There is an old saying that no matter how young your face looks, your hands will always give your age away. The desire for youthful and healthy appearance and the need to look our best every day should never end with just our face. Take good care of your hands and you will be proud to put your hands forward for greeting others.
Whether gripping a steering wheel or scrubbing dishes, hands are the workhorses of the body. They are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and a lot of wear and tear.
There are specific methods and strategies we can do to help decrease the aging process in the skin of our hands as well as to reverse some of them. However, since prevention is better than cure, and definitely much easier than rejuvenation, it is best to work on prevention even when you believe it’s too late.
Some women can spend a small fortune on fabulous skincare, anti-aging makeup, a youthful new hair cut and great new clothes. However, one glance at her hands and you know instantly how old she really. The hands are one of the first places that we see signs of aging hands, unfortunately, one of the biggest areas people neglect when it comes to skincare.
One reason that our hands show our age much sooner than any place else is that they are frequently exposed to ultraviolet light without protection. And in the winter months those hands are also exposed to cold weather and dry heat.
Most of us would never consider exposing our face to the sun without sun block but never remember to put it on our hands prior to going outside or even wearing gloves in the cold winter months.
The simple act of moisturizing our hands after being exposed to the winter cold and indoor heat as well as washing dishes, floors, cleaning, outdoor activities and just performing every day tasks can also help to improve the moisture necessary in the skin cells to maintain a youthful appearance.
That small act of forgetting sunscreen can leave them looking even older as the ultraviolet light leaves brown spots and age spots. In fact, experts believe that because the skin on the back of the hands is so much thinner than the rest of the body they show aging much more quickly. Any loss of fat underneath the back of the hands is quickly noticed and results in loose skin.
Maintaining and reversing the signs of aging in your hands begins with using sun block of SPF 15 or higher every single day.
And while shopping for any moisturizers be sure to buy one that does more than simply moisturizes hands. Look for a cream or lotion that gives your skin the anti-oxidants it requires in order to fight free radicals damage.
The skin on the back of your hands is much more delicate than the skin on your face. It heals more slowly and this skin is thinner. Stay away from any product that does any damage or is irritating to the skin.
It is important to begin with prevention in the treatment of anti-aging. Whether a person is looking at preventing early aging signs on the face, the hands or the hair it is the best to apply techniques before any signs have appeared rather than trying to rejuvenate the hands once years of ultraviolet ray damage has been done.
Kirra Pty Ltd – The natural skincare company gives the following advice to those that are interested in caring for their hands and defying the aging process.
1. Only use warm water for hand washing. Hot water is too drying on the delicate back of the hand skin.
2. Avoid harsh chemicals and sun. Watch out for toxins in your dish soap and hand soap. Anything with dyes, synthetic fragrance, or anti-bacterial chemicals can make your skin dry out, become rough and even cause dermatological problems. Hopefully you are using non-toxic cleaning products, but use gloves anyway for extra protection.
3. If you are not going to put your hands into harsh chemicals and detergents then why rub harsh chemicals, soaps and detergents into your skin? Use only natural creams, handwash and moisturisers on your hands. Kirra produces Natural chemical free creams specially formulated to protect and help repair dry and damaged skin. Hand creams come in handy 70ml bottles which slip easily into handbag or toolbox for extra application during the day.
4 Make it a morning and night time ritual.
If you don’t want to dig in deep and surround yourself with butters and oils, simplify it. Putting product on right before
sleeping lets it sit for a good long while and can be very valuable on its own. Applying moisturising creams in the morning helps to protect from drying out.