Anti-Aging Manicure

Photo by: CN Digital Studio

HOW-TO

1. Trim or file nails to an eighth of an inch; short nails look young. File them in one direction (sawing back and forth weakens them), creating a slightly

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Photo by: CN Digital Studio

HOW-TO

1. Trim or file nails to an eighth of an inch; short nails look young. File them in one direction (sawing back and forth weakens them), creating a slightly rounded square shape. Smooth ridges with a nail buffer.

2. Fill a bowl with equal parts warm water and whole milk (the lactic acid helps exfoliate). Make sure there's enough to cover both hands. Add a few drops of skin-softening vitamin E oil. Apply cuticle oil to each finger and soak for five minutes. Blot hands dry and push back cuticles.

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Tue, Sep 17, 2013 4:36 PM EDT
Brooke Le Poer Trench, Allure

A friendly wave, two thumbs-up, flipping the bird-our hands can be expressive communicators. But they also reveal things you may not want people to know. Like, oh...your birthday. Researchers in England found that most people can accurately estimate a person's age just by looking at her hands. Sun spots, veins, prominent joints, wrinkles, then skin-they're the dermatological equivalent of being carded every single day of your life. The problem, of course, is that our hands are constantly exposed to the elements, "yet people don't think to take care of them, says dermatologist Francesca Fuscco. Treating the backs of your hands with the same respect-and products-as your face will subtract years, because anti-aging ingredients (AHAs, retinol) work the same in both places. And that's not all you can do. Simply slapping on some nail polish will make your hands appear younger, but you have to choose wisely: "Bluish reds and whitish nudes highlight flaws like veins and spots; true reds and soft pinks are far more flattering," says manicurist Jin Soon Choi. And an extra-glossy topcoat "makes your hands look healthier overall," says Choi. Thumbs up to that.


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