Tips to Keep Your Hands Looking Young

Dermatologists caution that moms may be getting unintentional sun exposure that can lead to early signs of aging of the hands, such as dark brown age spots and loss of volume resulting in thin, sunken skin. Here’s how to avoid it:

>>Remember to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher on the hands, and reapply throughout the day.

>>Keep a tube of sunscreen in the car and apply before driving. Use a hand cream with added sunscreen to provide a base layer of protection to the hands.

>>Wear gloves when doing yard work or playing outdoor sports. Golfers should consider wearing a glove on each hand to cover the back of the hands.

>>For women in their late 30s or early 40s, topicals containing glycolic acid or antioxidants are an inexpensive way to stimulate repair from sun damage on their hands.

>>Hydroquinone, tretinoin, and retinoids cannot completely reverse signs of aging hands, but these topicals can be used to improve the skin and prevent further damage.