Essential steps to get younger-looking hands

They’re one of the first places to show signs of ageing

New Idea Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / September 19 2017

Hands are one of the first areas on the body to show ageing, so they require as much care as our faces. The skin is more fragile and thinner than that on our face due to a lack of fat and sebaceous glands, causing it to dry out easily. With daily exposure to detergents, soap, the sun and changing weather conditions, it’s not surprising that hands need a little extra TLC and protection.

“One way to nourish your hands is to start a regular maintenance routine,” says Mavala Switzerland trainer Tracey Winder. Try her tips to make the most of your next manicure:



Even though the skin is delicate, it also needs to be exfoliated once a week to prevent drying out. Choose a gentle exfoliant that won’t aggravate the skin like Molton Brown Alba White Truffle Hand Exfoliator.

Molton Brown Alba White Truffle Hand Exfoliator



Apply a hand-specific mask to rejuvenate and hydrate freshly prepped skin. Look for soothing ingredients like aloe vera, like Sephora Aloe Vera Hand Mask.

Sephora Aloe Vera Hand Mask



An intensive overnight repair cream will relieve damaged skin. Wear cotton gloves to bed for optimum absorption. Look for products containing shea butter and hyaluronic acid for deep hydration. Try Mavala Repairing Night Cream For Hands.

Mavala Repairing Night Cream For Hands
PREVENTION IS KEY: Apply an SPF sunscreen daily, even in winter.



If you’re concerned with brown spots or pigmentation, invest in a skin-whitening or brightening product, such as Enbacci Brightening Hand and Nail Cream SPF15.

Enbacci Brightening Hand and Nail Cream SPF15

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Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.