5 Great Tips for Younger Looking Hands
Hands, like the neck, often give your age away. While we pay close attention to the face, we are least likely to age proof and pamper our hands on a daily basis. Our hands are the most used (and abused) part of the body – they are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, not water, cold water, chemicals, you name it. It’s no wonder our hands are the first thing to show signs of aging.
According to Diane Heinz, licensed Paramedical Aesthetician and skincare manufacturer, cell production decreases by 10% by age 30, making your skin less capable of repairing itself. The tops of the hands, where the skin is thin, can show signs of age first. When hands lose plumpness due to the breakdown of collagen, elastin and the loss of fat, veins and knuckles can start to look more prominent.
There are things you can do to protect your hands and help keep them looking younger – here are some suggestions:
Switch soaps – Over-washing hands and the use of harsh household cleaning products without gloves leaves hands dry and tight. Switch to a gentle glycerine soap or cream cleansers. Skin-conditioning glycerine soaps are more gentle on the skin than sanitizing gels and antibacterial soaps that can strip essential oils. Try soap with moisturizers like, Dove’s Beauty Bar that leaves hands soft and won’t strip skin of natural, protective oils. Remember to use tepid (not hot) water when washing – hot water is drying to the skin.
Treat Dark Spots – Dark spots or age spots are the result of sun damage and begin to appear as we age. Use lemon juice to safely peel off the upper layer of skin to lighten dark spots. The lemon juice is acidic enough to achieve this without the use of chemicals in about 8 weeks. Simply dab fresh lemon juice on dark spots at night (do not do during the day – lemon juice makes the skin more susceptible to sun damage).
Prevent Hyperpigmentation – Prevent color-producing cells from making too much pigment (hyperpigmentation) by using a beta-carotene-rich carrot oil at night. Beta carotene inhibits the tyrosinase receptors to stop the production of melanin. Nightly use of carrot cream or oil will lighten hyperpigmented skin in less than 8 weeks.
Treat Rough Skin – As collagen and elastin begin to diminish over the years, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to wrinkle. Sun exposure and overuse all contribute to a leathery texture on the tops of the hands. Treat tough, leathery skin with a homemade olive oil and sugar scrub. Mix together ¼ teaspoon each sugar and olive oil and massage into the backs of hands once a week. Olive oil delivers moisturizing omega-3 fatty acids, and the sugar buffs away rough patches to reveal softer, more conditioned skin.
Use an Anti-Aging Serum – Apply an antioxidant, Vitamin C-rich serum to your hands before applying sunscreen during the day. At night, try this professional’s trick: After you treat your face to a collagen-boosting, anti-aging cream, don’t wash your finger tips or wipe them on a towel, instead rub the night-cream residue on the backs of your hands, then top with an anti-aging hand cream. Over time, you really will notice a difference in the texture and condition of the skin.
For more trips and tricks for keeping your hands looking younger, read our article on Beautiful Hands.