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BEAUTIFUL HANDS

Your face looks great but what about your hands?

Hands can take a real beating from your daily activities. Sun exposure, chemical exposure from washing dishes and cleaning, extended exposure to water and dry, cold air.

Maintaining soft, young and supple hands requires a constant adherence to a diligent regimen, wearing gloves in cold, frigid, dry weather, and applying sunscreen 365 days of the year.

To prevent the natural wear and tear on your hands, you need to give them some TLC. You can keep your hands looking healthy and youthful by treating them well and keeping them protected.

After age 30, your skin gets lazy and cell production decreases by about 10 percent, making it less efficient at repairing itself. The tops of your hands, where the skin is thinner, tend to show signs of aging first from sun exposure. The skin of your palms is thicker and is usually not exposed to sunlight nearly as much. With advanced aging, the hands also lose their youthful plumpness due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and the loss of fat. Bulging veins and wrinkled knuckles will start to look more prominent.

What can you do to keep your hands as beautiful as the skin of your face?

6 Steps to Fabulous Hands:

  1. Avoid overwashing delicate hands. Wear gloves when using harsh household detergents and only wash with lukewarm water, never very hot water that can be more drying. Apply hand crème immediately after getting hands wet.
  2. Regular sunscreen wear with SPF30+ is critical to protect the skin on the top of your hands when you will be outdoors and your hands will be exposed to damaging UV rays.
  3. Brush or dab on a nail oil twice every day to keep cuticles soft.
  4. Peels are an ideal treatment for aging hands, and work the same way they do for your face and décolletage. We recommend Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel for at home use to exfoliate the surface of the epidermis, and improve skin texture and tone. Leave on for 1-3 hours or overnight, and for best results, use 2-3 times per week. Using Invsapeel regularly will also help your topical skin care products to penetrate better and more evenly.
  5. Exfoliate daily with Correcting Hand and Body Scrub , our own chemical and mechanical exfoliating system that combines salicylic acid and sugar crystals to leave hands soft, smooth and younger-looking.
  6. Ask your dermatologist, plastic surgeon or cosmetic doctor about BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® or Xeomin® or dermal fillers like Radiesse®, Juvederm® or Restylane® to help camouflage bulging veins and plump up shriveling, old-looking hands.

To keep your hands looking their best, also try the NEW Beautiful Hands by ZO Kit

With our rich moisturizing formula Nourishing Hand Crème plus three perfect polishes in ZO’s signature colors: royal blue, platinum silver and pearl white.

6 Tips for a Safe Manicure

Nothing beats a luxurious mani/pedi in a spa or salon for pampering and relaxation, but be sure that you’re getting a safe manicure without the risk of infection.

Read these 6 tips for getting a beautiful manicure without any problems or surprises:

  1. Serious nail infections can be caused by excessive cutting of the cuticle,  or the use of manicure instruments that have not been sterilized properly, or soaking tubs that are not been cleaned sufficiently in between clients.
  2. The general appearance of the salon or location does not necessarily indicate how safe and clean the instruments and tools are, or how experienced the nail technicians may be, no matter how professional, beautiful, or expensive the decor looks.
  3. Read online reviews of the salon before making an appointment, and ask your manicurist directly about any safety concerns you may have.
  4. To be on the safe side, always bring your own equipment to the salon, including nail clippers, scissors, and even files. Some salons will allow you store your own personal set right there with your name on it for convenience.
  5. Keep your instruments clean by using rubbing alcohol after every use.
  6. If you see yellow, greenish tinge or thickened nails, that could be the sign of a fungal infection that needs medical treatment. Nail infections can be hard to treat and tend to linger on, so be careful about who does your mani/pedi!

 

Tips for the Perfect Pedi

Nothing says party like a strappy pair of sandals and the perfectly pedicured feet to go with them. “With a little time and the right tools, you can give yourself a colorful and relaxing pedi right in the comfort of your home, “ says Dr. Monika Kiripolsky. Read on for Dr. Kiripolsky’s 6 tips for the perfect pedi.

Soak It: After removing old polish, fill a large bowl, tub, or basin with warm water. Add bath salts, Epsom salts, or even a dash of your favorite aromatherapy oil. Soak feet for 10 minutes, longer if they are very calloused. An interesting twist is to throw in a quarter cup of milk instead of the salts. The lactic acid in milk naturally exfoliates and compensates for the water’s dehydrating effect.

Shape It: Remove your feet from the water and pat dry. Softened from the water, toenails are now easy to trim and shape. Start with a pair of nail clippers and cut your toenails just short enough to see a bit of white at the tips. Use the natural topline of your toes as a guide to create a slightly squared shape. Avoid a rounded shape as this can promote ingrown nails. Finish with an emery board to buff down the sharp edges created by the clippers.

Push It: Next apply a cuticle oil or remover to the base of your nails. After a few minutes, push the cuticle back with an orangewood stick using a gentle circular motion. Just push the cuticle, not the skin of the toe. To avoid hangnails and potential infection, don’t cut your cuticles.

Scrub It: Next, tackle those callouses and spots of dry skin with a good foot scrub. You can use a wet pumice stone or foot file, or apply an exfoliating scrub. Look for scrubs that contain lactic or glycolic acid to help remove the dead skin cells. You’ll want to scrub the balls of your feet, bottoms and sides of your heels, and around the toes. The goal is to smooth, not remove; the tough skin is there for a reason.

5. Massage it: Ease any tension left after your soak by massaging in a moisture rich cream. Products with shea butter will go far to lock in moisture and keep those tootsies smooth. ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus promotes smoothness and overall health of your skin.

6. Polish It: Pick an eye-catching color to fit the season. Red is always a winner. Dip the brush into your polish, and wipe off any excess. Place brush in the middle of your nail at the cuticle line, and pull it toward the tip. Repeat on the sides, adding more polish, if needed. Remember, to apply a topcoat to preserve your pedi and prevent chipping.

Now – kick up those heels!