If the truth is not in the face, then where is it? In the hands! In the hands.
― Anne Michaels,
This quote has stuck with me in the twenty (gasp) years since I first read this haunting and beautiful novel. Afterwards, I began to take note of people’s hands, and came to realize how unique they are, and how much they reveal.
Even though we may be diligent about caring for our skin and hair, our hands sometimes get neglected. As one should, we wash our hands many times throughout the day; often go out in the cold without gloves; and in the kitchen, watery tasks like washing dishes and rinsing veggies, leaves our hard-working hands parched.
Caring for your hands now, whatever your age, is critical. The hands age more dramatically than the face, and are much more difficult to repair or disguise. The skin on the hands is thin, is prone to sun-damage and therefore lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. The pigmentation spots which resemble freckles, once called “liver spots” because it was believed they were caused by liver dysfunction, are now known to be caused by overexposure to UV light. Over time, as well as being subjected to photo-ageing, the skin on the top of the hands loses plumpness and firmness due to a diminishment of collagen, elastin, and fat which makes the veins and knuckles more prominent. Think of the taunt, surgery-enhanced, lineless face of some mature actresses, whose make-up is flawless and whose wardrobe is impeccable, but whose hands give away her true decade. The truth is truly in the hands.
Prevention is always the best course of action. As we are admonished to apply sunscreen to our faces every day, the same advice goes for our hands. There are many, many hand creams on the market. Most do a fine job of moisturising, but the new generation of hand creams go beyond mere hydration, harnessing the latest research and technology of the anti-ageing cosmetics industry and applying it, literally, to the hands.
Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex actually targets the eight signs of hand ageing: firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration. It promises a visible improvement in just 10 days. And it delivers. The formula, inspired by face creams, but amped up with higher concentrations of anti-ageing ingredients, really does produce noticeable results. It is really quite extraordinary. My hands felt and looked softer the first time I used it. It has a fabulous fruity(?) fragrance and doesn’t leave the hands sticky or greasy. It is recommended for the hands and forearms only (although some apparently have been using it on their face), and suggests twice daily application.
There is a reason it is the #1selling hand cream brand.
When I was in Shoppers Drug Mart the other day, I actually grabbed Hand Chemistry off the shelf and asked the cosmetician, who had been helping me shade match the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation (more on that soon), if she had tried it. Although she hadn’t―I told her she must!―she did say that people kept asking for it and they could hardly keep it in stock.
I can see why.
I bought a back up.