se­crets to younger-look­ing hands Wave good­bye to the tell­tale signs of age­ing with our top tips and tricks

Wave good­bye to the tell­tale signs of age­ing with our top tips and tricks

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No mat­ter what we do to our faces in an ef­fort to look younger, there’s one area that will al­ways give the age game away – our hands. So what can you do to keep your hands look­ing youth­ful? Well there’s plenty, ac­tu­ally…

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Ban­ish brown spots One of the first signs of age­ing on your hands are small brown marks, or age spots. In the der­ma­tol­o­gist’s clinic, laser and chem­i­cal peels will be used to treat pig­men­ta­tion – but to repli­cate this type of treat­ment at home, look for prod­ucts con­tain­ing cit­ric acid, which will im­prove your skin’s ap­pear­ance.

2

Health­ier nails It’s not just the skin on your hands that ages. Nails can age too – the clas­sic sign is deep hor­i­zon­tal ridges down the nail. Com­bat this by gen­tly buff­ing each nail and then smooth the sur­face with a base coat. Be care­ful not to over-buff your nails as this can leave them brit­tle and weak.

3

Use an SPF We know we need to pro­tect our faces year-round from the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of UV rays, but why not our hands too? Pro­tect yours with a high SPF ev­ery day. Choose one that comes in a con­ve­nient tube that you can pop in your hand­bag and reap­ply through­out the day as needed.

4

Try a nude man­icu re Self- con­scious about wrin­kles and brown marks on your hands? A bright nail colour might draw un­wanted at­ten­tion to them. In­stead, opt for a classy nude, which will cre­ate the il­lu­sion of longer fin­gers and make hands look more el­e­gant. Choose a shade that’s close to your skin tone and ap­ply a few coats for nail per­fec­tion.

5

Mo is­turise, Mo is­turise! Our hands go through a lot of trauma we wouldn’t ex­pose our faces to. Cold weather, strong de­ter­gents, clean­ing prod­ucts that con­tain bleach, end­less hand­wash­ing… the list goes on. Ap­ply­ing a hand cream at least twice a day, in the same way you ap­ply mois­turiser to your face, will keep your hands look­ing good. It will also form a bar­rier to soothe and calm red­ness and ir­ri­ta­tion.

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