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How Not to Hate Your Neck and Hands!

It is hard to believe that in just eleven days I will be leaving for Nashville and meeting many of you at the BAM conference.  Just as Julia Child looked forward to meeting Avis DeVoto, I look forward to meeting you! There are some I have been speaking online with for years…what a joy it will be to give you a hug.  Until then, let’s continue our discussion of tips from TOSS THE GLOSS by Andrea Q. Robinson.   This book is specifically written for midlife and beyond women by an industry insider.  It has so much helpful information.  I encourage you to purchase this one, for I am just touching over some highlights.

How Not to Hate Your Neck and Hands!

Let’s begin today with a question…is it wrong to desire our necks and hands to look youthful?  Of course, accepting aging is important for our own mental health and enjoyment. But, I also believe it is perfectly acceptable to assist those pesky, forgotten areas with a little TLC.   Many of us give our faces all of the attention and then one day, our eyes go to a sagging décolletage area and we wonder – what happened??? Usually, this realization begins in our forties.  Robinson believes it is never too late to begin skincare on places we tend to ignore.

She recommends three main steps for the neck and hands:

  1. Moisturize the neck morning and night as if it were an extension of your facial care. “Moisturizers provide protection for the skin by limiting the evaporation of water from the epidermis, lubricating and softening its surface, and therefore providing a comfortable and healthy appearance.”
  2. Exfoliate once or twice weekly for healthy, glowing skin. It encourages cell turnover and lessens the sunspots and crêpe-texture that suddenly seems to appear!  I have been exfoliating my neck for a couple of years and just began on my hands…it makes a huge difference as far as I am concerned. Now, I keep it near the bathroom sink for my hands.
  3. Protect all areas of your skin with sunscreen. I have the hardest time remembering my hands for sunscreen, but it is so important we do.   We need gloves in the cold, but are never around for warmer weather…so use sunscreen daily.  Remember your hands are exposed often while driving.

The author gives specifics for dealing with a jowly chin line and excessive wrinkles on the neck.  However, a good dermatologist will also help with these concerns. Now, for the hands, remember the following:

  1. Pamper your cuticles – Push them back when you are in the shower where they are warm and wet. Treat often with a cuticle oil or (I use) olive oil.
  2. Cut and shape your nails conservatively – longer lengths and nail art screams too old. A nice, round shape is less likely to break.  An occasional manicure is a nice treat and keeps them looking groomed and healthy.
  3. Wear gloves when washing dishes and doing housework to protect them from harmful cleansers, and chemicals.
  4. Keep lotion everywhere – in your purse and at your desk. I do this and find that once or twice during the day, placing lotion on my hands is a good way to calm myself and just breathe….when teaching high school, it helps!
  5. Finally, moisturize your hands every night!

This one quote says it all, “Your hands and neck can reveal telltale signs of age faster than a driver’s license, but they can also continue to be hallmarks of your natural elegance and beauty.”  That is what I want…just to know they look healthy, cared for, and show that I cared about me.

Do you tend to forget these areas…as many of us do?  Or have you had success with a particular product or technique not mentioned here…let us know.  Pull up a chair in the Joy Boutique!

Thanks for stopping by…have a great week…stay safe and warm!

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Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, <a href="http://over50feeling40.com">over50feeling40</a>, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

Maria Meylan

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Vaseline has a great handcream with SP15! Love it. Use it on the neck too.

Brenda Coffee

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Andrea Robinson knows the DNA of cosmetics and beauty, and in person, she looks fabulous! We profiled her on 1010ParkPlace.com and photographed her swanky NYC apartment. Wow!

Joan Stommen

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Must have learned this back in the day when I WAS fifty something.......whatever you do to your face, do to your neck and hands! And so I have. Still show aging...but as you point out, Pam.....at least well cared for! I tend to go through moisturizers ( the expensive, rich, hydrating ones) more quickly but it becomes habit and and you get used to it. Thanks for sharing this.....I look forward to meeting you in real life!

Karen

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

For too many years I neglected these areas while focusing on the skin on my face. It's been a few years now that I have been more aware of moisturizing my neck/chest area and my hands. My hands are kind of a no-brainer since they tend toward dryness. I'm using lotion all through the day and definitely before going to bed. My neck is getting moisturizer twice or three times daily. I have to say though, I don't use the same products on my neck and chest that I use on my face. I would be broke in no time! I often use a body oil right out of the shower before I'm completely dry in the morning. At night, it is a heavier moisturizer/body lotion. It seems to help, so that's good. I, too, have accepted that I'm 61 now and things do change. To battle and deny it would be exhausting, but I will certainly do all that I can to stay as youthful as possible in all areas of my life! I really am going to have to buy this book!

Carol Cassara

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

The best one-word advice ever for aging women is this: Moisturize!

Annah Elizabeth

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Couldn't agree more with you! Even when I've let myself go and am not happy with what my body looks like, I still try to remember to nourish her from head to toe with moisturizer, especially in these cold, winter months. Thanks for sharing!!

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