Recently I wrote about , and posted a list of the less invasive anti ageing treatments for our faces but, what about our hands?

Most of us start worrying or thinking about skin ageing at some point in our life. And although we fret over our faces, many times the signs of ageing (and lack of care) show first in our hands. Together with our feet, they are the part of our body we punish the most: extreme temperatures, hot and cold water, constantly exposed to toxins and outside inclemencies. 

If you pay attention, you can see many youthful faces and well toned bodies with sagging, sun spotted hands. Not a good look!

But what can we do?

Obviously prevention is key. The sooner you start paying attention to them, the better. 

1. Use a good thick moisturiser overnight to make sure they are well hydrated and keep a handcream with Vitamin D in your bag for when you feel them drying up or to use after washing them.

2. Use gloves. I can't stress this enough. Use gloves! Are you washing some dishes left in the sink? Use gloves. Is it just one tiny glass? Use gloves. Are you cleaning with any kind of product? Use gloves. Is it very cold outside? Put on gloves. You get the idea. The skin in our hands is thin and can crack easily.

3. Sunblock. We've all seen it. Those hands full of darker (sometimes lighter) spots. The best way to avoid this is using sunblock. We often forget them when it comes to protecting our skin from the ultraviolet rays. Use your face sun-cream on them, it usually has more SPF than the one we use in our bodies and richer ingredients.

Prevention is good but sometimes it comes a bit too late. Although you should follow those tips at any point in your life, perhaps some damage has already been done. Fortunately, there are still some options. Although some of these products can give mixed results there is no harm in trying. 

Extremely dry hands?

Choose a hand moisturiser with alpha hydroxy acids.

Veins too pronounced?

Use a voluminizing hand treatment. They contain hyaluronic acid that plumps and smoothens the skin. 

Age spots?

Start applying a hand treatment with licorice root and Vitamin C.

Dull looking greyish skin?

Any handcream with Vitamin E will make your skin look younger in less than a week (supposedly)

For severe cases, some cosmetic clinics are starting to offer deeper treatments, such as microdermabrasion for hands. I don't know anybody who has had it so I can't really comment on it.

Last but not least, choose your nail polish colour wisely. Not all shades compliment every skin tone and the wrong one can make your hands look older than they are.

How important is hand care for you? Do you have a routine? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Paola.

 

 

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