Rough hands? Brittle nails? Our hands go through a lot in our day-to-day lives and usually, they are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. Hormonal changes coupled with frequent hand-washing and sun exposure can lead to a loss of skin elasticity and volume on the back of our hands, plus fine lines, wrinkles, and prominent veins. So it’s important to ensure they’re getting just as much care as the rest of the body.
It’s time to move on to proper hand masks
To prevent signs of ageing, The American Academy Of Dermatology Association recommends not only following a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids but also moisturizing our hands regularly during the day, wearing cotton-lined gloves when gardening or when cleaning with harsh soap or chemicals, and protect them with a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent age spots and wrinkles.
However, when your ordinary cream and SPF aren’t enough, it’s time to move on to a proper hand mask; a treatment method that concentrates the best skin-loving ingredients on your fingers. Yes, masks are no longer just for your face or hair: there are lots of packaged nourishing formulas out there for our hands made with aloe vera, jojoba oil, green tea extracts and collagen. But you can also make many hand masks yourself with things you’ve already got in the kitchen. In just a few minutes you can whip up a beauty treatment using common foods, like mashed potatoes and milk, avocados, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and baking soda, pineapples or banana pulps.
A hand mask work just like a face mask: apply it to the backs of your hands and leave it for 5 or 10 minutes before going to bed or before your shower, once a week, and your hands and nails will thank you. If you think these masks might be messy, don’t worry because you can either slip your hands on a pair of gloves or old socks or buy one of those ready-made miracles: jelly-like pads, patches, non-drip gloves or even foil wraps.
Powerful hand masks: our choices
Unlike normal lotions, which are meant for the entire body, hand creams are thicker and contain a higher concentration of oil. “Hand creams are thicker because hand skin is thicker,” says certified dermatologist Dr Karan Lal. “It requires more oils and lipids to restore moisture.”
The good news is that there is a powerful hand mask for everyone. Here are our favourite ones to give your hands a healthy kick.
A super-hydrating hand mask developed to restore healthy-looking skin in just 15 minutes. This intensive treatment is powered by nourishing botanical extracts to revive your thirsty hands. Work this wonder into your manicure routine for hands you’re proud to wave around. Slip them on, sit back, relax and then remove them to find your hands back at their best. Formulated with a mighty blend of fortifying plant extracts, shea butter and vitamin E.
An innovative, ultra-softening warming mask for hands inspired by professional salon techniques. This innovative foil mask uses warming thermotherapy technology, which infuses skin with a moisturizing essence to alleviate dry, rough skin. See super smooth, amazingly soft feet in just 20 minutes. You may feel a tingling sensation within 10 seconds. Please don’t worry, it is the warming thermotherapy.
These non-drip hand mask gloves are enriched with moisture-rich soy and formulated to be gentle enough for sensitive skin. Paraben-free, they are easy to use: simply wash and dry your hands, wear them for approximately 10 minutes, and remove no need to rinse.
Youth restoring treatment for the hands that includes a unique blend of 87% age renewal active ingredients and emollients which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate, and brighten the skin. Reusable 3 to 5 times
This self-warming and softening mask uses the same technology as space blankets, locking in your natural body heat to allow the coconut-infused formula to better penetrate the skin for beautifully soft and rejuvenated hands. After warming up, a mixture of macadamia oil, shea butter and rosehip oil has the effect of restoring and moisturizing ultra-dry skin.
In case you need extra care
And if age spots, wrinkly skin, or other signs of ageing are still bothering you, many clinics also offer regenerative treatments that work to slow down the ageing process on a cellular level by stimulating collagen and elastin. Age spots can be improved with chemical peels or laser treatments, hands can be plumped up with fillers. And certain laser treatments can stimulate collagen production and tighten loose skin. However, before finding a treatment, ensure your dermatologist is approved by the British Association of Dermatologists. The NHS website has a tool that allows you to find approved dermatologists in your area.