You can really tell a person’s age just by looking at their hands. We tend to focus more on our faces and necks when we want to hide our age but you can easily age-proof your hands to really make them look younger.
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Choose the Right Nail Color
A good manicure can really help transform your hands but you need to choose a polish that can help your hands look their best.
If you have dark spots on your hands, avoid nudes and colors with a brownish hue because they will make the spots seem more obvious.
Some of the best nail colors for younger looking hands are:
- Fair Skin: Retro Blush Pink—try Light Pink
- Medium Skin: Coral Orange- try Maya
- Olive Skin: Hot Orange- try Pop Orange
- Dark Skin: Bright Mint Blue- try No Room for the Blues
Colors to stay away from:
- Fair skin: ditch dark colors including black, dark blue, as well as avoid wearing yellow, orange, gold and green.
- Medium and Olive skin: stay away from colors like dark purple, navy blue, red (if not orange-based one), bronze and too pale pastel tones.
- Dark skin: stay away from silver, white, yellow, orange, screaming neon and pale pastel tones.
Camouflage Problem Areas
If you have age spots or fine lines on your hands that you want to hide, you can easily camouflage these areas. Take a pea size amount of your liquid foundation, not powder, and add it to your daily hand cream.
Rub the mixture all over the back of your hands to make the problem areas disappear.
Once a week, shake out your hands and use some olive oil to gently give yourself a hand massage. Rub all the way up your fingers and around your palm in a circular motion.
This will help increase blood flow and help tighten up sagging skin. The olive oil will help hydrate your skin.
The thin skin on your hands is very susceptible to sun damage. To help diminish sun spots and prevent new ones from forming, apply a serum that contains Vitamin C or Kojic acid over your hands once or twice a day.
The Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Corrector is a good serum to try.
To really help prevent sun damage, apply sunscreen or hand cream with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. You should be wearing sunscreen everyday anyway but really make sure you apply it to your face and hands, even in the winter.
I like using the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70. Yep, this redhead has to use as much SPF as I can get!
Take Care of Cuticles
Dry skin and cuticles can really age your hands. To keep your cuticles under control apply Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover once a week and gently push back the skin.
You can also apply cuticle oil before bed to prevent any ragged skin.
Use a shiny topcoat when you get a manicure instead of a matte topcoat. The matte topcoat can highlight dry cuticles.
Stop using Anti-bacterial Soap
Nothing dries out your hands more than washing them. When you wash your hands, stay away from anti-bacterial soap. It strips your skin of protective oils and removes all of the good bacteria that is on your hands.
Instead, use a pH-balanced cleanser like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.
Instead of keeping gel hand sanitizer in your purse, use gentle alcohol-free hand wipes like Johnson’s Hand & Face Portable Wipes.
The alcohol in the hand sanitizer can suck all of the moisture out of your hands and leave them dry and cracked.
After you wash your hands, apply a hand cream. To help improve collagen production and elastin, use a shea-butter formula like Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream.
This will help prevent the look of thin and crinkled skin. To really be safe, you can wear some gloves when you do the dishes and other cleaning chores.
By using these tips, you should be able to age-proof your hands in no time. Let us know if you do anything else to make your hands look young and gorgeous.
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