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Age-proof your hands

 | July 23, 2012

Don’t let your hands give your age away.

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In our struggle to keep ageing at bay, two body parts that turn traitor and bamboozle those plans are the neck and hands. While it’s easy to camouflage the former with a luxe cashmere wrap or stole, but hands? That takes a bit of work to smooth out ageing’s telltale sign.
Like a magician, though, a bit of make-up know-how can trick the eye into making the hands free of lines and wrinkles. Mix a pea-size amount of your liquid foundation to your favourite hand cream. Rub it in to instantly camouflage wrinkles and age spots, while smoothing out the appearance of fine lines. Use a foundation with built-in SPF (15 or 30) to protect hands from harmful UV rays that can bring about premature ageing.

For intense therapy, invest in hand creams that have age fighting ingredients. Dry hands will absolutely love the luxurious feel of Panpuri Rose Absolute Cashmere Cream. You can instantly feel the difference, thanks to its unique plant sugar that binds water to the skin and keeps it hydrated. Shea butter is also favoured for its hydrating benefits, thanks to the high essential fatty acids content. Perhaps that’s also the reason why L’Occitane’s hand cream is sold one in every three seconds around the world!

You can also give your hands a youth boost by doing a weekly mini spa. Place hands over a bowl of hot water (be sure not to burn them) and let the steam soften your skin. Then, apply vegetable or olive oil and rub your hands together with a handful of oatmeal. This natural scrub will exfoliate dead skin and turn rough hands softer. Wash hands clean then apply a hydrating mask to the back of your hands to restore lost moisture. Choose one with collagen such as from The Face Shop, or Kimberly Sayer Hydrating Antioxidant Facial Mask with its “plant pseudo-collagen” that helps rebuild hand’s collagen and elastin.

One of the major concerns for ageing hands is also the loss of fat and connective tissue around them. This often results in hands that turn hollow or look sunken, with veins popping up. A dermatologist can help plump hands back with the use of injectable fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane or Perlane. The results last up to two years, but they do come at a steep price. For age spots, zap them using Intensed Pulse Light treatment, a non-invasive treatment with lasting results.


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