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Age Defying Tips for Hand and Feet:

Babying your face is not the only way to maintain your youthful appearance.  Hands and feet, like your décolleté, also can show tell-tale signs of ageing.  Here are some helpful tips for keeping hands and feet looking youthful.

Keep yourself well moisturised

As you age your skin begins to thin and becomes dry, so it is especially important to keep your skin well hydrated.  Apply a collagen-rich lotion that absorbs and penetrates into the skin daily on hands, feet and any other parts of the body that feel dry.

Visit your nail technician regularly

Don´t let too much time go between nail appointments.  Visit your nail technician at least every two weeks for a manicure and at least once a month for a pedicure.

Keep your nails well protected

Just as skin becomes thin and dries out with age, nails tend to become more brittle.  Protect them from damaging effect of the sun by applying a top coat with a built in sunscreen, and don´t forget about polish, which helps protect nails as well.  Moisturise nails and cuticles with a daily dose of solar oil. Your nail technician may also recommend a moisture replenishing nail treatment.

Maintain a youthful glow

As we get older, it is not uncommon for brown spots to start appearing, especially on our hands, and all those years in the sun can make hands looked more wrinkled that you would prefer.  Ask your pharmacist about a skin-lightening treatment you can use at home, which will help diminish the look of age spots.  Also, don´t forget to apply sunblock to protect your delicate skin from the harsh effects of the sun.

Take care of your feet

Toe nails receive abuse through ill fitting shoes and moisture.  Always dry your feel well and check between the toes for cracks and dryness, which allows bacteria to grow, increasing the risk of infection.  Use a nail brush and a mild scrub to gently remove the build up of dead skin cells on your feet.  If your feet are susceptible to infection or perspiration in winter, apply talc containing cornstarch or baking soda.  Cotton socks will also help to absorb moisture and draw it away from the foot area.

Take your hands and feet for a dip

Even if you’re not scheduled for a nail appointment, you may want to stop by the salon for a quick paraffin dip, especially if you suffer from arthritis or have very dry skin.

Baby your nails

While you should leave most of the work for your nail technician, you can file your nails at home. Always use a fine-grit file, which can range from a 240-400 grit, and gently file in one direction. Never file nails in a back-and-forth motion with a harsh grit file, as this can cause your nails to fray and split.

Keep bacteria away

Half of people over age 65 suffer from fungal infections on their feet. Help prevent that by using an antimicrobial cuticle oil and base coat to protect against yeast, fungus, mould, and bacteria.

If you’re sick, stay at home

If you have a contagious skin or nail disease, wait until it clears before visiting the salon again. If symptoms persist, make an appointment with a dermatologist or go see your doctor/pharmacist.

Know what you have

Allergic reactions to nail products are uncommon, but it’s important to be able to detect if you have one. Allergic reactions are characterized by redness, itching, and swelling around the nails, or irritation around the eyes and mouth.

Speak to your nail technician or visit your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.