You can turn back the clock
The telltale signs of ageing don’t stop at wrinkles and greying hair – hands can be the first to show traces of the years. Daily care is a must. Here are four things that could be making your hands look old and how to reverse them.
1 Reduce age spots
Brown patches are not related to age, but sun exposure. If you’re a gardener, drive a lot or spend time outdoors, you will probably have them.
What to do Protect your hands by applying a sunscreen with SPF30 or higher and use a hand cream formulated to lighten the spots. Try Anti-spot For Hands, $31.95, Mavala. Whitening Hand Cream, $18.50, Elucent (top right).
2 Prevent dry skin
Busy hands end up in conditions unkind to skin, like detergents and cleaning products. What to do Wear protective gloves and use a nourishing cream daily to replenish moisture.
Try Everyday Hands, $15.95, Dr Roebuck’s (top left). Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream, $22.95, The Jojoba Company (top middle).
3 Strengthen brittle nails
Water and chemical exposure, along with seasonal changes weaken nails. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about supplements. What to do Use a hand cream formulated to improve nail strength and maintain good skin condition every day.
Try Hand & Nail Cream, $19.95, Revitanail. Hydra8 B5 Hand Cream SPF15, $49, Medika8. Moisture Rehab Overnight Nail Serum, $16.95, Sally Hansen.
4 Wear flattering colours
The wrong nail polish for your skin tone will make your hands look older. But the right one will soften blemishes. What to do Check which work best by putting sticky tape over a few nails and testing shades. If in doubt, bright corals, orangey reds and soft pinks suit all skin colours. Have brown spots? Avoid beige nudes and brown shades. Try Color Therapy in (left to right) Rosy Quartz, Aurant You Relaxed and Kook A Mango, $16.95 each, Sally Hansen.