Beauty Tip: Using facial moisturizer to beautify hands

Someone told me awhile ago that our hands show age more than our faces.  Usually, this happens as a result of not using sunscreen on our hands to the extent that we use it on our faces.  But I bet you’d never thought of using a face cream to soften wrinkles,  moisturize cuticles, get rid of “age spots” (what we once called freckles,) and add a nice layer of sun protection.  Well, you can!  Here’s how I discovered this great little secret….\r\n\r\nLast summer, I spent a fair amount of money on drugstore brand wrinkle creams.  Some of these big name brands\r\n\r\n

For me, not the best face moisturizer, but great on my hands!
For me, not the best face moisturizer, but great on my hands!
\r\n\r\ndidn’t do a heck of a lot for me.  Which left me with a number of different creams I wasn’t going to use again.  One ofthese creams was the ROC Mulit-Correxion Lift Day Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  Sounds like great stuff, doesn’t it?  It’s not bad, as far as creams with sunscreen go.  However, for me, moisturizers with sunscreens usually clog my pores and are difficult to remove.  As I once again discovered with this particular moisturizer.  Yet the price point of this product is one that made me think twice about consigning it to the circular medicine chest.\r\n\r\nNow, when we’re at a department store beauty counter, we’ll often test a cream on the tops of our hands.  So, I thought: why not try this moisturizer on my hands as both a wrinkle reducer and for sun protection!  For my hands, this product works great as a special hand sunscreen, a hand wrinkle reducer, and it faded the age spots.\r\n\r\nI now have a great hand-specific sunscreen that shaves a year or two off their age as well!\r\n\r\nIn winter, though, I have a different problem: extremely dry cuticles, that become more irritated from a number of other household tasks and from hand washing lingerie, sweaters and other delicates.  Over the years I’ve tried just about every cuticle treatment found in salons and drugstores: all the Sally Hansen stuff, that great but expensive Solar Oil, and have even used straight Sweet Almond Oil (which is a great body moisturizer.)   Nothing has worked to keep them from cracking and peeling.\r\n\r\n
Great for cuticles too!
Great for cuticles too!
\r\n\r\nUntil I rubbed a little of my night cream–L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Texture Perfector Day-Night Cream–into my cuticles while I was applying it after washing my face.   Woke up the next morning, and there was significant improvement in the texture and softness of my cuticles.  Using it a few more times helped to heal up a significant amount of damage, including a burn to my right index finger.\r\n\r\nI was right to conclude that if this cream has been great for my face that it would work on my hands, too–I just had no idea how great it would be for my ravaged cuticles.   And it is terrific! Over and above any other cuticle treatment I’ve used so far (and I’ve used almost all of them.)\r\n\r\nSo, before you throw out that moisturizer that didn’t do the job on your face that it said it would, give it a try on your hands.  You will have saved the cost of a face moisturizer and gained a great hand cream.  :-)\r\n\r\n 

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