Does the skin on your hands look old? If you feel like age spots on your hands are revealing your advancing years, start turning these simple tips into habits. You'll reduce age spots (or liver spots), and help your skin stay youthful, and turn back the clock on your appearance.
1. Protect yourself with SPF.
Your hands are exposed to more sun than any other part of your body except your face. Protect them with a moisturizing SPF that counteracts the effects of UV rays, and helps minimize the appearance of dryness and tiny wrinkles.”
2. Brighten with lemon juice.
Once a week, rub a 1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on the backs of your hands for 30 seconds, then rinse with water. The acid in lemon juice naturally promotes skin cell turnover, reducing the appearance of sunspots and giving your hands a brighter, even tone.
3. Rev circulation with a massage.
Every day, press and rub each hand with the opposite hand for at least one minute. Massage stimulates your skin and improves circulation, which renews skin cells and tissue. Bonus: You'll relieve age-related stiffness in your fingers!
4. Reduce wrinkles with retinol.
Retinol, an anti-aging compound derived from vitamin A, is the most effective anti-aging topical around. Rub a pearl-size amount of an over-the-counter cream on the backs of each hands nightly before bed to lessen wrinkles and brown spots.
5. Go glycolic.
Slather on a cream made with a chemical found in sugarcane: glycolic acid. Dermatologists say it’s extra effective when applied to these delicate areas, where it can more easily quicken cell turnover and increase collagen production, making skin soft, supple and spot-free.
6. Don't neglect your nails.
B vitamins (especially biotin) are research-proven to strengthen nails, so take a multivitamin and eat lots of dark leafy greens. Keep nails — and cuticles — trim to keep them strong and avoid brittleness.