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Basmah Qazi

Are your hands ageing you? 3 ways to reverse the clock

Are your hands ageing you? 3 ways to reverse the clock

As women, we spend an enormous amount of money on lotions and potions that promise to keep the skin on our face looking younger than our years. We hope that these investments will keep others second guessing, as they fight over how old we really are.

And while we hear time and time again how important it is to take care of our skin, what we fail to listen to is that this doesn’t just include our face – but our hands as well. The skin on our hands age the fastest and it makes sense as to why.

They’re constantly working hard. Whether they’re exposed to the sun for long periods of time, or they’re suffering from the drying affect of dishwashing soap when washing the dishes. And here’s the cold hard truth: The skin on your face can be wrinkle free and devoid of any blemish, but if you fail to take care of your hands, it will give away your age faster than anything else.

As we get older, a number of conditions can affect our hands. We experience bruising a lot easier, and the skin becomes thinner, exposing veins we didn’t even know we had.

Here are the steps to ensure youthful hands for eternity:

1. Moisturise

Keep a hydrating hand cream in your hand bag, on your desk, in the car, basically wherever you go, your hand cream goes too. Bonus points if it has wrinkle-fighting ingredients such as retinol or glycolic acid.

2. Protect your hands

Enjoy gardening? Or maybe you’re constantly standing by the sink washing dishes. Whatever the situation, try and wear gloves if it calls for it. Not only do gloves protect your hands from sun exposure, but also harsh chemicals that we’re regularly exposed to.

3. Eat for your skin and nails

Beauty starts from within, and while it may sound like a cliché, it’s an important lesson to understand. A diet rich with nutrients will stop the clock faster than expensive skincare. Look for ingredients such as Omega-3s, B vitamins, vitamin C, antioxidants and protein.

Do you have any anti-ageing tips you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.