If the truth is not in the face, then where is it? In the hands! In the hands.
~ Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
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.
The hands, more than the face, show their years. They are often the dead giveaway of true age that good skincare, cosmetics, or medical procedures on your face can conceal. Wrinkles and age spots are also harder to treat on the hands. So be diligent about applying sunblock to the backs of hands to prevent further sun damage, and get a good hand cream to care for the hands you have.
UK blogger and TV personality, 83-year-old Joyce Williams called the media to task recently for their negative depiction of ageing in the media, interestingly over hands – see here – and thinks old age needs a re-brand. She’s even taken to Twitter to spread her positive message. #wrinkledhands
Rather than trying to hide their hands, many women-of-a-certain-age are boldly drawing attention to them with bright nail polish and showy rings and bracelets. Why not appreciate and celebrate your beautiful and hard-working hands!
My recent online treasure-hunt for Carl Apfel’s ring turned up a photo that made me marvel not only at his unique Wandering Jew ring but with his hand. Strong, tanned, full of character.
Fugitive Pieces: Amazon
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