PIGMENTATION, FINE LINES AND DEHYDRATION DON’T JUST AFFECT YOUR FACE. SO GET YOUR HANDS BIG-DAY-READY WITH THE BEST NEW PRODUCTS AND EXPERT TIPS…
DERMATOLOGIST DR NICK LOWE FROM THE CRANLEY CLINIC IN LONDON SAYS HE’S SEEN A 50% INCREASE in bookings for handrejuvenation treatments over the past year, from clients wishing to tackle thinning, dehydrated skin, age spots and pigmentation because of prominent blood vessels. The treatments? Chemical peels, microdermabrasion or laser therapy – but even a great mani can help. Krisztina van der Boom of DryBy London explains: ‘Having regular manicures can improve the health of your nails by helping to prevent any cracking and infections.’ There’s a lot you can do at home, too…
Protect from the sun One of the biggest problems for skin is UV exposure, which leads to fast-tracked age spots and discolouration issues. The skin on our hands doesn’t hold as much fatty tissue as the other parts of the body – meaning that when it’s exposed to sunlight, the collagen and elastin (which give skin that ‘plump’ look) are broken down. This results in wrinkles and veins becoming more apparent. There’s no quick or easy way to stop skin ageing, but investing in a hand cream that has added SPF will help to reduce the signs, and is a step in the right direction for healthier-looking hands. Dr Anjali Mahto of London’s Cadogan Clinic adds: ‘Using hand creams can be an important part of our skincare routine. Hands are one of the most exposed parts of our bodies and vulnerable to changes,’ she explains.
Over time, exposing your hands to water, harsh cleaning products and hand sanitiser can lead to dermatitis, irritation and chapped skin; this happens because you strip the hands of their natural barrier. So what can you do? ‘Swapping your soap to a pH-neutral one will make your hands feel less dry after use, putting on rubber gloves whilst cleaning will protect skin, and in the winter months, get into gloves early to shield your hands from the cold. Your hands will thank you later,’ advises dermatologist Dr Mona Gohara.
BEST NEW PRODUCTS AND EXPERT TIPS FOR YOUR HANDS Photo Gallery
YOUR HAND-HELPING KIT BEST FOR THINNING
Plump up skin with this hit of moisture and retinol (which reduces uneven pigmentation and signs of lines). Wear overnight, wake up to more supple hands.
Super Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Treatment, £6.50 (members) or £40 (non-members), beautypie.com
CHANEL LACRE BEST FOR SHOWING OFF THAT RING!
A rich and velvety balm, this luxe product is the perfect ally for dry and delicate hands. And just how chic is the packaging? La Creme Main, £45, chanel.com
BEST FOR HYDRATION
This serum-oil is a floral-smelling cocktail of eight powerful oils rich in vitamins and antioxidants to help fight signs of ageing, restore moisture and keep nails healthy.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnig ht Hand And Nail Treatment, £39, net-a-porter.com
BEST FORAGE SPOTS AND PIGMENTATION SERIOUSLY CHAPPED SKIN
The best fastabsorbing cream we’ve tried that’s not sticky.
Cicaplast Mains Barrier Repairing Cream, £6.50, laroche-posay. co.uk Q is enriched with glycolic acid to help remove dead cells (which can dull skin), alongside aloe vera and jojoba oil to nourish and soothe.
Liquid Gold Rose Hand Cream,
£25, Alpha-H at cultbeauty.co.uk