Fast Hand Fixes at Home

Two (nonmedical) experts share their DIY hand-perfecting secrets

by Nikki Ostasiewski
Curel hand cream image
Photograph: Curel

Use facial skin care—on your hands
“We wash our hands dozens of times a day and expose them to the sun. Your face would be a prune if you treated it that way,” says hand model Ellen Sirot. Her advice: By day, use cream with SPF such as Hand Perfection Day Cream SPF 15 ($15;; at night, try something richer like Curel Hand & Cuticle Therapy ($6;

Trim your nails
“Many women opt for a shorter haircut as they age because it’s more flattering. The same goes for nails,” says Christina Aviles, a manicurist who works with Dior Beauty. Because nails tend to become drier and more brittle over time, the shorter they are, the healthier they’ll look.

Use nail color as camouflage
Polish can affect the appearance of hands, says Aviles. Got spots? Opt for sheer, neutral hues (beige or honey) and steer clear of white or dark, opaque lacquers, which accentuate hyperpigmentation. Visible veins? Avoid cool hues such as hot pink (they play up blue blood vessels). Warm colors like coral or golden brown will be more flattering.

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First published in the December 2013/January 2014 issue

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