A reader emailed yesterday to ask for tips for dealing with dry skin on one's hands and general upkeep secret. I'm not inventing the wheel here or anything by saying that skin is skin. The same principles that guide my face skincare routine work on hands as well: sun protection, moisturizing, and exfoliation. The latter includes both glycolic/AHA (whatever I put on my face often goes on the back of the hands), and manual scrubs, since hands can take a much more vigorous sloughing.
Which brings us to a product that works beautifully: Nuxe Gentle Exfoliating Gel. I've had several GWP and samples in my beauty closet, which after an initial inspection I decided will not go anywhere near my face. I like Nuxe products very much, but a gel made with sharp nutshell bits is far too abrasive, despite the inclusion of rose petals in the ingredient list. However, it works wonders on hands, can be used on damp or dry skin and it leaves my hands wonderfully soft. The gel washes off easily (you can also wipe it with a wet hot towel for some extra pampering), smells delicate, and prepares the hands for the next step: moisturizing.
At this point, Nuxe Gentle Exfoliating Gel has become a staple that I use a couple of times a week. The tube packaging is hygienic and travel-friendly, not to mention takes up little space.
Bottom Line: Just keep it off the face.
Nuxe Gentle Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals ($26, 2.5 oz) is available from Bloomingdale's, Beauty.com and us.nuxe.com.
Photo by E.O. Hoppé, 1928.