Fight the signs of ageing hands

You may have the body and face of someone ten years younger, but neglected hands are a dead age giveaway. 

Give your hands a mini-facial
Caring for your hands means more than rubbing a bit of hand cream in when you remember.'Give your hands a mini 'facial' once a week. Gently rub an exfoliater on your hands and then soak them in warm water with a drop of milk. Pat dry then apply an oil to nourish them, using a hand cream to seal the oil in. Try wearing cotton gloves overnight to help your skin absorb hand cream better. We lose moisture from our hands every time they come into contact with water so get into the habit of applying hand cream throughout the day. Have some by the sink or by your computer at work, and reapply two to three times a day – when you come back from the bathroom, or after washing up or eating.

Protect your mitts
It's vital to protect your hands all year long. Wear an SPF factor on them, especially in the peak summer months. And in winter wear gloves to prevent damage from cold weather. If you have very dry skin from manual work or you're in the kitchen a lot of the time, applying a barrier cream first can help protect your hands.

Provide nourishment
For damaged or chapped skin you need a cream containing anti-inflammatories. Choose lavender and chamomile and avoid creams containing citrus or flowery ingredients, which can increase soreness and irritation.

If you have sensitive skin, again go for the herbal lines such as geranium or rose. Do a patch test on the back of your arm before applying a hand cream.

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