Your hands are always on show, and can be the first giveaway when it comes to your age, but the good news is, they’re easy to take care of.. with the right products…
Here’s how you can age-proof your hands:
Protect your skin
Hands are so exposed and don’t have much fatty tissue to shield them. Go for a hand cream with built-in UVA/UVB filters – try Nivea Anti-age Q10 Plus Hand Cream, R34,99 for 75ml, or The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream SPF 15, R130 for 100ml.
Use a good facial anti-ageing serum
Try it under your hand cream, it might be costly but it’s worth it! We love Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Serum, R825 for 30ml, which may help prevent further age spots and wrinkles.
Shape your nails
Right now, nails are definitely longer, less square and more oval. Keep them neat with weekly filing and buffing, which prevents splitting and snagging. Glass nail files are a good investment, like the Sharp Edge Alpen Crystal Glass Double Sided Nail File, R90.
Make a statement with colour
For a professional looking manicure, add a few drops of Mavala Oil Seal Dryer, R214 for 10ml, at the end to keep your colour from smudging.
Take care of your cuticles
It’s the hallmark of great nails, so don’t wait for a manicure! Massage in a bit of oil or cream whenever you get the chance. We’re addicted to Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, R89,95 for 13.3ml. Its not new, but it’s still one of the best.
QUICK TIP: Work a little body scrub into your nails when you’re in the shower to make cuticles clean and fresh. Try Celltone Exfoliating Cream Scrub, R150 for 125ml or The Body Shop Argan Body Scrub, R190 for 250 ml.
Keep nails looking fresh
A good-quality protective base coat will prevent nails from yellowing, and can extend the life of your polish by days. Essence The Gel Nail Polish Base Coat, R54,95 would be your best value for money.