Did you know your hands can give away your age faster than any wrinkles or grey hair? In fact three-quarters of British women believe their true age is betrayed by their hands, according to a study. But if you think your hands only start looking wrinkly after the age of 50, then think again, as 42 per cent of ladies quizzed claimed their hands started looking old when they turned 34. Also, 33 per cent of married women admitted they felt self-conscious on their big day because they felt their rings drew attention to any mature looking or damaged skin.
If this study by British brand Transformulas has made you look at your hands and think you could do more to hold back the signs of ageing – then fear not, Belle About Town has come up with five simple tips to help you maintain youthful hands.
1.Use a good quality hand wash. This will ensure you do not strip the natural oils in your skin whenever you clean your hands. Try Caribbean Island Wild Flowers Hand Wash, £16, by Crabtree & Evelyn. It is very moisturising which is no surprise as it is made from avocado, honey and aloe vera extracts. The lovely scent of wild flowers and tropical fruits evokes the feeling of relaxing on a tranquil Caribbean island. What more can you ask for from a handwash? Buy it from www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk.
2.Exfoliate once a week. Removing dirt and dead skin is vital in maintain youthful hands. Make sure you take off all your rings before using a scrub to ensure you clear away the build up of dead skin under your rings. Try using The Harley Medical Group Replenishing Exfoliator, £35 once a week. It is infused with vitamin C to eliminate impurities which reveals a tighter and brighter skin complexion. Buy it from www.harleymedical.co.uk.
3. Hydrate your nails. It is important not to neglect your nails which can become dry and brittle if they are not maintained. Try Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil, £16.50, from the O.P.I collection this is designed to restore essential moisture and nourish dry cuticles. It contains super antioxidant tocotrienol which is a thousand times more powerful than regular Vitamin E. Buy it from www.liberty.co.uk.
4.Use a moisturiser throughout the day. This is especially important after washing your hands. Try Lovely Lanolin Antibacterial Hand Cream, £8.99. The great thing about this is that it instantly kills 99.9 per cent of germs, while moisturising your skin so it is a great alternative to normal antibacterial gel which strips the skin. This is great to use every time you wash your hands as it skins in quickly to nourish the skin without feeling sticky. The tube is slim and it fits nicely into your handbag so there is no excuse not to use it regularly. Buy it from www.victoriahealth.com.
5. Target pigmentation to hold back the signs of ageing. These patches or spots often results by various factors including hormonal imbalance and excessive UV exposure. Try the Eau Thermale Avène D-Pigment Riche, £35, which is a corrective treatment for hyperpigmentation that is suitable for sensitive skin. The cream has a soft velvety texture. Use it at night before you sleep to really let it sink in and work its magic. And wake up to glowing skin. It also aims to erase dark spots and smooth irregularities with regular use. Buy it from www.boots.com.