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They Say You Can Tell A Woman’s Age By Her Hands — Are Yours Giving You Away?

March 7, 2018 By

Today, I want to talk to you about a part of your body that could be making you look older than you really are — your hands.

 

They are constantly exposed to environmental stressors like the sun, and varying temperatures.

And since they move around so much, the skin on them tends to wear down pretty quickly. So unless you’re wearing gloves 24/7, you’re probably going to see the effects of all this on your hands.

But it’s not all bad news!

Today I’m going to point out three major contributing factors that make your hands look old, and give you some tips on how to reduce those issues.

1. Roughness

 

Since your hands are exposed to so many environmental factors, it’s not uncommon for them to become dry and rough.

And dry skin emphasizes the look of any texture  you might have, so the wrinkles appear much worse than they actually are!

To remedy that, the answer is simple: you need to moisturize your hands on a regular basis.

lotion on hands

But in order to really amp up the effects of your hand cream, I recommend a method you’d usually find in cooking class.

Wrap your hands in plastic wrap.

You see, what I like to do is use a really thick moisturizer just before I go to bed — and a LOT of it.

Then, wrap your hands in plastic wrap, and slip them into a pair of gloves. That way, your hands “marinate” in moisture all night long… and you’ll wake up to fresh, smooth skin in the morning.

2. Dark Spots

 

They go by many names: dark spots, liver spots, age spots…but whatever you call them, they are notoriously difficult to get rid of.

And, contrary to what the name might suggest, they’re NOT caused by age, or your liver.

They’re caused by the sun.  So, it’s important to wear sunscreen (at least SPF 30) on your hands in order to prevent them from popping up in the first place.

But getting rid of them is another story.

Sure, you can go to the dermatologist and have them lasered off, or use harsh chemicals to lighten them… but that’s expensive, and potentially harmful.

So, not ideal. But, if you want to lighten the appearance of these dark spots, there’s an easier way — onion juice.

red onion on a cutting board

I know it sounds strange, but have you ever wondered why onions make you cry? It’s because they contain acids, and those acids aid in exfoliating your skin.

All you have to do is slice up some onions and rub them on the affected area 2-3 times a day.

Can’t stand the smell? Finely chop the onion and mix it with a couple teaspoons of honey.

Then, apply the mixture like a mask and leave it on  your dark spots for 15 minutes. The honey will reduce the smell of the onion and help it wash away more easily.

3. Outdated Manicures

 

Nail trends are constantly changing, and if you’re still rocking a look from 3 years ago, it might give you away.

So I recommend sticking with the classics.

Keep your nails shorter, no more than ¼ past the tips of your fingers, and maintain a “squoval” shape.  A squoval is a nail shape that’s rounded edges on a flat top nail.

beautiful nails

It’s a timeless look, and it’s flattering on everyone’s hands. Plus, this shape is less prone to breakage in case you have brittle nails.

When it comes to colors, stick with warm shades that are flattering for your skin tone… and avoid flashy colors.

This way, your hands will look ageless and youthful for years to come.

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