We often worry about the lines on our face, fretting over every new wrinkle or patch of dry skin, but when did you last turn your attention to your hands?
Here, Karen J. Gerrard, founder of SEAMS handcream, shares her handy tips and tricks for supple, age-resistant skin.
Take time for a little TLC
Always on show and exposed to the elements, Karen says it’s no wonder our hands can reveal our true age.
She explained: “It’s important to treat your hands as lovingly as you would the skin on your face, keeping them soft and supple and smooth.
“Moisturising regularly is the key, and you can’t ever over moisturise!
“Use cream at least three to four times a day, and every time your hands have been in water.”
Prevent and protect
“We should always wear gloves when doing the washing-up or housework,” said Karen.
“Harsh cleaning products and constantly washing our hands can dry the skin and lead to damage.
“I would also recommend massaging the palms of your hands and stretching regularly, especially when working long hours on a computer or doing repetitive actions such as sewing. Try putting your hands in a prayer pose then press your fingertips firmly together.”
Drinking plenty of water is great for our skin health, including the hands.
“Use your forefinger and thumb to pinch a bit of skin on the top of your hand – if it takes a long time to bounce back, you could be dehydrated,” said Karen. “So go turn on the tap!”
Healthy hands, healthy body
Our cuticles and nails say a lot about our overall health, so it’s important to keep an eye on any changes.
Karen explained: “Nails can reveal a lot about your health, especially in connection with the liver, heart and lungs.
“Healthy fingernails are pinkish in colour and smooth without discolouration.
“However, pale, yellow or brittle nails may indicate a vitamin deficiency or infection.”
Eye up ingredients
Karen said: “In handcreams, look for shea butter to help moisturise, macadamia and rosehip oil to soften, pro-vitamin B5 to protect the skin, and beta-glucan to hydrate and reduce the signs of ageing.
“Swiss garden cress will also even skin tone.”