HOT - Botox as a Treatment for Depression

A new study to be published in the May issue of The Journal of Psychiatric Research finds that it may be possible to treat depression with Botox injections, which prevent patients from frowning.

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Seventy-four patients with major depression were randomly assigned to receive either a Botox or placebo saline injection in a double-blind trial. (While there is evidence that the blind was at least partially breached, surprisingly only about half of the patients who received Botox injections guessed correctly. Furthermore, a patient's ability to discern which injection he or she received had no significant effect on treatment response.) Six weeks after the injection, 52 percent of the subjects who received Botox exhibited relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who got the saline injection.

The idea that our facial expressions can enhance, perhaps even create, emotional responses isn’t new (Charles Darwin proposed the theory of “facial feedback hypothesis” way back in 1872: “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensi­fies it,” he wrote). Neither is the theory that, by inhibiting one's ability to frown, Botox can improve one's mood. Back in 2008, psychologists at the University of Cardiff in Wales provided an anxiety and depression questionnaire to 25 women, half of whom had received Botox injections. While those who received the Botox didn't say they felt any more attractive than they had before the injection, they did report feeling less anxious and happier (suggesting that Botox's ability to boost one's mood can't simply be attributed to its ability to boost one's appearance).

There are many reasons, the authors of the study to be published in The Journal of Psychiatric Research speculate, why Botox may help alleviate the symptoms of depression. "First, frowning may affect the way people feel about themselves when they look in the mirror and the way others respond to them," they write; Eliminating a person's ability to grimace will logically cause them to interact more positively with those around them, boosting their mood.

Finally, and most dramatically, the authors hypothesize that the act of frowning in itself may be a depressant. In other words, our brain monitors "the extent of our facial muscle contraction and muscle tension" (i.e.our facial expressions) and adjusts our mood accordingly; Muscles tensed up into a grimace will cause the brain to generate the corresponding emotional experience. Botox treatment, the authors predict, "would interrupt the normal circuitry, reduce distress signals to the brain and thereby influence mood in a favorable way."

Botox or no Botox, the study illustrates that our facial expressions are important. Choosing to give into our dismal mood and frown – instead of smiling through any internal unpleasantness – may impact our ability to adopt a sunnier outlook.

Not only that, but our emotions are highly contagious. Because we tend to mimic the behavior of those around us, we are highly susceptible to "catching" each other's' moods. Both negative and positive emotion can spread through an office much like a cold does.

Maybe the solution is Botox for everyone. Or perhaps it's simply to heed the advice we all got (and rolled our eyes at) as children. The next time you face a rainy Monday commute, go ahead and try it: Turn that frown upside down and see what happens.

5 Best-Dressed Celebs At The Academy Awards 2014

The Academy Awards 2014 just held, Oscar trophy have been given, many clothing latest styles of hollywood artist, curious? Here are 5 Best-Dressed Celebs At The Academy Awards 2014

1. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the 2014 Oscars

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the 2014 Oscars

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Actress Kate Hudson was the epitome of Old Hollywood glam at this year's Oscars. She literally took our breath away in a gorgeous white Atelier Versace gown with a plunging neckline and attached beaded cape. Exquisite is the only word to really describe the way she looked.

2. Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena at th 2014 Oscars

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena at th 2014 Oscars
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While her hubby Matthew McConaughey was busy taking home the Oscar for Best Actor, Camila Alves was silently stealing the style spotlight behind the scenes, thanks to her stunning light pink long-sleeve gown (complete with a cape) by Gabriela Cadena. It's out of this world beautiful and so is she!

3. Emma Watson in Vera Wang at the 2014 Oscars

Emma Watson in Vera Wang at the 2014 Oscars
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Emma Watson has always been a risk taker when it comes to red carpet fashion. For the 2014 Academy Awards, she took a walk on the wild side and opted for a semi-sheer, sparkly metallic gown by Vera Wang. She styled her hair in a messy half up/half down 'do (which we're obsessed with) and added a pop of bold red to her lips.

4. Anna Kendrick in J Mendel at the 2014 Oscars

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel at the 2014 Oscars

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Anna Kendrick was all about the unexpected at the Oscars last night. The actress/singer showed off some serious skin (and leg!) in a daring black J Mendel dress that featured all sorts of funky things, including a sheer midriff panel that had a wild red snowflake-like design going on. Weird? Yes. But we couldn't take our eyes off her.

5. Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli at the 2014 Oscars

Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli at the 2014 Oscars

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There's no getting around the fact that Kristen Bell's light gray Roberto Cavalli corset gown was one of the hautest numbers of the night. Not only did she look like a total ice princess in it (which, by the way, was her goal), but she also looked like she'd never popped out a baby before. I mean, how great is her body?

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Antioxidant Tiron Is An Anti-Aging Skin Miracle

Tiron- the antioxidant can protect the skin against sun damage and even prevent premature aging.

The study was conducted by researchers at Newcastle University. The team said that Tiron can provide "100% protection against mitochondrial DNA damage."

Antioxidants are natural or man-made compounds that delay cell damage. Fruits and vegetables contain several types of antioxidants such as beta carotene, lutein and lycopene.

As our skin is exposed to more and more of the sun’s rays, especially UVA and UVB radiation, DNA within skin cells are broken down due to oxidative stress, which causes skin’s elasticity to wear. A study out of Newcastle University revealed the antioxidant Tiron could be the anti-aging miracle we need to keep our skin looking younger, even into old age.

Ultraviolet A radiation has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin and damage the DNA by generating free radicals. The best antioxidants prevent this destruction by targeting the mitochondria or the "power house of the cell."

For the study, researchers looked at the efficacy of known anti-oxidants such as resveratrol (found in red wine) and curcumin (found in curry) and compared it with the latest compound, according to news release.

The team first treated skin cells with antioxidants and exposed them to UV A radiation at doses that humans normally experience on a summer's day.

They then used polymerase chain reaction to copy the skin cell DNA and look at the levels of change in the genetic material.

The team found that Tiron- 4, 5-Dihydroxy-1, 3-benzenedisulfonic acid disodium salt monohydrate- provided a 100 percent protection against mitochondrial DNA damage. However, the wine compound resveratrol and turmeric compound curcumin provided just 22 percent protection.

But, you won't be seeing Tiron in food or cosmetics soon because it still needs to pass several tests including a toxicity test.

"To discover that Tiron offers complete protection against UVA damage is exciting and promising, however, it is early days as Tiron is not a naturally occurring compound and has not yet been tested for toxicity in humans although there have been a few studies on rats," said Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University.

The study was funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Unilever and is published in The FASEB Journal.


Although ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) is considered the leading cause of skin reddening and sunburn, recent studies show that ultraviolet A radiation (UVA) has the ability to penetrate the skin's surface, damaging our skin through oxidative stress. Oxidative stress, also known as free radical stress, is caused by an imbalance between reactive oxygen species that results in the deterioration of DNA and ultimately collagen, elastin, and the skin’s supportive fibers. When collagen in the body is broken down, the skin will start to lose its elastic quality, causing wrinkles.

"To discover that Tiron offers complete protection against UVA damage is exciting and promising, however, it is early days as Tiron is not a naturally occurring compound and has not yet been tested for toxicity in humans although there have been a few studies on rats," said Mark Birch-Machin, professor of molecular dermatology at Newcastle University, in a press release.

Birch-Machin and his colleagues from the university compared Tiron’s effect on UVA radiation exposure and free radical stress against other antioxidants, including resveratrol found in red wine, turmeric found in curry, lycopene found in tomatoes, antioxidants found in green tea, and cosmetic creams. The research team focused on each antioxidant’s effect on mitochondria, also known as the batteries of skin cells.

Researchers treated skin cells with each of the antioxidants and exposed them to a dose of UVA equivalent to what we would experience on a warm summer’s day. Skin cell damage was assessed by copying DNA through a polymerase chain reaction machine. Tiron was able to provide 100 percent protection against mitochondrial DNA damage, including 100 percent UVA protection and 100 percent protection against oxidative stress.

Other antioxidants that were compared against Tiron did not have the same success rate with preveting UVA damage. Resveratrol was only able to protect the skin against 22 percent of both UVA and oxidative stress, and curcumin offered eight percent protection against UVA and 16 percent oxidative stress prevention. Researchers say the next step in developing a viable Tiron based sunscreen will be testing the toxicity of compounds based off of the antioxidant’s makeup.

"This finding on Tiron provides us with a platform to study an antioxidant - preferably a naturally occurring compound with a similar structure which could then be safely added to food or cosmetics," said Dr. Anne Oyewole, also from Newcastle University.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 95 percent of UV radiation that reaches Earth’s surface is UVA. UVB radiation may be more intense than UVA, but we are exposed to UVA 30 to 50 times more than UVB. Tanning beds, which emit UVA doses as much as 12 times that of the sun, have been linked to a 75 percent increase in melanoma risk among teenagers and adolescents. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, causes over 8,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Ref: Oyewole A, Wilmot M, Fowler M, Birch-Machin M. Comparing the effects of mitochondrial targeted and localized antioxidants with cellular antioxidants in human skin cells exposed to UVA and hydrogen peroxide. FASEB. 2014. | natureworldnews

25 Brands For Holiday Season This Year

Wondering which brands devote resources to families during the holiday season? We've found 25 brands that help out when it really counts. Add some holiday giving to your shopping list.
As you approach your holiday shopping list, keep these 25 brands in mind. Each helps out families during the holiday season.
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Macy's

For the sixth year, Macy's has kicked off its Believe program benefiting Make-A-Wish. Embracing the spirit of imagination and hope, the program donates $1 for every letter to Santa mailed from a local Macy's store.

Stand Up to Cancer

Thanks to proceeds that benefit accelerated cancer research, the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) shop is a wonderful place to pick up a gift with meaning — 100 percent of public funds go directly into research grants. Your purchase can benefit families affected by cancer this season and beyond.

Trouble the Dog

Trouble the Dog is a simple plush toy that offers children comfort and hope, particularly in devastating situations. This holiday season, creator Sheila Duncan has teamed up with the SPCA. A portion of proceeds will help real dogs find homes with loving families.

Hard Rock

Drawing inspiration from John Lennon's iconic lyrics, Hard Rock has launched the Imagine There's No Hunger campaign. Affordable pins and bracelets make perfect stocking stuffers, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit WhyHunger and grassroots partners.

Duracell

These days, many toys are battery operated. This holiday season, through its Power A Smile program, Duracell is donating a battery to Toys for Tots for each Quantum AA 12 pack and Coppertop AA 16 pack purchased.

Ritz-Carlton

At the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., a massive Wishing Tree in the lobby is decorated with the wishes of the children of Martha's Table. The hotel invites guests and locals to visit the tree and fulfill wishes of local children in need.

Gandzee

Throughout the year, innovative children's clothing company Gandzee donates resources to the Weekend BackPack Program, which delivers backpacks full of food to students in need every Friday afternoon at the end of the school day.

Toys R Us

Through its 10th annual holiday campaign benefiting Toys for Tots, Toys R Us has partnered with Shaquille O'Neal to raise funds and awareness. This year's campaign began with a $250,000 donation and continues by encouraging shoppers to donate new, unwrapped toys in stores or through online purchases.
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eCreamery

During the holiday season, when you splurge on the unique gift of custom mixed ice cream, eCreamery donates a portion of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The holidays are a special time to support kids who need mentoring.
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Target

Holiday Bullseye is back and benefiting the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The collectible plush toy is just $15, and the entire purchase price benefits St. Jude through its Thanks and Giving program.
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Neiman Marcus

Although most Americans will only giggle at the ultra-pricey items on the Christmas Book’s fantasy gifts list, those who do take the plunge will help contribute big money to the The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. This foundation supports the arts for children.
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Shoebuy

This holiday season, Shoebuy’s In Their Shoes campaign encourages customers to donate money to charities such as Oxfam America, which works to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger.

Harry and David

During the Seventh Annual Moose Munch Bars for the Troops campaign, Harry and David will deliver treats via Soldiers' Angels. For families with loved ones overseas, this is a tremendous opportunity to share holiday cheer.
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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn's Give a Little Hope campaign donates proceeds from select gifts to shelters throughout the U.S. Make a holiday gift purchase knowing you're supporting a family who needs a safe place to stay during the holidays and beyond.
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Sears

Through the Heroes at Home Wish Registry, Sears gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase gifts and gift cards for military families. Reach out to families who feel strain during the holidays because of a deployed loved one.

Heifer International

Instead of giving a traditional gift this holiday season, turn to Heifer International. This unique charitable organization works to end poverty and hunger by empowering families and individuals to cultivate food.

Wal-Mart

This holiday season, Wal-Mart will contribute significantly to Operation Homefront's "Home for the Holidays" program. This touching program will bring 500 active duty military personnel home to spend the holidays with family.

Ralphs

To help feed families during the holiday season, Southern California grocery chain Ralphs is encouraging shoppers to donate spare change to benefit local food banks. Customers will also be able to make quick donations during checkout.

One Kings Lane

The One Kings Lane Designer Series Wrapping Paper Collection includes several wrapping papers with proceeds benefiting the designer's charity of choice. Pick up Marchesa Voyage's design to benefit the Rose Home for Girls.

Gallo Family Vineyards

Do you buy wine for your holiday entertaining? This holiday season until the end of the year, Gallo Family Vineyards will donate $5 to Meals On Wheels for every cork mailed in to the Every Cork Counts campaign.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Through its Spreading Cheer with Philadelphia program, Philadelphia Cream Cheese is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to No Kid Hungry. Check out the online cookbook for holiday desserts.

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop supermarkets in the Northeast are fighting hunger this holiday season. In addition to giving shoppers the opportunity to donate at the checkout, the stores have put together inexpensive donation boxes full of holiday trimmings to purchase for families in need.

Sweet Heart Rose

Clothing brand Sweet Heart Rose is reaching out to underprivileged girls through its Patterns for Progress program this holiday season. For every outfit sold during the holidays, Sweet Heart Rose will donate a pattern and the materials needed to make a dress.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

With over a dozen community outreach programs, Build-A-Bear Workshop is involved in charitable giving year round. If you're shopping for a special gift for your child this holiday season, Build-a-Bear is a good option to support families and pets.

B. Toys

For every toy purchased, B. Toys donates 10 cents to Free the Children, an organization that provides education to 50,000 children a day throughout the world. Education is empowering, and B. Toys embrace that philosophy with fun toys that help kids learn.

List of Best and Top Girl Names and Meanings

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Of course, We as parents would want to give the best name for our children,Let us help you narrow down your list with our picks of these beautiful girl names with great meanings.

