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It’s often stated that our hands are usually the first body part to show our age. The thin, fragile skin of our hands is subjected to almost constant sun exposure, making it more susceptible to the age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage that we work so hard to avoid showing up on our face. But keeping your hands looking youthful isn’t rocket science, and can be achieved with just a few simple adjustments to your home and routine.

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Here are 8 all-natural remedies for your hands that will keep the signs of aging at bay.

1. Make it a point to wear gloves when cleaning and gardening.

Keeping your hands covered when handling dirt, mud, or cleaning agents is the easiest way to keep your hands soft and moisturized! Those with latex allergies can rest easy, because there are many different kinds of protective gloves that are widely available today, like vinyl, nitrile, and neoprene. Find them in the cleaning aisle of any grocery store or supermarket.

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2. Choose a gentle hand soap to stock by your sinks.

Some soaps are too harsh and can leave your skin feeling tight and dry. Look for a hand soap that has a moisturizing agent, like the coconut oil in my Foaming Antibacterial Hand Soap.

3. Don’t bite your nails or pick at your cuticles!

Keeping your cuticles soft and moisturized will help you avoid the temptation, even if you only have chapstick on hand. Chapstick works wonders for treating small patches of dry skin!

4. Exfoliate often.

This helps remove dirt, germs, and dead skin while improving circulation and adding moisture! It’s super simple to make your own hand scrub that will leave your hands feeling clean, moisturized, and incredibly soft. Get all the details at Make Your Own Gardener’s Hand Scrub.

5. Wear sunscreen!

Yes, even on your hands! Sun damage is one of the biggest contributors to premature aging, and can leave the skin on your hands looking spotted and wrinkled. Select a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for the most protection against the sun’s damaging rays. And don’t forget to reapply often!

6. Reduce age spots.

You can fight existing age spots on your hands using natural remedies as well. I’ve collected several of these remedies for age spots and posted them over at 10 Natural Remedies For Age Spots You Can Find In Your Kitchen.

7. Moisturize often!

Regular moisturizing is the key to soft, smooth hands that will stay that way for years to come. Try these convenient and easy-to-make Lotion Bars that are perfect for carrying around on-the-go, or whip up a batch of luxurious homemade Body Butter.

8. Essential oils

Frankincense, Lemon, and Lavender essential oils act as a lightening agent to help reduce the appearance of age spots and promote overall skin health and elasticity. Our All-Natural Healing Salve contains all three, and is a great salve to keep “on hand.” (Get it??) 😉 To get a jump start on healing extra-dry hands, slather a thick coat of All-Natural Healing Salve all over your hands before going to bed, and pull on a pair of gloves. Let the salve soak in while you sleep, and wake up to softer hands!



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