No one likes to talk about it, but there are other signs of aging beyond crow’s feet and grey hair: the skin on our hands. I’m talking sunspots, purple veins and skin that doesn’t bounce back anymore when you pinch it. I too am guilty of not caring for my hands the same way that I care for my face. I basically ignore them except at night when I lather on hand cream that is conveniently next to my bed.
But this is serious, girls. I even hear that Madonna covers her hands to hide her age. Your hands are the first part of your body to show serious signs of aging, and it’s a problem that can start as early as your mid-20s. Most people don’t recognize signs of aging on their hands until their 30s or 40s, and most won’t start changing their routines until these signs get worse—when it’s almost too late!
For those not interested in getting a “hand lift,” a 5-to-10-minute procedure that costs about $1,200, what else can be done? I spoke with my facialist, Dangene, who gave me the best tips for getting younger hands NOW.
“It’s so important to take care of your hands because they reveal your true age. You should treat your hands the same way you do your face, with constant maintenance. Although hands are constantly being exposed to the elements, most people remember to protect their face with moisturizer and SPF but forget about their hands,” says Dangene.
1. Moisturize – Dangene really emphasizes keeping your hands nice and moisturized is the key to youthful, glowing skin. Keep a heavier hand cream by your bed and add a thick layer at night. During the day, keeping something at your desk and in your handbag is also a good idea. My favorites are by Byredo, Rodin and Amala. I also just tried this crazy amazing “balm” by Elemental Herbology, that is truly the BOMB!!! The Tree of Life Balm is rich in Buriti “Tree of Life” Oil, known for its high levels of essential fatty acids. Plus you can use it everywhere, because the jar is just huge!
2. UV Protection – It’s never too early to start SPFing your hands. Just like you protect your face, add a bit of sunscreen to the backs of your hands. Carry a little SPF in your bag and if you are outside regularly, apply throughout the day. If you are getting a gel manicure, always apply sunscreen before going under the UV lights. My latest Glow Girl, Sarah Hoover recommends Murad SPF for a matte finish and not greasy feel, making it perfect for the hands.
3. See a Skin Specialist – The moment you see any freckle or sun damage pop up, take care of it right away. Once a year do a TCA peel, if appropriate for your skin type, which will stimulate collagen exfoliation and help with tone and texture. Now, if you’ have never taken care of your hands and they are now a problem, you need to get rid of the damage. At Dangene’s office, they use a combination of TCA and lasers, either for resurfacing and/or pigment. They also suggest Microdermabrasion at least once a month.