Hands feeling dry, lacklustre and in need of a little TLC? As important as a regular skincare routine is, this also applies to our hard-working hands too. With over a decade of experience in the industry, discover how to reduce the signs of ageing on your hands with expert advice from our Product Manager, Robin Fisher.
“As we get older, skin loses collagen which can make it appear dull and sallow. The skin on hands is very thin and delicate – it’s often the first place where wrinkles and fine lines will begin to appear, so giving hands proper care and attention should be a lifelong commitment. If you’ve neglected your hands up until now, it’s never too late to start investing in younger-looking skin. And in the current climate, with more regular washing, it’s essential to look after your hands with regular moisturisation.”
It’s never too late to start investing in younger-looking skin. And in the current climate, with more regular washing, it’s essential to look after your hands with regular moisturisation.
- Robin Fisher, ARRAN Sense of Scotland Product Manager
1. Prevention is better than cure
“Protecting the hands against the elements is extremely important to maintain younger-looking skin. In summer, UV rays can damage the delicate skin on hands and in winter, cold, winds and rain can leave exposed hands feeling chapped and cracked. Investing in a good pair of gloves is a helping hand towards better skin.
“If, like the majority of the population, you’ll spend time applying sun cream to your face and body but forget the final piece of the puzzle – the hands, then it’s time to change your routine. Hands get nearly as much sun as the face but are often forgotten so invest in a good, non-sticky sun cream.”
2. Use soap and sanitisers that are kind to skin
“Harsh soaps can upset the pH balance of the skin on your hands and strip them of natural oils, but there’s no need to substitute a nourishing formula for strong effective cleaning power because it is possible to have both. All of our hand cleansing products contain essential oils and nourishing ingredients to protect with no compromise on cleanliness.
“If, like many, you’re using alcohol sanitisers more frequently then you’ll know they need a high alcohol concentrate in order to kill germs, yet this can have a very drying effect over time. We’ve added Glycerine and Aloe Vera leaf juice to our Hand Cleansing Gel as these ingredients are well-known to nourish and soothe to help combat the drying effects of alcohol.”
Nourish and protect with our Hand Cleansing Gel, £4 or 3 for £10
3. Moisturise on the go
Regular washing can strip the skin of its natural oils and compromise our skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving skin feeling dry and cracked. As a result, this can leave skin exposed to germs. I’d always recommend to keep a small hand cream in your handbag to use on the go after every wash, especially in light of our increased hand hygiene at the moment. Another tip is to exfoliate regularly as you would with the skin on the rest of your body, many of our soaps have natural exfoliating ingredients such as loofah and oatmeal.
Gently exfoliate with our Apothecary Honey & Oatmeal Soap, £4
4. Harness the power of plants
“Our current Hydrating Hand Creams are one of our most advanced ever, taking three years of research and development – they’re enriched with active plant ingredients including rowan berry and Icelandic moss extract known for their superior moisturising properties. These are utilised alongside more widely known, skin-soothing ingredients such as vitamin E, aloe vera and shea butter. These active ingredients promote deep hydration which lasts up to 72 hours and can help to reduce the signs of ageing."
Protect your skin's natural moisture barrier with our After the Rain Hydrating Hand Cream, £10
5. Sleep your way to better hands
“Most of us are clued up on the fact that getting a good night’s sleep can prevent premature ageing, but have you ever thought about how your sleep position can cause wrinkles? If you like to snuggle up on your side with your hands under your face you might want to readjust. Repetitive practices that fold the skin will cause wrinkles over time, so sleeping in a way that causes the skin to crease on your hands and face will affect both of these areas. The best sleeping position for skin is flat on your back with your hands palms down.
“Although this can be difficult to maintain while sleeping, so we would recommend massaging a small amount of hand cream into hands before bed to increase hydration levels and help the skin to repair and replenish its natural oils overnight.”