Hands work all day, every day. That's why it's not surprising they age more quickly than other body parts. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent ageing hands.
If you neglect to nourish your hands, stop; your hands deserve the same care as your face. Here are six foolproof ways to make your hands look younger.
Why your Hands get Older
As you get older, your hands lose fat and become thin. This reduces volume and elasticity, producing translucent skin, wrinkles, and age spots.
The hands are exposed more than other body parts to harmful UV rays and other harmful elements. Plus, they're constantly washed throughout the day. Frequent hand wash strips the skin's natural oil leaving the hands dry and cracked.
So what can you do?
Stress is one of the primary triggers of the hormone cortisol, which can stop collagen production. This makes the skin sag and wrinkle.
We recommend reducing stress by doing the following practices:
- Physical activity like walking, jogging, yoga, tai chi, etc
- Breathing exercises
- Hanging out with trustworthy friends and family members
Please find the best way to lower your cortisol levels and do it often.
UV rays are the number one cause of age spots. It's vital to protect your hands from the sun by using sunscreen. You can also shield your hands using gloves when driving or spending too much time outdoors.
Apply sunblock every morning before heading out and reapply every time you wash your hands or approximately every hour if you're exposed to sunlight.
DEAR KLAIRS All-Day Airy Sunscreen contains SPF50+ PA++++. It's vegan-friendly and, due to its water-based gel texture, is the perfect everyday sun protector.
This non-greasy sunscreen is packed with soothing natural ingredients, such as Peruvian Ginseng Extract and Portulaca Oleracea Extract. Plus, it doesn't have the typical SPF smell.
Suppose you have dark spots due to sun exposure. You can try AXIS-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum, formulated with 5% Niacinamide.
The Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum is a K-beauty formula that improves dark spots and uneven skin tone. Use it if you're dealing with age spots, acne scars, or sun damage.
Use the Right Nail Polish Colour
According to Korean beauty experts, a quick way to make your hands more youthful is by using the right nail polish. This means avoiding shades that emphasize your hands; instead, go for colours that blend in.
For instance, don't use black or dark nail polish if your skin is fair. Try neutral shades like beige or pink. We recommend using red, corals, orange, gold, or gray to draw attention to your nails while making your hands look vivid and younger.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Your hard-working hands require a moisturising hand cream to repair and protect them. Dry skin causes premature ageing, so it's vital to apply a moisturising cream throughout the day.
We recommend keeping hand cream in your handbag so you can use it every time you wash your hands.
Our favourite hand cream is from the world-famous Korean brand TONYMOLY.
TONYMOLY Peach Hand Cream contains peach and apricot extracts to strengthen skin elasticity while moisturising the skin. Its potent formula has practical anti-wrinkle effects.
It's the perfect option if you have dry, aged hands, as it nourishes the skin with its natural ingredients. This hand cream has a soft sweet scent that we love.
For younger-looking hands, you must remove dead skin cells. Dead skin cells make your hands look dull. Try to exfoliate your hands at least twice monthly.
You can use a DIY exfoliate mixture with lemon and sugar; make sure to wash off the lemon thoroughly to prevent spots.
SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is another option to gently remove dead skin cells from your hands. Its sugar granules exfoliate and nourish the skin.
This K-beauty product is enriched with antioxidants, so it doesn't cause irritation. Its potent and natural formula leaves the skin smoother, more radiant, and younger.
Smoking harms your health and skin as it diminishes collagen levels and elastin. This accelerates your ageing process.
When you smoke, your body can't restore the skin, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots appearing more pronounced.
If you need help quitting smoking, consult your doctor.