Our hands are the first parts of our bodies that show signs of aging, but they’re often the most forgotten and neglected parts too. Investing in expensive skin creams and cutting-edge treatments to focus on our faces has become a regular part of most women’s beauty regimes, but it’s about time you started looking after your hands too. Savoir Flair turned to Margaret Dabbs, the hand and foot guru who looks after the mitts of some of the biggest celebrities in the world, and asked for her top tips on how to help hands look and feel younger and more beautiful than ever before.
Moisturizing the hands (particularly overnight) can dramatically change the way your skin looks and feels, and can help make hands look up to 10 years younger. The hands and nails naturally age as we get older, just like the rest of the body. The skin thins, the subcutaneous fat is lost, and the hands experience prolonged wear and tear, which is why the skin becomes dryer.
If you’re worried about aging hands, treat them with an appropriate moisturizing product, such as the Margaret Dabbs ‘Intensive Anti-Aging Serum’. It contains sunflower shoot extract, soy isoflavones, and lupines albus seed extract to reduce age spots, preserve the skin’s structure, and promote firmness.
Discolored or thickened nails can be reduced with a white block buffer, and if nails are thin, brittle or soft, try the ‘Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum’ (ideally used twice a day) to rebuild and revitalize, as well as to prevent infections.
When choosing a polish color, use one that complements your skin tone to noticeably brighten the skin. Paler complexions often suit sophisticated pastels, pinks, blues, greens, pale peach, and beige, while medium to darker complexions are flattered by vibrant reds, oranges, pinks, blues, light blue, lilac, silver, and darker colors.
Our hands are constantly exposed to harsh elements even when we don’t realize it, whether it’s the sun’s rays or the UV lamp used during a gel manicure. Daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen will significantly prevent premature aging of the hands, uneven skin tone, and age spots.
Nails destroyed by the over-use of gels can lead to weak, thin, and bendy nails, which then show dramatic signs of aging. Use the ‘Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum’ twice a day and you will be amazed at the speed of repair. This is a great way to wean yourself off damaging gels, especially if you are fair-skinned, as then your nails are generally thinner to start with.
Gently removing the layers of dead skin on your hands before you moisturize will allow nourishing ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively. However, exfoliators that are too abrasive can leave microscopic cuts in the skin hidden to the naked eye, often resulting in premature wrinkles as they provide an entrance for bacteria into the skin’s surface. The creamy ‘Exfoliating Hand Scrub’ uses orange peel and tiny, perfectly spherical jojoba beads to gently buff away dead skin without damaging it, replenishing the hands to make your moisturizer more effective.
Last but not least, it’s extremely important to develop the habit of caring for your hands early on in life, as this is the best preventative measure against aging. The addition of regular hand moisturization and protection to your beauty routine is the easiest and most effective way to visibly transform the skin of the hands, especially now that’s we oversensitizing our skin with the excess use of hand sanitizers.