Take 10 Years Off Your Hands

When it comes to your face, your anti-aging skincare routine is down packed – strong UV protection sunscreen, hydrating daily moisturiser, light eye creme and wrinkle fighting serum. Your hands? Not so much. If you don’t have a plan in place for looking after your hands – now is the time to start. Our hands are often the first indicator which gives away our age.

There are many factors that contribute to having mature looking hands. But don’t stress! Use these simple, at home remedies and treatments to have your hands looking younger in no time!

Age Spots

They are a common thing in adults and appear on our skin as a result of overexposure to the sun. Having sun spots on our hands can unfortunately make the appearance of our hands look even older. So, what can we do to reverse this? Use lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid which can help bleach or lighten the area of the dark spot, making it less visible to the naked eye.

Start by squeezing the juice of half a lemon into a container. Dab the lemon juice, using your index finger, directly onto the sun spots on your hands. Repeat as many times as necessary until all sun spots have been coated. Leave the lemon juice on the skin for 30 minutes and allow for it to dry.

Rinse thoroughly and repeat the process 2-3 times weekly.

Apply this treatment in the evening only before going to bed. Remember – Any skin brightening treatment, including this natural one, will leave your skin extra sensitive to the exposure of sunlight. So, apply sunscreen to your hands and wear gloves when driving the car to help keep your hands out of sunlight and help prevent further sun spots from reappearing.

Dry, Flaky Skin

A lack of moisture and dehydrated skin is a certain indicator of ageing skin – particularly when it’s on your hands! This simple recipe will help lock moisture back into the skin also helping remove any dead or flaky skin – by giving your hands an instant lift.

Into a medium sized bowl mix 5 tablespoons of raw, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of raw honey and the juice of one whole lemon. Stir the mixture until it becomes consistent.

Firstly, start by cleansing your hands with lukewarm water then pat dry with a clean towel. Apply the mixture onto your hands and work into the skin by using circular motions on the outer and inner areas of the hands. Take your time to massage the mixture into each hand individually, massaging each finger and nail bed, before taking both hands and massaging them together before finally, removing the mixture off you skin with warm water.

Raw, brown sugar is a great inexpensive alternative which acts as a natural skin exfoliant, helping remove any dead or flaky skin on the skins surface.

Honey is another ingredient packed with antioxidants and is also an known natural antibacterial. By adding honey to this hand scrub your skin will receive a boost in it’s complexion and overall appearance – giving off radiance, while also aiding in locking in moisture in the skins epidermis.

If you find your hands are still lacking moisture after applying this hand scrub, try using a natural coconut oil as a moisturiser or alternative to a hand creme. Apply a tea spoon of coconut oil in-between your hands and massage the oil into the hands and cuticles of the fingers and fingertips.

Coconut oil contains naturally fatty oils essential for hydrating and locking moisture back into the skin. It works by penetrating deep into the skin – conditioning, moisturising and softening the overall appearance and feel of the skin’s surface.

TIP: Coconut oil is great to be massaged into the cuticles of our nails to help prevent  the over growth of the skin on the nail bed. Also, use coconut oil to moisture the dry areas of knees and elbows to help prevent cracked skin.

Brittle Nails

While looking after our skin is important, however maintaining neat and healthy nails is an essential step to having younger looking hands.

If you suffer from weak nails; foods high in protein and fatty acids like  Omega-3 might be what you’re missing in your dietary intake. While some people prefer to take vitamins, you can also try eating plenty of foods high in protein. Foods such as oily fish like tuna and salmon as well as plenty of leafy greens such as kale, spinach and broccoli. These foods work on helping support scalp health also aiding support for a stronger nail surface.

For a quick DIY manicure look, it is important to keep your nails at a good short length – so, nothing above the tip of your fingertips. Start by cutting and buffing the nail, ensuring nails cuticles are moisturised before going in with a coloured nail varnish. Remember a light pink or natural colour is a great way to keep your hands looking younger but also keeping your nails looking fresh.

Avoid applying colours too dark or bright to the nail. This look can seem unpolished when the nail varnish starts to chip and is more difficult to maintain.

About The Author

Branka Duric

Beauty Editor experienced in writing on Fashion, Beauty, Health & Skincare.