A 5-Step Hand Facial for Model-Worthy Hands
You probably slather your face in all kinds of skincare products — cleansers, serums, moisturizers, oils etc. But your hands deserve just as much love. Think about it. Your hands go through a lot on any given day. Between washing the dishes and going out in the sun (without wearing SPF), your hands are just as prone to fine lines, dark spots, and dryness as your face and neck. In fact, the skin on your hands is a lot more delicate, meaning you’ll need to show that area of your body additional love to keep them looking and feeling their best.
Thankfully, hand facials are a great way to transform your nails and hands. Here’s a five step hand care routine that’ll leave your paws looking model-worthy. FYI: it’s not the same as a manicure. Hand facials focus on treating the skin rather than than the nails, but they definitely can benefit your nails.
#1: Wash with a Gentle Cleanser
Just like a regular facial, start off by cleansing your hands using a gentle formula without harsh, synthetic ingredients that can dry out the skin. As convenient as liquid hand soaps and sanitizers are, they tend to contain harsh ingredients that aren’t exactly kind to your skin. Many also contain alcohol — an ingredient known for causing dry skin.
Instead, opt for a formula made with nourishing ingredients like olive oil and coconut oil. They contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties while offering intense hydration.
Cleansing should be the first step in any skincare routine — including that of your hands.
#2: Gently Exfoliate
Exfoliation can benefit the hands in two ways: for starters, it can buff away dead skin cells to leave skin visibly smoother and softer. And second, it enables other skincare products like hand creams and lotions to penetrate deeper into the skin (and thereby work better). Once again, it’s down to the shedding of dead skin. By lifting this layer of dead skin away, active ingredients are able to absorb better.
If you have rough, dry hands, try using a delicate hand scrub or chemical exfoliant to soften your hands. It’s a quick fix most manicurists swear by.
Rainbow’s GLOW Serum is made with chemical exfoliant glycolic acid to sweep away dead skin cells and impurities, improving skin tone, texture, and absorption of products. It also contains brightening bakuchiol to give your hands a little glow up.
As effective as exfoliation is for softening your hands, it can leave skin parched. Restore skin’s hydration by slathering your hands in a rich and nourishing hand cream. To make your hand cream work even harder, apply a thick layer at night and stick an old, clean pair of socks on top to seal in all that moisture so that your hands feel baby soft the next morning.
The best moisturizers for deep hydration include shea butter, coconut oil, hyaluronic acid, and olive oil. Look for one or more of these ingredients in your hand cream to get the most benefits from your moisturizing sessions.
Dermatologists recommend applying hand cream twice a day. You can apply a lighter one during the day time and a heavier one before going to bed.
#4: Apply Cuticle Oil
One hand care tip hand models swear by is applying cuticle oil every day. Ditch the cuticle cutters, and use cuticle oil instead. Cutting your cuticles might make them look nice and neat at first, but it can make them grow tougher and more jagged if your manicurist doesn’t do it correctly. If you want strong, healthy nails, show your cuticles a little extra TLC by swapping out your cuticle cutters for a nourishing cuticle oil or cream and gently push back your cuticles every now and then.
You can even make your own DIY cuticle oil if you have nothing else on hand. Mix together one tablespoon of olive oil, a few drops or vitamin E oil, and a couple of drops of lavender oil. Dab onto your cuticles. Store the formula in a clean, dry nail polish bottle and screw the cap on tightly. Shake before every use.
#5: Try a Mask
Whether you’re an aspiring hand model attending castings, or you simply have a big event coming up with shows off your hands, treat your paws to a hydrating hand mask.
Rainbow’s Hydrate Mask is made with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to drench skin in long lasting moisture while brightening, lightening discoloration, and plumping out fine lines. If you’ve got dry hands, apply this treatment on a weekly basis to soften skin. Alternatively, wear it overnight so you get the silkiest hands by the next day.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HANDS LOOKING MODEL-WORTHY
Now you know how to make your hands look model-like, but how do you keep them that way? Here are some tips for making your hands look good all the time.
Whenever you wash the dishes or clean the house, always wear gloves to protect your hands and nails from hot water and harsh chemicals that can dry out and damage the hands.
Buff Away Pesky Stains
Any manicurist will tell you that base coat is a must when painting your nails anything colorful. Always use a base coat and top coat on nails to protect your natural nails from stains and keep your polish lasting as long as possible.
If you end up staining your nails, there are a few things you can do to get rid of it. You can try buffing the surface of your nails with a fine grit nail file or buffer. Alternatively, you can use an old toothbrush to buff away surface stains.
Take a Break From Acrylics
Top hand models know the importance of giving their nails a breather from acrylic nails, which can actually be super damaging to your real nails. Play around with nail art instead, a classic matte beige, or just keep your nails natural.
Cover Blemishes with Concealer
Got blemishes on your hands? Cover them up with a few dabs of concealer. Or simply embrace them!
Hello model-worthy hands!!!