We spend so much time working to prevent signs of aging in our faces, but we may not think enough about how aging is reflected in our hands.
The skin of our hands is especially vulnerable to changes as we get older, for several reasons. First, our hands are often exposed to the elements, including the harmful ray's of the sun. Second, we use our hands constantly throughout the day. And finally, changes in fat distribution and collagen production as we get older causes our hands to look less plump, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can keep your hands looking youthful - here are a few ideas:
Always wear sunscreen
Though we may slather our faces, necks and decolletages in sunscreen, we often forget to apply it to our hands. Our fingers' and palms' near-constant exposure to the sun adds up over time, making them prone to dark spots and fine lines. Be sure to always apply sunscreen to your hands whenever you are driving, spending time outside or sitting by a window, and remember to reapply frequently. You could also take your preventative methods a step further and wear gloves while driving.
Hydrate, hydrate hydrate
Collagen production slows as we age, translating into hands that may look bony or thin, which emphasizes the appearance of fine lines. Help hands to look plump by being vigilant about moisturization. Use a rich lotion containing nurturing and protective ingredients such as Shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil for the deepest hydration.
A good habit is to moisturize your hands every time after you wash them - keep a bottle of lotion by the sink as a reminder!
Treat your hands to beauty sleep
Don't just apply a mask or rich night cream to your face before you head to bed - give your hands a rejuvenating treatment as well! Before you hit the sack, slather an ultra-moisturizing lotion all over hands. Slip on a pair of soft gloves, such as the Bliss Glamour Gloves - to seal in moisture. In the morning, take off the gloves to reveal soft, glowing hands.