Changing seasons, frequent washing, wind, sun, chlorine, etc. Many factors are damaging our hands. We have a skin care routine for our face, but too often we forget our hands… and they can betray our age! Just like the skin of the face, the skin of the hands needs a little more attention, because it contains fewer sebaceous glands and therefore a more fragile protective film. Here is a ritual in 7 steps to take good care of your hands.
Frequent hand-washing is one of the first rules of hygiene. Rub for 20 seconds, making sure not to forget under the nails, between the fingers and up to the wrists. To prevent repetitive washing from damaging the hands, the use of an antibacterial hand soap for professionals like BactiNet from Action de Gala is recommended. Enriched with emollients to moisturize the skin such as aloe, glycerine, lanolin and vitamin E, it produces a rich and abundant foam that protects the skin from external aggression. Once your hands have been rinsed, gently pat them with a towel.
You might think that exfoliation dries out the skin, but it is quite the opposite. Exfoliating means getting rid of the cellular debris and impurities that clog the pores, resulting in a skin more receptive to moisturizers that will penetrate deeper instead of remaining on the surface of a layer of dead cells. To clarify, revitalize and bring softness to hard-working hands, use Action de Gala Exoderm Purifying Exfoliating Gel. Its formula is made with algae, aloe, hibiscus, pineapple, grapefruit, olive pits and lemon essential oil to be gentle on the skin.
Clean, exfoliated hands are now ready for moisturizing products. Apply a cream by massaging gently from the fingertips to the wrists using circular movements to allow better penetration into the skin. We love fast-absorbing hand creams that are time-saving like Bioline Jatò Silky Touch. This ultra-moisturizing cream protects the skin from external aggression and even helps to reduce the visible signs of time and improve the appearance of skin spots.
Very damaged and cracked hands for which regular moisturizers are not enough can be saved with paraffin, a wax used in beauty institutes to deeply moisturize the layers of the skin. Wrap hands with a bag containing Parasol paraffin and leave on for 15 minutes. Thanks to the occlusive action of this treatment that retains water and promotes the absorption of active ingredients, the skin of the hands will be softer, smoother and more hydrated.
We cannot repeat enough how essential it is to protect your hands from the sun. Up to 90% of the skin aging is connected to sun rays. The daily application of a zinc cream to protect against external aggression such as Action de Gala Ombracrème can significantly slow down the appearance of pigment spots. It soothes, reduces the appearance of redness and spots and is lightly tinted for a more even complexion. For sun exposure, use a registered sunscreen and reapply every two hours making sure to cover all the back of the hands. Our favourite is Biomi Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30, a new addition to Action de Gala, which offers a broad spectrum multi-protection against UVA and UVB rays and prevents sunburn. It soothes and moisturizes the skin while being anti-ageing and does not leave any greasy residue on the hands.
If the damage has already been caused and pigment spots and wrinkles are present, it is possible to treat them in an institute to reduce their appearance. Diamond tip or microcrystalline microdermabrasion treatments with devices like VitaPeel and Sophy are an effective way to reduce hyperpigmentation by eliminating the superficial part of the epidermis while stimulating cell regeneration. Pulsed light is also an excellent technique for skin with sun-induced wrinkles and spots. An Apilux device emits light pulses in the epidermis creating energy that turns into heat to reduce imperfections. Some products used at home can also have a brightening effect. This is the case with Action de Gala Lux Lightening Serum designed to lighten the complexion, reduce the appearance of spots and revitalize the skin.
The final step in our hand beauty ritual is to embellish them with pretty nails. Start your manicure with a base coat that prepares and protects natural nails from the pigments. To do this, the SNB Professional range offers everything you need. It includes a base coat, nail polish available in several colours, drying drops and different top coats. Then, apply the colour of your choice before finishing with a long-lasting top coat to create a protective film that extends the durability of the manicure and enhances the colour of the nail polish.
Cleaning, exfoliating, moisturizing, pampering, protecting, treating and sublimating our hands is part of a ritual in a few steps for soft and hydrated hands that will regain their elasticity. Thanks to this routine, the signs of aging that manifest through wrinkles and pigment spots can be slowed down and the hands revitalized. Once you have tried it, your hands will no longer be able to resist!