matters Prevention is better than cure, as they say, so when doing the household chores or manual work, get those digits covered.
Beaute Des Mains by Dech!or (£10 for 50ml; 020 7402 9474) not only keeps hands silky soft, but also promises to prevent premature ageing with regular use. A cheaper option is Nivea Hand Age Defying Creme Q10 Plus Intensive
(£4.09, 100m!), which works in a similar way, using co-enzyme Q10 to stimulate the turnover of cells. Two of my faves include Clarins Jeunesse du Mains Hand Cream (£14,from department stores) - expensive, but with the Clarins name behind it you know you're in for a treat - and Jurlique
Cream (£14.45 for 40ml. 020 8841 6644), a super-rich, all-natural, non-sticky formulation that is absorbed easily and leaves your hands smelling like freshly-picked lavender.
Forget eyes being the windows to the soul.Thestate of your hands can reveala multitude of tales you might prefer to keep to you rself,says
back to health. Atrixo
Regenerating Treatment with Liposomes (£3.79, 75ml; from chemists) delivers intensive moisture, using liposomes, vitamin E and
ands up, how many of you are guilty
to take care of your hands, with handcare
of neglecting your lO-fingered friends? I'm meticulous about skin
products ranging from £2 to £52, how do
avocado oil and soaks in instantly. Borghese's
you know which one to buy?
To aid your quest for soft, young-looking
care for my face, I apply moisturiser to my
department stores) are best used at night, as
hands, here are some top hand-helping tips.
arms and legs religiously, and even my
they are quite bulky and you won't be able to do much while wearing them. They might
behind gets more pampering with lotions
take a bit of getting used to, but are well
and potions than my hands have ever done. And, according to a recent survey by Nivea,
Keeping your hands clean is an integral
worth it. A cheaper option is to invest in
I'm not alone. More than 74 per cent of
part of keeping healthy, but water and
cotton gloves and wear them overnight on
women questioned worry if their hands are
cleansers can strip hands of their natural oils.
top of a product such as Intensive Night
dry, yet only 31 per cent moisturise them.
So it's important not to use cleansers that
Hand Serum by Marks & Spencer (£7.50). It
are too harsh. Barefoot
contains time-defying Retinol. leaving you to
As these results show, many of us neglect
the skin on our hands, more so than any
Hands Wash (£3.99 for 300ml, from Boots)
other part of our body. This,combined with
has gentle ingredients that mean it can be
external factors, such as sun exposure and
used as often as you wish, without drying
wake with beautifully soft hands. If you really fancy a treat, I'd recommend the 60-minute Jurlique De-Luxe Hand
harsh detergents, means hands begin to
out the skin. Fresh Soy Soap (£11, 200g;
look years older than the rest of the body.
from Selfridges or Liberty) is another
In Nivea's survey, more than 89 per cent
cleansing product gentle on the hands.
treatment that includes a pampering
believe hands are an important part of their
Using soy,which contains all the amino
aromatic hand bath with organic essential
appearance, yet a staggering 64 per cent
acids the body requires to rebuild itself, and
oils, a gentle exfoliation, followed by a mask,
(£36,020 8995 2293; A salon
apply hand cream only after their hands
shea butter, this little wonder bar is a must-
and an indulgent hand and arm massage.
become dry and chapped. Even if you want
have accessory for any household sink.
Hands will have never been happier!
BootsCompleteCareHandand NailCream(£1.35,75mltube) ....
VaselineIntensiveCareHand& Nail(£1.30, 75m!)
strengthby 33 per cent, and is lanolin-free.An
that is completely non-greasy. I noticeda definiteimprovementin the softnessandappearance
effectivebut light moisturiserthat really softens skin, and it did leave my nails feeling
Finally, if you have neglected time to nurse them
,.I,. .. u......o&:'.aIL
of my hands and nails
after only a few weeks of
BUDGET HAND CREAMS
NeutrogenaNorwegianFormulaHand M&SHandFormulaHandandNail Lotionwith SPF15(£5,100ml) Creamunscented(£3.99,50mltube) 'Thisconcentrated 'Contains all-important anti-ageing properties. All-day h,,,..t cream glides onto mOisturisingwithout feeling leaveyour hands magicallysilkensoft.It's a treat on my chapped, post-DIY hands. A great emergency rescue:
greasyandit hasa really
pleasant smell. However, I didn't notice much
improvement in the condition of mynails: