As an antiaging expert, my focus is not just on facial exercises – it’s on helping clients improve their entire package. One of the biggest signs of age is dry, cracked, wrinkled hands. Despite this fact, men and women typically neglect their hands, even though they are constantly exposed to the sun. With all of the washing, housework, gardening and other activities we do, it’s no wonder our hands show our age.
The skin on our hands is extremely thin and delicate to begin with, which means they need serious TLC. As damage from UV rays accumulates over time, it causes unsightly sun spots and a breakdown in collagen. The result is hyper-pigmented, crepey, wrinkly-looking skin.
The good news is, you can undo some of the damage and prevent more from occurring in the future by following a few simple tips.
1. Use gentle hand washes.
Most of us wash our hands many times throughout the day, which is extremely drying. Be sure to use the gentlest products possible. Opt for a hand wash infused with vitamin E or another moisturizing ingredient. There are also exfoliating hand washes on the market that offer gentle cleansing while sloughing away dead skin cells. Avoid hand sanitizers completely as they contain alcohol and other dehydrating chemicals.
2. Apply sunscreen daily.
Just like you do with your face, always apply sunscreen to your hands, rain or shine. Your hands are often exposed to the sun even more than your face is. Even when you’re driving, your hands may be getting damage from UV rays through the car window.
3. Wear gloves when you can.
If you’re going outdoors for prolonged periods of time to garden or do other work, wear gloves to protect your hands. If you wash dishes, be sure to wear gloves and use dishwashing soap that is extra gentle.
4. Adopt a full skin care routine for your hands.
Use the same or comparable anti-aging products on your hands that you do your face. I advise my clients to use Retinol on their hands at night to rebuild collagen and serums and moisturizers during the day for hydration. You can also use my High Density Vitamin C Serum for a brightening effect.
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