If there’s one area of the body that’s often neglected in the grooming game, it’s the hands. But in the words on one Pretty Woman, “Big Mistake. Huge.” Not convinced? Here are five reasons you should really start showing your mitts some TLC. Stat!
They give your age away.
Forget the hips, it’s the hands that don’t lie. Like your face, they’re near constantly exposed to the elements (heating, UV rays, pollution, germs), so it makes sense they’ll show signs of ageing faster than other body bits. As collagen, elastin and fat break down, sped up by the sun, hands can fast lose volume and appear saggy and crepey.
Constant sun exposure = pigmentation.
As well as speeding up the ageing process, constant sun exposure, especially when driving, can leave you with uneven skin tone and age spots. This patchy appearance is often more ageing than the wrinkles and fine lines. So always remember to apply SPF 50 to the backs of your hands before leaving the house!
They’re easily parched.
How many times a day do you wash your hands? Harsh soaps, constant washing, air conditioning and exposure to detergents quickly sucks the moisture out of your mitts. So a quality, non-irritating moisturiser especially created for your hands is essential. Especially during winter when cold winds can cause chapping. Try Nutraplus Repair Hand Cream, which provides long-lasting 24-hour hydration to quickly soothe dry skin and dermatitis.
The skin here is naturally thinner.
The skin on your hands is thinner than other areas and it faces a barrage of abuse. So it’s vital to create a healthy barrier. Nutraplus Barrier Cream (which can be used in conjunction with the Repair Cream) has a 20% lipid content and forms an invisible glove-like barrier to keep hands soft, intensely hydrated and protected. Dermatologist tested, it’s free from irritating fragrance and parabens, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.
Chipped nails are not a good look.
We love polished nails, but they can fast look shabby if they chip and split. So try not to leave polish on for too long, and let your nails go commando from time to time to avoid weakening (especially if you’re a gel main fan). Keep cuticles nourished with a hard-working hand cream (add an oil if they’re super dry), and remember to always apply a protective base coat to prevent nail discolouration.