hand-y hints

You can turn back the clock

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Better You -

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.

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