Girl names meaning "love"

By naming your daughter a name that means "love," you can be sure her life will be filled with love and laughter. The following baby girl names mean love or a variation of the word:
  • Darlene: Tenderly loved
  • Kalila: Dearly loved
  • Milada: My love
  • Grania: Love
  • Kennocha: Lovely
  • Amia: Beloved
  • Cheryl: Dear one, darling
  • Cher: Dear one, darling
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of love
  • Theophilia: Loved by God
  • Cara: Beloved
  • Vida: Dearly loved
  • Carina: Beloved
  • Amada: Beloved
  • Amor: Love

Girl names meaning "happy"

Can a happy name bring forth a happy child? These names definitely make us happy! Check out our top picks of baby girl names that mean "happy":
  • Farrah: Happy
  • Caroline: Song of happiness
  • Felicity: Happy
  • Carolina: Song of happiness
  • Luana: Content, happy
  • Allegra: Joyful
  • Halona: Of happy fortune
  • Joy: Happy
  • Trixie: Happy
  • Beatrix: She who brings happiness

Girl names meaning "beautiful"

Check out the following beautiful girl names for your beautiful girl:
  • Jamille: Beautiful
  • Kenna: Attractive
  • Lana: Attractive, peaceful
  • Naveen: Beautiful
  • Belinda: Very beautiful
  • Jolie: Cheerful, pretty
  • Elle: Beautiful fairy
  • Lily: Purity and beauty
  • Mabel: My beautiful one

Girl names meaning "noble"

Your daughter will surely be noble and strong, making these names a perfect choice!
  • Adalia
  • Alisia
  • Elsie
  • Ethel
  • Mona
  • Patricia
  • Abrianna
  • Adella
  • Adette
  • Alonsa

Girl names meaning "strong"

  • Brianna
  • Bridget
  • Birkita
  • Karla
  • Nina
  • Chriselda
  • Gitta
  • Allona
  • Isa
  • Valeria
  • Brita

Girl names meaning "miracle"

If your baby girl is a miracle, why not give her one of these miraculous names?
  • Karishma: Miracle
  • Alazne: Miracle
  • Karamat: Miracle
  • Daniella: Feminine form of Daniel, who miraculously survived the den of lions in the Old Testament

Girl names with biblical meanings

These baby girl names with biblical meanings are the perfect way to pass on your faith and beliefs to your child.
  • Abigail: Old Testament name meaning "father's joy"
  • Bethany: Biblical name meaning "the house of song"
  • Charity: New Testament name meaning "love, faith and hope"
  • Elizabeth: Hebrew name meaning "the oath or fullness of God"
  • Faith: Greek name meaning "faithful"
  • Judith: Latin name meaning "praised"
  • Mary: Biblical name meaning "wished-for child"
  • Naomi: Hebrew name meaning "beautiful; agreeable"
  • Phoebe: American name meaning "the shining one"
  • Tabitha: Biblical name from the Old Testament meaning "gazelle, beauty, grace"

Pretty girl names and meanings

Still want more choices? These are beautiful names with great meanings!
  • Amity: Friendship, harmony
  • Nadia: Hope
  • Angelica: Angelic
  • Irene: Peace
  • Linnea: Flower
  • Orianna: Golden
That's all pretty girl name for your children!

Top 10 Vegetables For Health and Beauty

Veggies are an important part of everyone's diet. They contain dozens of important nutrients and have loads of dietary fiber. And just by getting your daily quota of five to nine servings, you help build your body's immunity to things like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. So what are the top veggies you should be eating to boost your disease-fighting potential? Read on to find out.

Tomatoes

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Though technically a fruit, tomatoes are most often served like a vegetable. Full of lycopene, these beautiful red orbs (and all tomato-based products) are renowned for their cancer-fighting capabilities. Not only are they chock full of vitaminy goodness (from vitamins A to K), they also keep our blood pressure in check and help to reduce the number of free radicals in our bodies.

Broccoli

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Few foods measure up to the disease-fighting potential of broccoli. This cruciferous veg is packed with antioxidants that help reduce the risk of stomach, lung and rectal cancers. And because broccoli is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate, it is also good at boosting your immunity to colds and flus.

Brussels sprouts


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These little green veggies are especially important for pregnant woman because they're packed with folic acid, a B-vitamin that prevents neural tube defects. Brussels sprouts are also packed with vitamins C and K as well as fiber, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids.

