You can have all the facelifts you want but if you don’t look after your hands then they’ll be a dead giveaway of your real age. If you don’t give a hoot about showing your age then just think about how great it feels to have soft, healthy looking hands and you’ll soon be motivated to use your favourite hand creams several times a day. While your run-of-the-mill hand creams are great for everyday use, sometimes you need a little extra boost to keep the skin on your hands moisturised, supple and healthy. Which is why I’ve put together this fabulous list of anti-aging products to keep your hands looking youthful and beautiful.
1. Filorga Hand-Filler
This anti-aging mask for hands and nails is a hero product of note – they help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots and make hands look and feel younger. These miracle gloves are super easy to use and after just 30 minutes will leave your hands looking like they’ve just stepped out of a health spa. All you need to do to give your hands a much-needed boost is clean your hands thoroughly with soap and then wear the product infused gloves for 30 minutes. I recommend you do this while doing something low-maintenance like watching TV.
I tried these gloves out a little while ago and am now obsessed with them – every time I use them my hands emerge feeling baby soft and looking like they’ve just had a facelift. The gloves also do wonders for your nails and really help to moisturise your cuticles and nail bed. The gloves can be re-used for several sessions and Filorga recommends that clients use the gloves three times a week for five weeks to see the full benefits of the treatment.
Available from Red Square stores and Red Square online at R580 a pair.
2. Black Pearl Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream
This hand and nail cream is perfect for ladies with very dry skin. The super fabulous cream gives your hands and nails a powerful boost of nourishment and moisture with long-lasting protection from the elements. If you live in a dry climate like Joburg or suffer from dry, cracked hands then this product will be a lifesaver of note. The formula contains Tahitian black pearl powder, seaweed and the Dead Sea minerals that work to take care of and protect the skin of the hands.
I’ve used the product on my hands and cuticles a few times now and am loving the effects. You only use a little bit of product every time so it seems like the large tube will go a long way. Fans of the product have been known to use one tube for over a year! I also love that the product soaks in easily and quickly – it gives your hands a boost without making it feel greasy.
Available from selected stockists in South Africa at R399. Stockists include Die Boord Pharmacy (Stellenbosch), Western Cape), Crystal Clear Skin Care (Parkwood, Johannesburg) and the Marine Hotel (Hermanus, Western Cape). For more stockists email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Crabtree and Evelyn Gardener’s Hand Recovery
This stuff is like Rescue Remedy for hands. The intensive, shea butter-rich treatment instantly softens dry, or work roughened hands and is perfect for those who love to spend time potting around in the garden. With scents of fresh green clover, lavender, sage rosemary and thyme the gentle exfoliator is beautifully refreshing and a real treat to apply day or night. Combine it with a Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream and your hands will feel 21 again!
If your hands are feeling a little bit rough after a tough job cleaning, moving or cooking then you need to give this product a try. It gently exfoliates and leaves your hands feeling as good as new. The scrub is made for the hands but you can also use it on your feet when giving yourself an at–home pedicure – your feet will thank you! Runners might also want to give it a try on their feet as it helps to treat cracked heels and skin.
Available from Crabtree and Evelyn stores nationwide at R380.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.