Does the skin on your hands look old? If you feel like age spots on your hands are giving away your advancing years, there are a few simple tips you can easily start turning into habits. You'll reduce age spots (aka liver spots), and help your skin stay youthful, turning back the clock on your appearance.
1. Protect Yourself With SPF
Your hands are exposed to more sun exposure 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.” SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($34, Dermstore) is a great option, thanks to its rich blend of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and artemia salina (or plankton extract), which work together to boost skin’s natural defenses and resistance to UV rays.
2. Brighten With Lemon Juice
Once a week, rub a 1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice onto 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. For an extra kick, try these Neogen Bio-Peel lemon exfoliating pads ($14, Amazon), which gently remove dead skin cells with the power of lemon, speeding up the fading of age spots.
3. Rev Up 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! For a little extra help, check out the Gaim hand therapy kit massager ($9.98, Amazon), which will immediately increase the circulation in your extremities to rejuvenate skin, reduce stiffness, and soothe arthritis and joint pain.
4. Reduce Wrinkles With Retinol
Retinol, an anti-aging compound derived from vitamin A, is one of the most effective anti-aging topicals around. Rub a pearl-size amount of an over-the-counter cream, like this Retinol by Robanda Anti-aging Hand Treatment ($15, Amazon), on the backs of each hand nightly before bed to lessen wrinkles and brown spots after just several uses. It also features SPF 15 to keep your mitts protected from future damage.
5. Go Glycolic
Slather on a cream that's 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. We like Alpha Skin Care Renewal Body Lotion ($16.99, Amazon), which is made with 12 percent glycolic acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots and gently lifts away dead skin cells.
6. Don't Neglect Your Nails
B vitamins (especially biotin) are clinically-proven to strengthen nails, so it's a good idea to take a multivitamin and eat lots of dark leafy greens. Naturelo One Daily Multivitamin for Women ($19.95, Amazon) is a good choice, because it comes loaded with B vitamins, biotin, and a rich organic fruit and vegetable blend for a powerful dose of nutrients that will help nails grow. Keep nails — and cuticles — trim to keep them strong and avoid brittleness.
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