Carrots

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These orange-wonders are loaded with eye, skin and hair-enriching nutrients. They're also the richest vegetable source of some important antioxidants, like vitamin A. And because they're rich in vitamin C, carrots protect your cardiovascular system from damage.

Squash

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A good source of anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene, squash, especially summer squash, can help treat dozens of conditions including asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Squash is also rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber.

Sweet potato

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This root vegetable has dozens of anti-cancer nutrients like vitamin A, C and manganese. They're also a good source of fiber and iron, so not only do they give you energy, they can also help regulate your digestive system.

Eggplant

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High in heart healthy nutrients, eggplants are rich in antioxidants like nasunin (a unique compound that protects your brain cells from damage). And because eggplants are loaded with fiber and potassium, researchers believe they may reduce your risk of stroke and dementia.

Bell Peppers

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Whether you prefer red, orange or yellow, bell peppers are packed with dozens of heart-healthy nutrients like lycopene and folic acid. And recent research suggests digging into a pepper every day may lower your risk of developing lung, colon, bladder and pancreatic cancers.

Spinach

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This chlorophyll-packed type of produce is an excellent source of almost every vitamin and nutrient you need.
Scientists believe a diet heavy in spinach may be able to prevent everything from heart disease to colon cancer, and arthritis to osteoporosis.

Onions

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These pungent smelling veggies are particularly good for people suffering from (or at risk of developing) osteoporosis. That's because onions are loaded with a peptide called GPCS which scientists believe slows your body's loss of calcium. Onions may also be useful in the fight against heart disease and diabetes because they're loaded with vitamin C and folate.

Best Tips for Beautiful Hands

With the nail art craze booming, hands are on display big time. With these simple hand and nail care steps, though, it's easy to keep hangnails and cuticle issues from ruining the awesome effect.
Best Tips for Beautiful Hands

1. Use a milky hand wash.
The clearer the cleanser, the more it may dry out your skin. Also avoid soaps that contain the harsh chemical triclosan (often marked "antibacterial") and instead look for naturally antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus.

2. Never put your hands in hot or icy water.
"Hot water makes skin dry by taking away sebum; cold can cause a constriction and then a dilation of capillary vessels, leading to redness," explains manicurist Mie Kitabayashi of Beverly Hills' Chi Nail Bar.

3. Lube up with oils.
Oils are the best way to get moisture into the skin," according to manicurist Kimmie Kyees, who recommends Sally Hansen Dry Chapped Hand Creme, which contains safflower seed oil.

4. Learn proper cuticle care.
"If cuticles are dry and torn, any manicure will look old," says L'Oreal Paris global nail artist Tom Bachik. However, "cutting cuticles can open you up to infection and make them look worse," warns Illamasqua manicurist Fleury Rose. Exfoliate hands with a body scrub, then nip only hangnails that you can wiggle.

Soften other cuticles weekly with Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator , says manicurist Miwa Kobayashi, of L.A.'s Sally Hershberger salon. Then push them back with an orange stick.

5. Moisturize post-sanitizer.
It's a step most of us wouldn't think to do, but it's important: "High amounts of alcohol can dehydrate skin and nails, making polish chip faster," says Sally Hansen manicurist Tracylee. Just wait until the sanitizer has dried.

6. Protect with sunscreen.
Your hands can wrinkle and spot just as fast as your face. Kitabayashi mixes Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 38,   with lotion. "Sunscreen alone can be drying to hands," she says.

To even out spots, Rose likes L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 ($30, usa.loccitane.com), which contains Bellis perennis (a daisy plant) extract.

7. Try anti-aging face cream.

Bachik uses L'Oreal Paris Revitalift, its retinol improves elasticity—during his clients' manicures. To conquer crepeyness, apply it to the backs of your hands at night.

8. Slather on a mask.
Smooth on CND Almond Illuminating Masque , then place hands in plastic bags and top with a warm towel for five minutes. "Heat helps the mask penetrate," Kyees says.