Take it from the French, moisturising is absolutely key. By making simple beauty errors, or not following a constant regimen, you could be prematurely ageing yourself. And it’s one step in particular we all admittedly leave out from time to time that is ageing us more than we think.
A new study has shown that having dry skin on your hands can age you by an average of nine years. In a survey conducted by UK company Harvey Water Softeners, participants were shown six different hands owner by people of a variety of ages, half of which were dry, and the other half were not dry.
When shown the dry hands, almost 70% of the participants guessed that the owner of these hands were older than their actual age, where only 5% of participants guessed their correct age. One person even thought that one set of hands belonged to an 80 year old, when in actual fact, they were just 27 years old.
However, when participants were shown well moisturised, ‘non-dry’ hands, they guessed that the owners of these hands were younger than their actual age over 50% of the time. Moral of the story? By simply keeping your hands well moisturised, you’ll be actively reducing your chances of premature ageing, or at least avoid being mistaken for an age well above your own.
Try these hand creams to ensure that your hands are receiving optimum moisture and absorbing essential anti-ageing ingredients.
L’OCCITANE Almond Delicious Hands
The L’OCCITANE Almond Delicious Hands offers a non-greasy and intensely hydrating formula to nourish and soften dry, rough hands.
“It goes into skin so easily and absorbs quickly leaving hands lovely and soft.” – Ninna
$30 at Adore Beauty
Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream
Weleda’s Pomegranate Hand Cream works to hydrate dry hands and minimise the appearance of age spots. This powerful and protective formula is rich in skin-firming ingredients like pomegranate seed oil, sesame oil and organic shea butter.
“This handcream seems to give my hands a lovely all-over even appearance to the skin. It is a white cream with a light sweet fruity sort of scent.” – clearcrystalwater
$19.95 at Adore Beauty
NIVEA 3-in-1 Anti-Age Hand Cream
Designed for daily application, NIVEA’s 3-in-1 Anti-Age Hand Cream visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles, protects the skin from harsh UV rays and prevents UV-induced age spots.
“The relief from dryness was almost immediate. The change to the dry crepe backs of my hands was dramatic over the first week.” – Katherine.LB
$4 at Chemist Warehouse
Dermal Therapy™ Anti-Ageing Hand Balm
Dermal Therapy’s Anti-Ageing Hand Balm was reformulated in mid-2020, offering its most potent and effective balm to date. It’s formulated to repair the loss of firmness, visibly lighten age spots and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
“I have enjoyed using this product and would repurchase in the near future. It soothed dry hands immediately and within a few days I can already see noticeable difference even with constantly washing of hands.” – Caryl597
$9.69 at Chemist Warehouse
Mavala Switzerland Anti-Spot Hand Cream
For smooth, younger-looking hands, Mavala Switzerland’s Anti-Spot Hand Cream uses complex botanical extracts to tone down and prevent the appearance of pigmentation and sun damage.
“This hand cream works wonders. My hands looked much older then the rest of me because I have really sensitive skin and I’m always washing them for work.” – Jessie Newton
$31.95 at Mavala Switzerland
Nu Skin® Hand Lotion
Rich in hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and aloe vera, Nu Skin’s Hand Lotion ingredients list reads like that of your favourite anti-ageing serum. So why not treat your hands to the same care as you would your face?
$22 at Nu Skin®
*This article has been updated since its original publication.
Main image credit: @harrietwestmoreland