Hands need a skincare regimen too
Considering everything our hands do for us on a daily basis, it's no surprise that our hands seem to age faster than the rest of our bodies. But did you know that there are things you can do to keep your hands looking young?
"Most of us have a skincare regimen for our faces, but we often forget about our hands," Ohio-based hand and cosmetic surgeon Bran Michelow, MD, states.
As your hands age...
Did you know that according to Dr. Michelow, "as you age, your skin thins and the fat in the back of your hand diminishes"? "The reduced volume and decreased elasticity produce translucent skin that wrinkles and develops age spots." And what about what our hands go through daily with hand-washing, touching countless things, and using scolding water? Dr. Michelow states that "we expose our hands to the sun and other noxious elements more than any other part of the body. Frequent washing in hot water removes the natural oils that lubricate your skin and protect against dry and cracked surfaces."
But don't fret...
According to the good doctor, there are ways to keep your hands looking their best.
1. The surface.
Incorporate a hand-care routine:
- Protect. Use sunscreen (SPF50 or higher) and reapply frequently. Wear gloves when cleaning, especially when using chemicals.
- Moisturize. Keeping hands hydrated is crucial when trying to keep aging hands at bay. Apply lotions, like our Whipped Hand Lotion frequently throughout the day, especially after washing hands. This will help skin retain elasticity.
- Exfoliate. "Dry skin is dead skin," says Dr. Michelow. He suggest using an exfoliate to remove dry skin and tone the skin, then following up with a cream, like our Whipped Body Creams for intense moisture and hydration.
- Correct. Treating age spots at home is possible! Using lemon juice or an over-the-counter topical treatment could help.
2. The layers.
You can see a professional for treatments to remove outer layers of the skin. These treatments include dermablading, dermabrasion, chemical exfoliation and laser resurfacing. These treatments help improve the texture and tone of your skin. They can also reduce wrinkles and correct uneven or irregular pigmentation. But of course, following the treatments, it's important to maintain and hydrate the skin to keep hands young.
Ultimately, the right combination of treatments depend on the person but youthful hands are obtainable.