When it comes to an anti aging beauty regimen, the face usually gets most of the pampering. From cleansing to moisturizing and protecting from the elements, women follow an elaborate routine to make sure that facial skin remains youthful. However, equal attention should be given to the hands as they tend to show age even more than your face.
Inadequate Hand Protection
The hands are hardworking units of the human body. Depending on your lifestyle, your hands would be exposed to detergents, soaked in water for long periods and subjected to activities that can be harsh on the skin. These can lead to skin dryness and damaged skin in some cases.
Unless you are royalty with a coterie of servants at your disposal, you will have to use your hands to do your daily tasks. It does not take much more effort to put on a pair of protective work gloves before you start working. Apply moisturizers to your hands before you don the gloves to allow absorption of the product as you work. Always apply moisturizers after washing your hands. This will ensure that natural moisture lost to hand washing is replenished right away.
Not all Skin Products are made the Same
Choose your hand lotion wisely. Oily hand creams could smudge your clothes and any item you touch. Absorption may be a problem, in which case, your skin won’t benefit much from the product.
Look for an anti aging hand cream that contains shea butter, and apply generously as often as necessary. Health and beauty experts suggest using facial products for your hands. After treating your face, apply the same product on your hands for simple and efficient beauty routine.
Hands need Sun Protection
Your hands are exposed to the sun more than your face is, but it is easy to overlook the fact that the skin on your hands require as much, if not more, sun protection as your face. Age spots appear on areas of the body that are routinely exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. These spots can make your hands look considerably older. Use your facial sunblock on your hands to make it easier to remember to apply the sun protection.
When choosing a sunscreen product for your hands, consider those products that are dual purpose. A 45-SPF sunscreen with humectants built in the formula will certainly help prevent age spots while keeping the skin moisturized. Treat existing age spots with hydroquinone-based fading lotions. These are over-the-counter products, but pay attention to the manufacturer- suggested use and time restrictions.
Veins and Crinkly Skin
The skin on your hands loses elasticity with age and overexposure to certain chemicals. The skin becomes thinner and starts to resemble crumpled paper. Consider changing your moisturizer to an anti aging cream with retinoids to build up the collagen levels and make the skin on your hands look more youthful.
A more drastic approach calls for an invasive procedure where fillers are injected under the skin to fluff up the area. This procedure is typically combined with laser resurfacing to remove age spots.
You depend on your hands to do many tasks, so it is only fitting that they should get the same pampering and attention as your facial skin. Make sure to protect your hands with the proper equipment when working then treat with the right anti aging products as needed.