I am not sure about you but I have recently noticed the skin on my hands starting to look more aged. I don’t think the harsh winter has helped and I’ve recently been on the look out for ways to make the skin on my hands appear more youthful. Read on for some terrific tips on preventing ageing hands!

Sunscreen

We always stress the importance of using sunscreen on our faces but it’s just as important in caring for hands! Your hands are just as susceptible to sun damage as your face and it’s estimated that 90% of wrinkles and discolorations on our face and bodies is from the sun! Make it a habit to apply sunscreen on your hands right after you apply it on your face and neck so you don’t forget and reapply throughout the day.

Antioxidants

Preventing ageing hands takes some work but you can easily make some tweaks in your daily beauty routine to include your hands. Use some of your facial antioxidant cream or serum on your hands to protect your skin from all the damaging effects of the environment.

Moisturise

It’s probably safe to assume that you use hand lotion pretty regularly to keep your hands moisturised. That’s a good thing but you can take a step further and use lotion enriched with ingredients like alpha hydroxyl acids, oils and vitamins. These ingredients will not only calm dry skin but you’ll get the added benefits of keeping your hands moisturised through hand washing or rejuvenating your skin!

Protect

Learning how to prevent ageing hands takes more than applying topical creams. Protect the skin on your hands by wearing gloves whenever you do housework, gardening and to shield your skin from the cold weather. Wearing gloves while doing housework not only protects the skin on your hands but delicate nails as well.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is an important part of overall skin care and it also applies to hand care. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells and reveals new skin underneath so you can reduce the dull or rough-looking appearance of your hands. The only caveat to be aware of when exfoliating your hands is be gentle since the skin isn’t as thick as the skin on your feet or body. You can use a body exfoliator or make your own at home by mixing a cup of sea salt and a ½ cup of oil like olive or jojoba and a few drops of essential oil!

Hydrate

Hydrating your skin by drinking lots of water and nourishing skin by eating healthy foods is part of preventing ageing hands. We really are what we eat (and drink) so if you’re only chugging dehydrating caffeinated drinks and eating highly processed foods, your skin and body aren’t going to be happy and it’ll show! Eat clean and drink lots of water to plump and hydrate skin!

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