As a happy bride-to-be, I was so excited to be sharing photos of my new ring with good friends on social media.  But yikes, did it take me a long time time to find a shot where my hands didn’t look downright…grandmotherly.

Luckily, I don’t have the underweight problem that makes the bony paws of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker bulge with unattractive veins.

Those two prove that no matter how smooth and youthful your face may be, it’s our hands that will give away your age you in a nanosecond.

My ring-finger selfie really got me thinking about how much I take my hands for granted and now I’m on a mission to take care of them.

As the years pass, skin on the hands thins, causing veins to become more prominent and liver spots to appear.  While make-up  will disguise the tell-tale signs of ageing on the face, it’s a lot trickier with hands.   We also tend to lose weight in our hands as we grow older, making veins and wrinkles become more evident.  Prolonged exposure to the sun will also speed up the ageing process.

If you feel like you need serious help Toronto’s Visage Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic offers a combination of  fillers, laser resurfacing and fat transfer for minimizing the appearance of veins, tendons and those horrid brown spots.

If you’re not quite ready to go down that road, it’s never too late to start taking good care of those precious mitts:

– Remember to wear rubber gloves when washing dishes or gardener’s gloves when mucking in the dirt.

– Use gentle fragrance-free hand and dish soaps. Look for moisturizing liquid cleansers and bar soaps containing glycerin, petrolatum or sunflower oil.

– Apply hand cream immediately after washing to seal in moisture. Ingredients to look for are glycerin, petrolatum, shea butter or safflower seed oil.

– For plumping, look for creams with hyaluronic acid which helps to draw water into the skin.

– Keep creams handy:  beside the sink, in a desk drawer, in your purse and  in the car.

– Slather on the cream at night and wear cotton gloves to bed for maximum moisturizing effects.

– For daytime, make sure your hand cream contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+.

– To fade age spots, try a lightening cream. These contain hydroquinone (reduces blotchiness) or alpha-hydroxy acids (boosts cell turnover), which are considered safe but can irritate some people’s skin.