While the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sunspots, and loses its radiance over time.
The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.
Basic tips for improved hand care include:
- Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance and help in keeping your hands looking young.
- Protect your hands from the sun. The back of the hands is extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sunlight. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
- Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
- Avoid frequent hand washing. When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.
These were some tips to keeping your hands looking young. But in some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face. These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles, and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.
Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.