While we’ve found great ways to age gracefully in our hair and faces, it’s more difficult to prevent our hands from aging. In most cases, our hands can be the most tell-tale sign of our age. That’s why it’s important to give our hands some TLC to keep the skin healthy and moisturized.
Incorporate these tips into your everyday routine to help prevent aging in your hands.
1. Clean and Wash Dishes with Gloves
Cleaning chemicals take a toll on your skin. Some medications can also increase the thinning of your skin. If you are washing dishes every night, the dish soap breaks down the oils on your dishes and your hands. This dries out your skin.
Perfumed soaps can also be a skin irritant, so you may want to choose a fragrance-free soap, use a dishwasher, or wear gloves.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
Dead skin can get in the way of your skin receiving the benefits of lotions or creams. Exfoliation lifts the dead skin cells and brightens your skin. The rubbing motion required for exfoliating also stimulates blood flow and unclogs the skin. When you choose to exfoliate your skin, select a gentle exfoliator that will not be too abrasive on your skin. You can purchase exfoliator or make your own at home.
3. Moisturize Your Hands
Constantly active, our hands handle everything from paperwork to housework. This overuse means that our hands often lose moisture, making the skin feel thinner. Lotions, creams, and moisturizers can help to refresh the skin and return moisture.
Specific ingredients that can help your skin retain moisture include shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, and macadamia nut oil. Lotions sink better into the skin when it’s already damp so you may want to keep lotions near your sinks. Choose products that boost collagen production as well.
4. Use Sunscreen
Sun exposure increases the rate of your skin’s aging process. Years of sun exposure culminate in sun spots, zfreckles, irregular pigmentation, wrinkles, and thinning skin. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from skin cancer and sunburns, but it also helps to protect your skin from early aging.
Hands are more vulnerable to sun exposure because they are rarely covered up. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes most of the skin changes that are connected to aging, so grab your sunscreen and prioritize your hands.
5. Wear Driving Gloves
While this may be a blast from the past, driving gloves actually can help protect your hands from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. If you spend hours driving daily or weekly, lightweight driving gloves might be a good option for protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Driving gloves are available from high-end companies and Amazon. You can choose fingerless gloves or gloves that reach past your elbow. These gloves can be great for bike riding too.
Extreme temperatures call for extreme measures. If you live in a very dry climate, whether hot or cold, you should give your hands extra care. This means using extra hydrating cream on your hands and wearing spa gloves for an hour, once a week.
Another way you can care for your hands is to treat them to a spa treatment at Cloud 9 Spa. Rejuvenate your skin with exfoliation, massage, hydration, and a manicure. Schedule an appointment today!