HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS

Our hands say so much about us and are one of the first things people notice. While we all remember to take care of our face, this can't be said for our hands… The skin of our hands is fragile too, exposed to environmental aggressions every day whether it is cold weather, cleaning products, UV rays, water, pollution, humidity, dry heat etc.. So what's at risk? They can become damaged and age prematurely. Keep your hands looking beautiful all year round by following our beauty tips!

4 BEAUTY TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL HANDS

TIP 1: CLEANSE

Cleansing your hands is the first essential step to looking after your hands, but this step in your routine also involves an enemy we tend to forget: water! Every time you wash your hands, make sure you wipe them dry thoroughly, so that the water doesn’t dry your skin. To prevent your hands from drying out, avoid using hydroalcoholic products. Opt for soaps with gentle formulas, like the Verbena Liquid Soap, enriched with shea butter extract and aloe vera.

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TIP 1: CLEANSE

TIP 2: EXFOLIATE

Your body and face always have a good scrub – but your hands need exfoliation too. Once or twice a week, use an exfoliator that's designed for the hands and is gentle on the skin. This will help remove dead skin cells and leave your hands ready to soak up all the benefits of your moisturizing hand cream. The Shea One Minute Hand Scrub is formulated with shea butter, sweet almond and grapeseed oil, is rich in Vitamin E and contains the essential fatty acids to help nourish and soften the hands in just one minute.

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TIP 2: EXFOLIATE

TIP 3: MOISTURIZE

So what's the secret to beautiful hands? Hydration, hydration, hydration! Your hand cream should be your faithful companion, ready to be applied whenever needed, to help maintain the hydrolipidic film that naturally protects your skin. It needs to be able to nourish, moisturize and protect your hands. An effective hand cream contains fatty substances and moisturizing agents, such as shea butter, as well as antioxidants, such as Vitamin E. This moisturizing blend lies behind the success of the Shea Butter Hand Cream, which has been L'OCCITANE's best seller for over 20 years.

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TIP 3: MOISTURIZE

TIP 4: TAKE CARE OF YOUR NAILS

Another secret to beautiful hands is strong, well-looked-after nails and protected cuticles. Your cuticles are at the base of your nails and they play an important protective role – so it's important to look after them. The Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil nourishes and softens cuticles, for stronger, shinier nails. It's also important to feed your nails. To keep them really healthy, make sure you eat foods rich in biotin, such as pulses, soybeans and almonds.

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TIP 4: TAKE CARE OF YOUR NAILS

HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS IN SUMMER

The sun is known to accelerate skin aging. What's the risk? The skin on your hands can start to show signs of aging after constant exposure to the sun (dark spots, slackening, etc.). This can be seen even before the effects it has on your face, which is usually better taken care of. As soon as the first rays of sunshine appear, remember to protect your hands (as well as your face) with a sun cream or moisturizer with SPF.

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HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS IN SUMMER

HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS IN WINTER

In winter, the cold weather and wind tend to dry out your skin, making it more vulnerable to sensations of tightness and discomfort. So make sure you keep your hands well moisturized at all times, and never be without your hand cream! Evening is the best time for cell regeneration, so make the most of it, by lathering your hands in cream. Leave it on all night long, then wake up to hands that are the softest they’ve ever been. 

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HOW TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL HANDS IN WINTER
HAND MASSAGE

HAND MASSAGE

After exfoliating your hands, your skin is ready to soak up all the benefits of your Shea Butter Hand Cream. For maximum absorption, massage the cream into the skin, then give yourself five minutes to relax.

1) Apply. Massage two dabs of cream over the palm and the back of the hand, up to the wrist, with circular movements.  

2) Fingers. Massage each finger in turn, from base to tip, starting with the little finger and finishing with the thumb.  

3) Between tendons. Lightly rub your thumb along the spaces between the joints, working up to the wrist.  

4) Wrist. Massage the wrist with circular movements (3 times).

5) Palm of the hand. Massage the palm with circular movements (3 times).

6) Sweeping strokes. Massage your hand with wide strokes, from the fingers to the wrist (3 times).

SHEA BUTTER: A L’OCCITANE TRUE STORY

SHEA BUTTER: A L’OCCITANE TRUE STORY

For over 20 years, L'OCCITANE has put its beauty expertise into the Shea Butter Hand Cream. The success of this best seller dates back to 1980, when Olivier Baussan, founder of the brand, and Yves Millou, a specialist in natural cosmetics and essential oils, brought together their knowledge and their passion. The intense moisturizing blend that lies at the heart of this cream would never have been possible were it not for our partnership with the women of Burkina Faso.  Thanks to their expertise, they are responsible for both the production and the quality of L'OCCITANE shea butter. In 2015, the brand purchased 750 tons of shea butter from these women. Every 3 seconds, a L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream is sold somewhere in the world.  Find out more about the recipe for its success…  

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SHEA BUTTER: UNBEATABLE HYDRATION

SHEA BUTTER: UNBEATABLE HYDRATION

Shea butter has been used in Africa for thousands of years. According to the legend, Queen Nefertiti owed her beauty to this ingredient and its extraordinary benefits. The shea tree grows in the wilderness, in the savannahs of Western and Central Africa. The fruits of this tree, about the size of an avocado, contain a nut, which in turn contains a very oily, whitish kernel. This kernel is processed to obtain the famous shea butter.  Shea butter contains Vitamins A, E and F, karitene and essential fatty acids, which give it moisturizing, repairing, protective and softening properties. It's the ultimate ingredient for perfectly moisturized hands!

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