June 25, 2008
A Helping Hand for Your Hands
MADONNA may still have the body of a twentysomething, but her hands are a tell-tale sign of her true age.
Many of us slap on the pricey face creams in the hope of keeping wrinkles and lines at bay, but few of us consider anti-ageing care for our hands.
We test out a range of hand creams and treatments to find out what you should be investing in.
Creative Luxury Spa Manicure
Price: pounds 24 (lasts an hour).
Venue:: Refined Skin Care and Beauty Spa, Earlsdon Street, Earlsdon, Coventry.
A TOUCH above a basic manicure this is a relaxing, refreshing and deeply moisturising treatment ideal for weary and careworn hands.
Initially your nails are prepared with all traces of dirt and old nail varnish removed. Cuticles are treated using a special lotion to loosen any hard or dead skin.
This is soaked away in a petal-strewn handbath before the cuticles are trimmed and removed and solar oil is slicked across them to protect and moisturise.
The highlight of the treatment is a hand and arm massage using a scrub packed with fruit AHAs which lift dead and dull skin, leaving you with a fresh, clean feeling.
To boost the exfoliation and moisturisation a cream lotion is then applied, to help push the AHAs deep into the skin.
Your hand and arm are then wrapped in tissue and towels.
Miraculously once these are removed, the exfoliant and lotion has practically disappeared leaving skin all glowing and silky smooth.
A finishing 'seal' of moisturiser is applied and massaged into your arms and hands before nails are buffed and painted. You even get a quick dry in a UV hand drier to prevent smudging.
Verdict: A great pick-me-up for dry and tired hands after the harsh wintry weather and great for soothing and smoothing neglected nails and skin. Call 024 7667 0202 or visit www.refinedbeautyspa.com
Spend Dr Hauschka Hand Treatment
Price:: pounds 55 (includes consultation and Neem Oil Pen). Lasts 1 1/2 hours.
Subsequent treatments pounds 45.
Venue: Balance Skincare Studio, Highfield House, Highfield Terrace, Leamington.
THIS isn't just hand care, the Dr Hauschka hand treatment benefits the entire being.
A full facial to the hands which benefits body and mind, leaving you completely relaxed, energised - and your hands look pretty good too.
Under the expert care of Elaine Sadler, treatment begins by being shown into a room that couldn't be further from the idea of a clinic with fresh flowers, candles and the heavenly aromas of the Dr Hauschka's natural products.
You begin by submerging your hands and forearms into a warm sage arm bath, and you are given a consultation. The treatment continues with gentle stretching relaxation movements to the head, neck and arms in preparation for hand and arm lymphaticstimulation, using Dr Hauschka oils.
The holistic products are made from plants from the company's own biodynamic medicinal herb garden, hand-harvested at sunrise to capture the plant's vitality at its very best.
While the rhythmic massage techniques use a holistic approach to support the skin's ability to regulate and heal itself.
Before having the treatment, my nails were brittle, forever chipping and breaking. Elaine gave me a Neem Nail Oil Pen to use which I've used daily, and I've been amazed at the result. My nails are the longest and strongest I have ever known them.
Verdict: The hand treatment was so good, I've booked in for a facial next. Call 01926 430 988 or visit www.drhauschka.co.uk
Laser Skin rejuvenation
Price:: pounds 190 (currently on offer at pounds 152), 1/2 hour session.
Venue:: Enliven Cosmetic Laser Clinic, The Gables Medi Centre, Holbrook Lane, Coventry.
I ARRIVED at the surgery with trepidation wondering what I was letting myself in for.
I was greeted by manager Julie who immediately put me at ease. She talked through a few things in a very relaxed and informal manner before I was introduced to Dr Bodalia, who would be performing the procedure.
I was told exactly what would happen and the end result I could expect.
In the small sterile treatment room, photos were taken of my hands. I was told to expect the feeling of an elastic band being "pinged" on my skin and goggles were placed over my eyes and the procedure began.
I can only describe the feeling as mildly uncomfortable, not painful at all. Dr Bodalia is such a gentleman, passionate about his work, calm and thorough, it totally put me at ease.
After the laser treatment, I was again reminded that my hands would 'scab' over at first, then the scabs and any age spots would fade within two to three weeks.
As I am in my early 60s, I do have age spots on my hands and they have suffered over the years, but after three weeks, not only had all marks disappeared but my hands looked enlivened and youthful.
Verdict: A minor miracle! I would recommend this amazing treatment without hesitation. Call 024 7666 3722 or visit www.enlivenlaserclinic.com
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