Dry, sore hands that are beginning to turn red through constant washing. Now’s the time to take action.

Constantly visible, our hands reveal neglect more than any other part of the body.

They are constantly exposed to extremes of temperature and the dehydrating effects of water and have to battle with the daily onslaught of detergents and pollution.

But now during these troubled times another hand aggressor has popped up constant hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers.

The skin on  the hands is thinner than the face and there is less fat to camouflage winkles and outstanding views and fewer oil glands to moisturise them naturally.

Hands reveal your age too. As the skin ages it gets drier and the collagen and elastin, which helps keep it smooth and toned, begin to break down.


The first step to beautifying your hands is to nourish them. Get into the habit of massaging your hands with a rich cream for five minutes each night to moisturise the parched cells and wear a pair of cotton gloves in bed to keep the moisture close to the skin.

As an anti-ageing measure chose one of the rejuvenation hand creams that also prevent tell tale age spots. In the morning, or if possible after every wash, get into the habit of applying a cream to protect the skin and prevent moisture loss.

Keep some hand cream by the sink at home, a rich one by your bedside for night time moisturising, one in your handbag – try a mini or travel size for this task and one in your desk drawer or locker.

As they say on Dancing on Ice and Strictly we have chosen in no particular order our top ten handcreams.

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment – www.clarins.com

Neals Yard Wild Rose Handcream www.nealsyardremedies.com


Lush Helping Hands – www.lush.com/uk

Sisley Restorative Hand Cream – www.sisley-paris/co.uk

Pure Anada Shea Unscented Handcream – www.liveinthelight.co.uk/collections/hands

Time Bomb Hand to Hand Combat Hand Cream – www.timebomb.com

Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream – www.sanctuaryspa.com

Sarah Chapman Overnight Hand & Nail Treatment – www.sarahchapman.com

L’Occitane Shea Intensive Hand Balm – uk-loccitane.com

Forever Living Aloe Propolis Cream –  https://shop.foreverliving.com/retail/shop/shopping.do?task=viewProductDetail&itemCode=051



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