Most of us are concerned about how our faces age but what about our aging hands?
While we may be able to hide our years through use of facial treatments, aging hands are a dead giveaway for how old we really are.
"Hands not only are susceptible to the first signs of aging, but very often age even faster than the face," said Ellen Marmur, MD, chief of dermatological and cosmetic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, to WebMD.
The skin on the back of our hands is much thinner than on our face and lacks the extra fat to keep it looking plump and full.
As elastin and collagen break down from both the normal aging process and from sun exposure, the underlying bones, tendons and veins become more noticeable.
Brown spots and wrinkles surface add to a less than desired look.
So what can you do about aging hands?
There are various options on how to care for your aging hands along with a range of costs.
Use a moisturizer to protect your hands from the effects of frequent washing and other effects of exposure. WebMD suggested using one that contains products such as shea butter, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and glycerin.
Apply the moisturizer to the skin while it is slightly damp. Regularly apply it after showering or washing your hands.
Using sunscreen on our hands is a pretty obvious way to protect them from direct sunlight. Select a sunscreen that protects your hands from both UVA and UVB rays to help prevent brown spots and wrinkling of your skin. Reapply several times a day.
Wax treatments can be useful for deep moisturizing of very dry and cracked skin. According to WebMD, a home unit can be purchased for as little as $50 plus the cost of the wax to give your hands some extra pampering. Wax coats the skin giving it more protection that can be achieved with a cream.
Professional options from a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon can be explored if you feel basic treatments are not enough to rejuvenate your hands.
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