What do your hands need? The same that your face does, plus more! If you compare the skin of your hands with your face, you will notice that the hands are showing off your age even more. Why? They are exposed to UV just as your face is, plus they are exposed to even more stress if you wash them often or, because of your profession you use use disinfecting gels, or if you do the dishes again and again, or, like me, had a lifetime in the laboratory exposed to acids, liquid nitrogen and who knows what else.
How does the stress show? Dry skin, mottled appearance, scars here and there, thin skin and loss of subcutaneous fat making the blood vessels show in relief. And let’s not talks about the nails!
What to do? Make your own “do it yourself” DIY hand cream.
Implements you will need:
A small spatula or mini-whisk, paper towels to cover the surface where you will work, isopropyl alcohol ($2 for 16 oz. at pharmacy or supermarket) to sterilize your implements, a small bowl for mixing all your ingredients. I use a spray bottle to dispense the alcohol. Plus a notebook where you will write all the details so, if you like the result of your experiment, you will be able to duplicate it.
Note: the SA Beginners kit includes several of the required items (those marked with *).
One large 8 oz empty jar*
One 4 oz. jar of Skin Actives Canvas cream* or a simple base cream or lotion you like
1 oz Every Lipid serum
1oz of Skin Actives collagen serum (this is not optional, SA Collagen serum will provide the nutrients your skin needs to follow the instructions given by the retinoid. Epidermal growth factor will complement the instructions.
2 mL Skin Actives antiox booster*
Add 5 grams of petrolatum (adjust to your preference/need). Star low because you may need to get used to the texture but remember that the most expensive creams in the market (including some that are priced at $300 per oz.) use this ingredient, which will cost you $2 for 16oz at the supermarket.
Do not add essential oils or fragrance, they may worsen the irritation and stinging, this is NOT what you want to do yo skin that is already having a bad time!
You can do all the mixing at room temperature. Use a spatula or a small whisk until you get an homogeneous cream.
What about your nails? They will get better when you use this hand cream, because it is your skin that makes your nails, but for accelerated benefits, you can use Skin Actives nail duo.
DISCLAIMER: These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.