5 Tips to Keep Your Hands Looking Young
The face is not the only place that belies the passage of years. The aging process also takes its toll on the hands, with the formation of age spots and thinning skin that emphasizes protruding veins. Keep your hands looking as young as possible with these tips you can put into practice throughout the stages of life.
Thinner skin on the back of the hands needs more moisture than other areas to stay soft and supple. Wear moisturizer around the clock to keep the delicate skin on your hands nourished and hydrated. Tinted moisturizer may reduce the appearance of imperfections, while moisturizer with an SPF protects even as it heals dry skin.
Sun exposure is one of the top reasons the hands age so quickly. UVA and UVB rays are responsible for both thinning skin and the appearance of brown blemishes known as age spots or liver spots. A minimum SPF should be your standard fare every single day. It is also a good idea to wear gloves whenever possible, to protect your hands from sun, cold and water exposure.
Some creams designed for the hands have special ingredients to brighten the skin and fade age spots. Look for ingredients like kojic acid, vitamin C and hydroquinone, which have been shown to have a positive effect on pigmentation irregularities. If over-the-counter bleaching creams don’t do the trick, there are also professional treatments that can stop age spots in their tracks.
A hand massage is a treat that offers a myriad of benefits. Increase your circulation, tighten your skin and give your hands a healthy glow at the same time you smooth away tension and soreness from your hard-working hands. Professional treatments are especially pampering, but you can give yourself a hand massage as well with just a few drops of olive oil and some firm, circular motions.
When bulging veins begin to make an appearance on the back of the hands, professional treatments are available. Injectable treatments can be used to plump up the skin on the backs of the hands to make veins less noticeable. There are also treatments that can directly address the veins themselves, without disrupting blood flow to the area.
Our hands work hard for us, so make sure they get the TLC they are entitled to. These tips will help you keep your hands soft, supple and more youthful throughout your life. If you would like to learn more about professional hand treatments, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.