What your hands say about your overall health and wellness
Never mind the phrase, “the eyes are the window to the soul”… it’s more like “the hands are the window to the soul.”
Ever seen a really youthful looking celebrity, who you know the age of, and wondered how he or she looks so youthful? Well, it’s likely possibly due to the fact that they may have had some work done, or they have access to great beauty products, personal trainers and dieticians.
But – we challenge you to take a look at their hands. Or look at the hands of a family member or a friend – have a look and see if their hands are a more realistic indicator of their actual age.
Your hands are one of the first places on your body that show your age. Interestingly enough, hands are very commonly neglected in anti-aging regimes and daily rituals.
We all take care of the skin on our faces, the wrinkles around our eyes and our necks, but often neglect the fact that our hands can show our age as well as our overall health and wellness.
What can your hands tell you?
Hands can tell a lot about your age and your overall health. There are many health conditions that can be signified through your hands. It’s best to talk with your healthcare professional for any serious concerns you may have regarding your health.
We’re going to discuss your overall day-to-day wellness and how aging can be seen through the external appearance of hands.
Skin elasticity and thinning
The elasticity of our skin may reduce as we age, and this is the reason why our skin could appear “looser” than it used to be when we were younger, and also the reason why our hands may begin to look a little “thinner” than previously in our life.
The skin on our hands may become “thinner” and more sensitive as we age. Especially as this area of the skin is exposed to constant hand washing and moisture loss.
It’s incredibly important to ensure that the skin on our hands is moisturized and hydrated and hydrated skin is able to create a healthy skin cell turnover. When skin is dry it might flake and lose the tone and elasticity that we require for it to look youthful.
We use our hands so much during our daily lives that it could make it hard to constantly have to moisturize them – especially when we are so often washing our hands, or in this day and age, sanitizing them.
Another thing that we may begin to see on our skin as we age is age spots. Age spots are basically a form of skin pigmentation that increases as we age. Age spots are commonly found on the face and the hands as these are the two most exposed skin areas on our bodies.
These areas of skin are exposed to sunlight, wind and other environmental factors on a daily basis and, let’s be honest here, who actually applies environmental protection on their hands?
But here’s the thing – it’s most likely advisable to do so. Especially if you are outdoors for long periods of time, for instance, on the beach or out hiking for the day.
Muscle and fat loss
It’s common knowledge that as we age, we may lose muscle mass and the fat underneath our skin may begin to reduce. As this occurs, our hands may begin to look a bit “gaunter” than previously. This often happens to the skin on our necks as well.
Exfoliating your skin may help to promote skin cell turnover which in turn could help to promote collagen production. When collagen production is ramped up in our skin turnover process, it could help to create plumper, firmer looking skin.
Including exfoliation to your hand care regime could assist in helping to reduce the loss of fat and help improve the overall appearance of the skin on our hands.
Caring for your hands
Caring for your hands is such an important of your wellness and beauty regime that it should become second nature on a daily basis. Here are some ways in which you can care for the skin on your hands, and in turn, your overall health and wellness.
A healthy diet comes up very often in our articles because it is just that important for overall health, wellness and our beauty requirements.
A sustainable, healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and leafy greens is one of the best ways you can care for your skin’s health and overall appearance, and this includes the skin on your hands.
Ensuring your body is well hydrated from the inside out is another incredibly important part of your health, wellness and beauty regime.
Drinking plenty of fresh water every single day and reducing your caffeine intake by replacing a cup of coffee with a glass of water for example, will help to maintain a firm, plump and smooth skin appearance, especially on the skin on your hands.
Hydrated skin is a glowing skin!
Partaking in at least 30 minutes exercise at least 5 times a week is a great way to help ensure your body is in tip top condition. Exercise is a great way to increase blood flow throughout your body, including your skin, and to help your body release endorphins – hello glowing skin.
There are even hand exercises you could do each day to help maintain the firmness and tone of the skin on your hands, and the underlying muscle tone.
Protection from elements
Protecting your skin from the elements is always important. Whether it’s the outdoor elements or constant hand washing and sanitization – it’s important to ensure that the skin on your hands is protected.
If you are washing or sanitizing your hands often, try find gentle products, and then moisturize after each use.
Exfoliation helps to increases blood flow, remove dead skin cells and promote collagen production. Exfoliating your hands is really easy and could be done two to three times per week.
Remember to moisturize afterwards.
The most important thing you could probably do for the skin on your hands is to moisturize them! Not just daily, if you are able to – moisturize your hands after every single hand wash or sanitization. Or find a sanitizer with moisturizing elements.
Make use of a moisture-locking hand moisturizer especially before you go to sleep at night time as this is the longest the skin on your hands will go without exposure to water and elements and is able to repair itself.
An overnight moisturizer such as the Seratopical Overnight Hand Therapy is a great product to consider.
Caring for your nails and cuticles
Your cuticles and nails are one of the most visible parts on your hands and ensuring healthy looking hands includes caring for your cuticles and nails.
Simply pushing back your cuticles during each bath or shower and ensuring you massage your hand moisturizer into your nails and cuticles will do them the world of good.
Seratopical Overnight Hand Therapy
Imagine going sleep with invisible magical anti-aging hand gloves? That’s exactly what Seratopical Overnight Hand Therapy was designed to be.
This breakthrough formula, developed by SeraLabs with clinically backed ingredients and infused with CBD is the ultimate age-defying blend to help restore and hydrate the skin on your hands.
It contains powerful essential oils such as Lavender Oil which helps to reduce free radicals, Chamomile Extract to help soothe and even your skin’s appearance, and Vitamin E to heal and provide powerful antioxidants to the skin on your hands.
Seratopical Overnight Hand Therapy will help to revitalize your hands’ youthful appearance.