Rejuvenate Your Hands With Aromatherapy
Every woman knows that her hands reveal the truth about her age. No matter how much money is invested in cosmetic surgery, absolutely nothing can be done surgically to turn back the hands of time with your hands! We use our hands to communicate and express our feelings to everybody we meet, so this makes it vitally important to care for your hands properly to keep them feeling soft, smooth, and looking good.
Unfortunately, our hands can succumb to dryness and chapping during the autumn and winter months, especially if you’re out first thing in the morning or late at night when it’s bitterly cold. And conventional wisdom says that once the damage has been done to these precious and vital assets, there can be no turning back the clock for them. This statement may come as a shock to you, but can it really be true?
Fortunately this isn’t true, and there are many things you can do to protect your hands in the first place, and it’s never too late to make improvements. But to do this we must start the defensive action right now, and all you’ll need are the right aromatherapy carrier oils and few essential oils to protect and rejuvenate the most age-revealing parts of your body.
The skin on the back of your hands is some of the thickest on the body, which is just as well when you think what they have to go through in daily life. Harsh detergents and soaps can have a devastating effect on the hands if they are used regularly, plus the drying effects of the harsh winter elements – this is why natural soaps are so much better for you.
The skin on your hands really does need intensive, deep penetrating hydration and nutrition. Of course you mustn’t forget the preventative approach to your hand care too, so be sure to use rubber gloves when washing up. Never put your hands into very hot water unless you are wearing gloves.
Thankfully though, carrier oils meet all of these needs, plus adding certain essential oils can actually help rejuvenate the hands too. You’ll find my list of the most effective essential oils for revitalizing your weather-beaten hands listed in the sidebar. And best of all, when you make these treatments yourself at home they cost much less than leading brand-names, and are far, far more effective too. So let’s get to it!
Carrier oils for hands
There are some very simple aromatherapy treatments that can be used to help protect, soften and revitalize your hands. Carrier oils such as sweet almond, apricot, coconut, macadamia, moringa and peach are all quickly absorbed into the skin and perform wonders at softening the hands. Calendula oil works absolute miracles on sensitive, dry and chapped hands that have been subjected to the biting winter winds.
For an effective over-night treatment, massage the hands with borage, evening primrose, coconut, jojoba, moringa, or macadamia carrier oils. Only a small amount of oil is needed, and gentle circular massage movements will ensure that all of it is absorbed into the skin. They are all highly effective oils for this purpose, but my preference is for macadamia oil since it is light, deep penetrating and not at all greasy.
Whilst you are giving your hands a well deserved treat, give them a really good massage treatment as well to really get the blood flow moving. Use small circular movements with your fingertips over the back of your hands and right up to your finger joints, front and back. This will stimulate the circulation in your hands bringing a fresh, rich supply of oxygenated blood.
Then massage the back of your hands with your thumbs, and work your way right up to your wrists. Your hands will feel energised and refreshed with the increased blood flow, whilst the oils will work to soften your skin and encourage radiance and vitality. Remember to massage over your nails and cuticles daily to help prevent splits and breaks.
For a truly intensive treatment regime, choose one of the essential oil recipes from the side panel and use it regularly. In fact, for the best results be sure to take advantage of your special hand treatment at least once a day, or better still twice, if you can manage to find the time. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Moisturising your hands before retiring to bed should ideally become a part of your hand-care routine for life. Always remember to gently massage the hands until all of the oil or cream has been absorbed. Follow this simple routine and you should be well on the way to seeing a more youthful appearance in your hands by the time winter finally has arrived.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2013. Written by Sue Charles