Are Age Spots on Your Hands Making You Look Older? February 02 2014, 0 Comments

older woman's hands

As women grow older there are quite a few physical signs of aging. Women fight daily to ward off facial signs of aging. What most women don’t recognize is the aging in their hands. Over time dry hands grow wrinkly and veiny. Taking care of your hands in the same way as your face can stop this. The same products that fight aging, dark spots, and wrinkles on your face will work to improve the skin tone of your hands as well. There are differences between the skin on your hands and face but, as a general rule of thumb; what works for your face will have the same beneficial effects on your hands.

One important thing to keep in mind is that you use your hands constantly throughout the day. The constant use and

washing of hands makes them more difficult to protect. One thing that can help is applying and reapplying body butter or lotion to hands after every washing. It may begin to feel compulsive, but it if you select a heavy lotion or cream that is full of natural nutrients that can be easily absorbed, you won't have to reapply as often. You must work diligently both day and night to protect your skin. Having a routine can help you out in the long run.

During the day, you should:

  • Remember to apply (and reapply) body butters and lotions to your hands.  

  • Use natural products that help even and repair skin like those containing Calendula, Argan and Shea Butter daily to avoid and even reverse dark spots on your hands.

  • Products that contain witch hazel can also help with the appearance of veins at the surface level of your skin. 
  • Use a sugar scrub as immediate relief for dry skin. Massage the scrub onto your hands, let it sit and rinse with lukewarm water.

At night, try to:

  • Use the same products that you use on your face on your hands. (Remember the rule of thumb!)

  • Use a moisturizer that is full of antioxidants. This can be a hand cream, body butter or facial moisturizer as long as it is good for your skin.

You should always try to:

  • Avoid products that dry out your skin such as harsh soaps and hand sanitizers.

  • Use soaps and body washes with some moisturizing quality.

  • Wear gloves when cleaning or using harsh cleansers.

  • Moisturize your hands before and after working with drying materials such as paper and cardboard. These types of dry materials will sap the moisture from your skin.

There are more invasive solutions to dry skin that come in the form of correctional procedures. The most common forms are Dermal Fillers, Sclerotherapy, and Laser Treatments. Dermal fillers are fat injections intended to plump up loose and thinning skin. Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose veins commonly combined with dermal fillers for the hands. Finally, Laser Treatments are used to remove dark spots and build collagen.

However, the best cure is prevention. Protecting your hands from drying out in the first place will always beat invasive tactics. Talking to your dermatologist about your skin can also help. Your dermatologist can advise you to adjust your regimen as well as give you new things try to prevent or reverse dryness and aging in your hands that is unique to you.