You can wear sunscreen and drink green juice, or you can take it a step further and get botox, restylane, have a facelift, or get a laser peel, but all the work in the world doesn’t mean anything when your hands give away your true age (and your neck, but that’s a different story for a different site).
Looking after the backs of your hands is pretty easy, and doesn’t require any new beauty products (probably good, because we’re guessing your cabinets are overflowing like ours).
This is an obvious one, but if you’re slip-slop-slapping the SPF on your face everyday, adding a little extra to the back of your hands isn’t any extra effort. We spoke to Dr. Kenneth Mark, a New York Cosmetic Dermatologist, who says “Sunscreen is important to prevent collagen breakdown, wrinkling and age spots”. You can also treat pigmentation on hands by using a dark spot corrector like Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, where the active ingredients brighten dark spots without irritating skin.
The best way to keep skin looking fresh, is to keep it hydrated. Frequent moisturizer use is the cheapest and easiest way to fight ageing. When skin is dry and dehydrated, it loses color and smoothness. Look for ingredients like lanolin, jojoba oil, and squalene that add moisture to skin while protecting cells from dry air and bad weather.
If you’re concerned about loose skin and wrinkles, Dr. Mark says, “Fillers with hyaluronic acid in them such as Juvederm and Restylane act by binding water to plump.” He goes on to say, “These fillers can help restore a youthful plumped up look as opposed to crinkly skin with veins popping out”. Fillers aren’t over-the-counter, so seek out a qualified dermatologist to discuss your options..