While you’re busy applying various anti-aging creams to your faces and running to the hairdresser to cover your greys, you often forget the part of the body that usually reveals your age first: your hands. If you want to know how to rejuvenate my hands, here are some simple ways to solve common aging problems.
Protect your hands
As with everything, prevention is actually the best cure, regardless of your age. Sunspots can be a real gift at your age. They develop over time, after years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays or even to tanning beds. Apply sunscreen daily to prevent age spots. You can talk to your dermatologist about topical creams, such as hydroquinone, which can help whiten pigments and even destroy some laser therapies that destroy pigment-producing cells. Washing dishes every night with hot water and dish soap that removes natural oils from your skin can dry out your skin. The fragrances in dish soap can also irritate your skin and make conditions such as eczema worse. Every time you clean the sink or when you go to the dishwasher, wearing washing-up gloves helps keep your skin dry.
Moisturize your hands
Frequent hand washing means that your hands absorb more moisture than almost any other part of your body, so they deserve a little more attention. Using lotions and creams will help retain moisture and help your hands look better. Dermatologists recommend using treatments that include ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E and macadamia nut oil. Applying them to slightly damp skin helps them absorb better, so be sure to keep a jar of cream handy on your bathroom sink to use after showers or hand washing. When using treatments and creams on your face, it doesn’t hurt to apply them to your hands as well, especially if they are products that stimulate collagen production. Just make sure that the products do not cause peeling or increased sensitivity to the sun.
Exfoliate your hands
Dead skin cells can not only make your skin look scaly and dull, they can also prevent treatments from sinking in. As with your face, be sure to use a gentle exfoliator, nothing too abrasive as it can scratch the surface of your skin. You can even do your own treatment at home using a teaspoon of sugar combined with a moisturizing oil, such as coconut oil.