s also important to avoid toxic anti-bacterial
hand washes with alcohol and Triclosan. The Centers of Disease Control (CDC)
state that these types of products don’t work any better than regular hand
washes or plain soap and water. Medical professionals are seeing regular use of
these chemicals causing sores on hands to not heal because the skin’s immune
system barrier has been compromised.
4. Hands are usually the driest skin on the body. Yet, there’s a bottle of
hand and body lotion in almost every bathroom in America, right? Well, that
lotion may not be doing the job. If your hands don’t look and feel moist for
hours after applying your lotion, then it may actually be dehydrating your skin.
There was a recent study that tested 50 of the most purchased moisturizers -
from inexpensive to costly - all of which contained various emulsifiers
(ingredients that hold the oil and water ingredients together). It was found
that ALL of the moisturizers left the skin more dehydrated within 2 hours than
before application. Why? Because the emulsifiers didn’t know to stop working
when applied to the skin, so they bound up the oil and water around and inside
each cell. Because the cell wall actually becomes weaker and weaker with each
application of emulsified lotion, the moisture in the cells leaks (or weeps)
5. It’s also possible that toxic ingredients in your regular, everyday
products could be causing your hands to age. The following Red Flag ingredients
should be avoided at all cost in ANY of your products:
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine)
DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl)
FD&C Color Pigments
PEG (Polyethylene glycol)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Sunscreen ingredients like benzophenone, avebenzone, methyoxycinnamates, paba,
So … what to do to keep our hands from giving away our age?
There are a number of physical changes in the skin’s structure that are caused
by the items listed above. Many of these can be corrected. For example, sun
damage can be prevented by using a moisturizing sunscreen applied to the backs
of hands each time after washing. You can avoid being one of the 90% over the
age of 60 that has brown spots on their hands. And you can prevent an even
bigger issue of the brown spots darkening and changing in appearance indicating
the presence of skin cancer. So, inspecting your hands and caring for the health
of your skin – on your hands and over your entire body - is really important.
Today most people are more aware of nutrition, green living and healthy
lifestyles, so you would think that incorporating care for our hands shouldn’t
be difficult. Sometimes it is the appearance of crepe-y skin or dark spots that
remind us to care for our hands. After all, you probably buy special age-defying
products for your face and eyes; you may even have facials, massages and other
specialty treatments. Why is it that we don’t give the same attention to our
hands? For instance, when you use a scrub or cleanser on your face, also apply
it to the backs of your hands. When you apply a mudd or silt masque… remember to
include your hands.
Doing dishes, washing hands, and using household cleaning products are easier on
the hands when you use vegetable based cleansers made to be mild without
compromising effectiveness. This will mean avoiding those typical products sold
in the grocery store. They may be cheap because of the industrial grade,
synthetic detergents; but they are usually contain toxic ingredients – not good
for your hands, your health, a fetus in the womb, or your family. If you avoid
using detergents that strip the skin of essential moisture, you will immediately
notice healthier, prettier looking hands.
But, what other measures can you take to retain younger-looking hands?
The options are many and start with a regular routine of moisturizing your hands
throughout the day – especially with a non-emulsified lotion or cream. This
could increase the moisture by 40% and even with regular hand washing will
dramatically make a difference by reducing the dry, scaly appearance. With this
increased hydration, you should be able to see the skin on the back of your
hands become plumper - automatically firming up some of the looser skin.
Be extra considerate of your hands by using some of your anti-aging facial
products like serums, masks and exfoliators. Products high in vitamins, minerals
and extra nutrition will also support the youthful appearance. Always make sure
that the products you are using on your hands and elsewhere on your body are
free from toxins, hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and any other known harmful
substance. In other words, be sure to READ the labels on every product.
All of my body care products are Certified ToxicFree®, your assurance that they
are free from any xeno-estrogens, petroleum-based ingredients, neurotoxins, or
any other known harmful ingredients. Try the Wild Ginger Hand Wash, a natural,
organic hand soap formulated to clean your hands without stripping away the
precious moisture. Our cocoa butter cleansing agent has the potential to reduce
the over all irritation often caused by hot water. We’ve also added soothing
herbs and dextrose sugars (polysaccharides) that deposit more moisture than the
water and cleanser washes away.
After 12 years of diligent research we’ve made a physical block sunscreen that
creates a barrier on the skin, providing hours of protection. Our safe4u SPF 15,
all over body sunscreen contains rich moisturizer to retain the skin’s moisture
while exposed to the elements. It’s a lovely peach color due to the rich
antioxidants and bioflavinoids of seabuckthorn berry and calendula flower oils.
It comes in a smart-looking 4 oz bottle that can be left in the bathroom and
near your kitchen sink. A small sample pot can always be kept in your pocket or
purse, left near the dog’s walking leash, with your running shoes… or wherever
you need to be reminded.
I encourage you to use our extraordinary Smart Serum as an anti-aging treatment
designed to be used under our sunscreen --- on your hands, as well as your face.
It is designed to immediately mitigate existing damage and give the many layers
of your skin precious anti-aging nutrients. There are many actives included in
this serum, with clinical studies showing they increase skin’s hydration by 70%
and retain moisture 40% longer… all because this serum helps stop the moisture
leakage from previous damage. Other actives give each cell recovery power from
UV radiation with their potent antioxidant and UV light absorbing benefits. Some
help pigment producing cells from being spastic and over-active which reduces
hyper-pigmentation, brightens and provides even-toned skin. Still others provide
properties that work as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergy,
antibacterial/viral. There are even anti-carcinogenic compounds in this formula
to assist the skin’s inner resistance and fortification.
By all means, I encourage you to see how well the Vanilla Cream Body Lotion
provides superior and long lasting moisture – not only because it is
emulsifier-free, but from the superior ingredients that are often only found in
expensive, high-end face care. And for those of you with sensitive skin or who
want scent free lotion, try our chaebaby lotion (of course it is emulsifier-free
as well). Some of our most popular products include our various flavors of body
butters -including a romantic vanilla blend, another with upbeat citrus
essential oils, and a happy-go-lucky cocomango essence. Add to your regime what
ever products makes your hands feel better, as your efforts will help to create
and maintain younger-looking hands.
All of these are easy to implement in your daily routine…and you’ll be delighted
when strangers guessing your age mistake you for someone much younger because
your hands ‘look your age’ … or younger!
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About the Author: Linda Chaé is a prominent researcher, formula
consultant, educator and consumer advocate. She has met with many Congressional
Leaders and Health Committee Members in Washington D.C., fighting for ‘Your
Right to Know’ legislation, and to protect the public from unsafe chemicals in
products. Check out the natural organic skin care products Linda has created
that are guaranteed to improve your appearance in 30 days!
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