Updated: Nov 20, 2020
When it comes to stopping ageing, your minds may automatically cast to preventing wrinkles around the eyes or sagging skin around the neck and décolleté. But how often do you think it’s time to start taking care of your hands?
Along with the eyes and neck, your hands are one of the first areas to start displaying signs of ageing. As well as developing age spots and wrinkles, we lose collagen naturally over time, which means that skin on our hands can begin to look thin and sallow.
Yet, many of us don’t do much more than apply a dollop of hand cream – and when you think about what our mitts go through in day-to-day life, that just isn’t good enough.
Now, we’re not saying you should walk around wearing gloves all year, but it’s just as important to protect your hands from the sun, as it is to shield your face and neck. Therefore, we need to remember to apply a good SPF to our hands regularly.
Dr Stefanie Williams, A dermatologist from London explains, "Our hands are constantly exposed to the elements including UV radiation. As with the face, application of SPF30-50 is mandatory, if you want to prevent premature skin ageing on the hands."
Exposure to UV "is known to induce oxidative stress in the skin, which promotes premature ageing". Additionally, UV "induces an enzyme called MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) that degrades collagen". This is on top of collagen that we naturally lose through ageing, which causes the skin to sag and become sallow.
As part of my mission to look as good as I can, for as long as I can, I swear by using hand masks. They were never a part of my routine, but I noticed my hands were looking like “old lady’s hands” and it was not something I was happy about. Having used them and seen the amazing results, I decided to include them in my subscription boxes. They leave your hands feeling silky smooth and beautifully hydrated. I wouldn’t go a week now without using a hand mask as part of my routine, because my regular hand cream just isn't enough. Maybe its all the hand sanitizer I am using, I don’t know, but it sure has dried up my hands. If you would like to see my range of subscription or gift boxes that include hand masks, just take a peek at www.lovara.co.uk/our-store
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