Taking care of aging hands

 
By Staff Writer • Published: September 20th, 2013
Category: Health in a Heartbeat
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Thanks to years of anti-aging cream, sunscreen and floppy hats, your face still says “thirty.” And with all those extra workouts at the gym, your body still says “twenty-five.” Go you!

Now take a look down at your hands. Bony? A little on the veiny side, perhaps? Yep, you’re forty, and there is nothing a new outfit from the juniors department can do to hide your aging hands.

So what can you do to reverse the damage to your hands? Well, if you had a time machine you could go back to nineteen-ninety-four and tell yourself to take as much care of your hands as you do the rest of your body. But barring that, if your hands are already showing their age, it’s never too late to start treating them with the respect they deserve. Step One: Slather them with lotion. Try to rub a little lotion onto your hands every time you wash to keep them hydrated.

Step Two: Exfoliate your hands once a week to keep them soft. You can use a store-bought exfoliant or make your own by mixing sugar and olive oil.

Step Three: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. This is probably the most important step of all because sun seems to cause the most damage to our hands. Ever wondered what helps cause all those liver spots you see on an older person’s hands and forearms? Yep, you guessed it … the sun. The best way to keep your hands safe is to avoid the great outdoors during the sun’s peak hours, between ten a.m. and four p.m. Also, slather on a sunscreen with at least SPF fifteen about a half-hour before you go outside.

If you’re looking to really rejuvenate your hands, talk to your dermatologist. There are treatments available that can blast age spots and even plump up the skin on your hands.

The key thing to remember? Be sure to take care of your hands. They say a lot about you.