It’s often said that our hands give away our true age, so it’s perhaps no surprise that an increasing number of women are opting for non-invasive surgery on their hands in the form of laser resurfacing and dermal fillers to help halt the ageing process. But, fear not! There’s no need to go that route if you’re not comfortable with it. With a few expert tips and some clever products, your hands will look younger for longer…
How to make your hands look younger
Protect your skin
Cold, dry wind and freezing temperatures can lead to chapped hands and broken skin. Soothe and protect your hands by investing in the delightful Gardeners Large 60 Second Fix For Hands, R850, from Crabtree & Evelyn.
Inside you’ll find two 100g tubes; one being a hand recovery treatment, the other being the much-loved hand therapy cream. Although the hand treatments are intensely nourishing, they’re non-greasy and sink instantly into the skin. Plus, they smell beautiful thanks to the fresh blend of vitamin E, rosemary and sage.
Alternatively, try this budget-friendly Vaseline Healthy Hands and Nail Cream for only R34,99 for 75ml, which works just as well for when you’re in a pinch.
If you’re often outdoors, a good hand cream with a built-in SPF is a good idea. Try locally made IQ DermaTreat Hand Cream, R44,99 with SPF 6. It’s made with nourishing ingredients to feed and rehydrate the skin, as well as protect hands from harsh UV rays.
Fade dark spots
The ultimate hand hero! Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream, R705 for 100ml, is pricey, but there’s some serious science at work here. The skin-brightening complex visibly diminishes that tell-tale sign of ageing – dark spots – by evening-out pigmented skin and providing much-needed moisture.
For a more purse-friendly option, pop a facial skin-softening anti-ageing serum under your hand cream. We like Sorbet Age Effect Power Serum, R160, which may help prevent further age spots.
Anti-age your nails
Don’t have time to head to the nail salon for a mani? Invest in your own DIY at-home nail kit instead. We know it’s an investment upfront, but it’ll save you time and money in the long run. This DIY Gel Polish Kit, R850, contains everything you need to maintain natural or gel nails, plus it comes with a handy manual to guide you. You’ll find a base, colour and top coat, plus cuticle care products, nail files, nail art, manicure brushes and more in this clever little box.
Buff it beautiful
In order for our skin to be flawless, it’s vitally important to remove dead skin.
For happy and healthy hands, try The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gentle Exfoliating Cream Scrub, R215 for 200g. It’s the perfect product to unveil smoother, youthful-looking hands and is especially formulated for sensitive skin. You can use it on your arms and elbows too. The scrub is also packed full of natural and fragrant skin softeners, like sweet almond oil and honey.
After the scrub, slather hands (and body for that matter) in their matching Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream, R70 for 30ml, to lock in moisture instantly.
Disclaimer: The information provided within this site is strictly for the purposes of information only and is not a replacement or substitute for professional advice.