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 surgery on their hands in the form of laser resurfacing and dermal fillers to help halt the ageing process.
There’s no need to go under the knife though. With a few expert tips from a celebrity nail technician and some clever products, your hands will stay looking younger for longer.
Here’s how to age-proof your hands:
Protect Your Skin
Cold winds and freezing temperatures can cause sore, broken skin. Soothe and protect your hands by investing in Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, R330 for 100g. This little tube is our winter handbag saviour– along with a good pair of gloves – and has won countless awards thanks to the rich, non-greasy formula that sinks in instantly. Alternatively, try Vaseline Healthy Hands and Nail Cream.
Outdoors all day? A hand cream with a built-in SPF is a good idea. Try Celltone Germ Fighting Hand Cream, R139.95 for 75ml, or Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25, R89.95 for 50ml.
Fade Dark Spots
The ultimate hand hero! Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream, R625 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 Bionike Defense B-lucent Anti-Macchie Spots Hand Cream, R139.95 for 50ml, which may help prevent further age spots.
Anti-Age Your Nails
We’ve been hooked on BB creams for our face and hair for quite some time, and Essence’s Studio Nails Caring Ridge Filler, R39.95, is our nails’ saviour. This genius little bottle of tinted polish not only conceals discolouration and ridges, but also hydrates and strengthens to protect nails from further breakage. Clever stuff.
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. Our favourite is Mavala Cuticle Oil, R178 for 10ml.It’s not new, but it’s still one of the best!
Shape Your Nails
“Nails are definitely longer right now,” says manicurist Marian Newman, ‘”and are more elegant, oval and less squared-off.” Keep them neat with weekly filing and buffing, which prevents splitting and snagging, with Sorbet Diamond Nail File, R74.95.
Buff It Beautiful
In order for our skin to breathe, we must remove dead skin. For happy and healthy hands, Spalicious Limited Edition Gluwein Scrub, R450 for 125ml, is the perfect product to unveil smoother, youthful-looking hands.
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.