If I only knew what I know now when I was younger, I could
have stopped or slow downed some of the present damage to my hands,
especially the awful dark spots.
I've always worn gloves when
doing the dishes, heavy housework, and gardening, but I hadn't
thought about protecting my hands from the sun, especially when
driving. I do now!
Photo of my
65 year-old hands. Not perfect, but not bad!
Young women -
This is a reminder to
all young women - start taking care of your hands
- It is never too late to stop the damage and make your hands look
A lot of us take
care of our faces, but forget about our aging hands. Next to your face, your hands are
probably the most visible parts of your body. The earliest signs
of aging will show on your hands. The skin on
the back of your hands is extremely delicate. This skin is very,
very thin, as there is almost no fat under it at all, which is why
the veins are so visible. As we grow older, any fat that is there
lessens and the skin becomes dry and loose, exposing the veins even
more. As if that’s not enough, we begin to develop
ugly age spots and sunspots (also known as liver spots). Your hands
need extra care because they’re always doing so much for us and,
unfortunately, so often taken for granted.
Knowing how to maintain your hands as
you age is the best way to make sure they look your best and that
you, in turn, look your youngest.
Linda's Beauty Secrets for keeping your hands beautiful?
Wear a high
SPF sunscreen or sun block on the back of your hands, especially
when driving your car. The sun causes 90% to 95% of the
wrinkles, lines, discolorations and more to our bodies and
hands. Keep some sun block in your car.
Wear rubber gloves lined with cotton
when your hands are in contact with harsh soaps, detergents, or
chemicals. Wear gloves
every single time you wash dishes or hand wash clothing. That
dishwashing liquid is alkaline, which is hard on the skin. Cleaning agents can be extremely
harsh on both nails and hands. The nails when exposed to water,
swell and then shrink back as they dry. This contributes to
Use a mild pH soap, like Dove, when washing your hands.
Exfoliate. Use a grainy scrub on backs of hands twice a week to
reveal glowing skin. You can either use the same exfoliate that
you use on your face or make your own by making a solution
of sea salt mixed with lemon juice. Brush it into hands with an
old toothbrush to help remove any dead skin cells.
- Moisturize! After washing your hands, pat dry and
while moist, use a moisturizer on the hands, cuticles, and nails.
Keeping the thin skin of our hands moisturized is very
important. You can put some cream in small containers. Carry one
in your purse and put the others in strategic places around the
protective gloves when gardening or during heavy housework. Wear gloves
to protect your hands from cold weather.
Only go to
reputable spas or nail salons that practice good sanitation to
Keep your cuticles neat. Cuticles function as barriers to
bacteria and fungus, but they can often overgrow. Use a wooden
cuticle pusher after a shower to keep them in line and NEVER cut
your cuticles. Tiny hangnails and bitten edges can catch on
almost anything, turning into deep tears and possibly leading to
infection. Keep them covered by applying a liquid bandage
product as soon as tears develop or you can use any regular
bandage until its heals.