Written by Lisa Allen, MD
Many women will spend a small fortune on products for the face that will keep skin soft, smooth and younger looking. And while these steps can do much to shave years off of the complexion, your exposed hands may still give away your true age by sporting age spots, thinning skin and wrinkles.
Most of us don’t think of applying the same TLC we give to our face to our hands as well, but a little care can go a long way in keeping our hands young and beautiful. Read on for some of the best tips for beautiful hands no matter what your age.
An Ounce of Prevention
Anti-aging treatments for our hands can begin while we are still in the early years of adulthood, since slowing the aging process is a lot easier than reversing it. Begin in your 20’s and 30’s with frequent moisturizing and wear a sunscreen on your hands every single day.
Think about how much exposure your hands suffer – to the environment, to the drying effects of water and to the harsh ingredients found in many household cleansers. Wear protective gloves any time you are washing dishes or doing other types of housework that requires the use of soaps and water. Not only will your hands look better; you will also have a better chance of keeping that pretty manicure intact.
As you get into your middle years where the application of anti-aging products becomes the norm, apply the same creams and serums that you are putting on your face to the backs of your hands as well. Because the skin is rather thin on this part of the body, a little of these substances will go a long way on your hands. Continue to moisturize multiple times a day, and keep the sunscreen going all year long for maximum benefit.
A Pound of Cure
If you are thinking that you are already past the point of no return with your hands, you can take heart in the fact that there are plenty of good treatments available for aging hands that can effectively give them a younger appearance. Many of these processes began in the doctor’s office, but are now available over the counter so that you can use them in the privacy of your own home.
Microdermabrasion systems and creams can be purchased from pharmacies and department stores and can be fairly effective in turning back the clock on your hands to give you mitts that you can be proud of.
Retinol creams use antioxidants to diminish the look of age spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face and hands alike. Glycolic creams are also now available over the counter, and can be quite effective at creating a younger, smoother and more beautiful look to your hands.
Your hands take quite a beating throughout their lives, and it is high time that they receive some of the special treatment that they deserve. Treat your hands right and they will reward you by keeping your true age under wraps as it should be. Here’s to more beautiful hands!