Alright, alright, alright! Today we’re talking about how to make old hands look younger! f you’re like me, your hands are one of the first things to show signs of aging. If this is true for you, you have come to the right place!
My hands tell a story of a life well-lived and for that I am thankful
I recently snapped a quick pic for the gram to show off my new summer nail color and had what I would call a rude awakening! My hands looked terrible!
It was then and there that I made it my mission to give my hands some well-deserved and long overdue TLC, and guess what? My aging hands started to look and feel younger in no time!
How to make old hands look younger in no time!
SUNSCREEN. Apply suncreen to your hands every day.
Wear sunscreen—every day without fail. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50 or higher will go a long way to prevent future UV damage and lessen the appearance of age spots and wrinkles on your hands.
Apply sunscreen even when you think you won’t be exposed to the sun. Believe it or not- the sun’s harmful UV rays come through windows. That’s why we tend to have more sun damage on the sides of our faces and our hands.
A recent study found that the nail lamps at salons used to cure nails can cause DNA damage to the skin, resulting in premature aging and possibly cancer.
Good reason to apply sunscreen before your manicurist puts your hands under the light. Or maybe reconsider having nails treatments that require light. YIKES!
EXFOLIATE. Even your hands can benefit from exfoliation!
When you’re exfoliating your body or face, don’t forget about your hands!
First things first-There are two kinds of exfoliating methods: physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation.
You can exfoliate your hands using a washcloth or a face scrub. But if you want to go the extra mile, I suggest getting a little more aggressive with dry brushing.
Have you ever heard of dry brushing? When you use a natural bristle brush to remove the dry skin and dead skin cells from the skin. For example, I brush the tops of the palms and on fingers and knuckles.
Chemical peels are also helpful to treat dark spots and pigmentation on hands and help exfoliate the dead skin cells from the skin.
I use the Ordinary’s peeling solution and love it! I do a chemical face peel about once a week and always do my hands simultaneously.
The ordinary has amazing products, and they don’t break the bank, which is always a bonus.
Dry skin=Old looking skin! Don’t let your hands get dried out!
Make a habit of putting on lotion regularly during the day and every time you wash your hands.
Stock up on hand cream and have them at the ready everywhere! (desk, car, purse, by every sink in the house, etc.). It’s impossible to over-moisturize your hands!
Wearing gloves when doing dishes, gardening, etc.
I’m going to be real with you. I have a hard time with this one. But, of course, I garden and paint and do more than my fair share of dishes and household chores. And I rarely wear gloves!
But listen! There are all kinds of gloves. Gardening gloves, gloves for washing dishes and doing household chores, gloves for painting, gloves for working out, gloves for cold weather, and even driving gloves!
All are designed to protect our hands from various elements.
As I write this, I am making a solemn vow to remember to wear my gloves, and you should too.
SERUMS. Serums work like magic on the hands.
Serums absorb quickly into the skin and contain a high concentration of active ingredients. Serums are great because you can mix and match based on your needs.
There are many different types of serums, each with a unique purpose and ingredients. Expensive serums are not necessarily the best. So it’s a good idea to do your homework.
I apply serums to my hands twice daily, when doing my morning skincare routine and again during my nighttime routine.
The most important serum is a vitamin c serum by timeless. I also use hyaluronic acid serum and nicidamine, which are all from the ordinary.
Since adding serums to my skincare routine, I have noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my skin, both on my face and my hands.
Retin-A + Retinol
Both over-the-counter and prescription topical creams containing retinol or retinoic acid can improve brown spots on your hands.
Retin-A is the gold standard of anti-aging creams. If you can, have your doctor prescribe Retin-A to help with the signs of aging on your hands and lessen the appearance of age spots.
If you can’t get your hand on a prescription, then I suggest retinol hand cream. I get it on Amazon, and I really like it. A little goes a long way, and it’s so affordable!
Laser treatments can bring about more dramatic results!
IPL treatments and fractional lasers do a world of wonders to improve the skin’s texture and lighten or remove pigmentation and age spots and sun damage from the skin.
Lasers also help to boost collagen production as well! Which is a big win.
Fillers! Yep! You can have filler injected into your hands!
This is super exciting!
After watching several people do so on YouTube and TikTok, I bought this device on Amazon. This little gem burns off skin tags, age spots, and even small moles!
I have been driving my husband nuts with this thing, but hey! It works!
It lightens the large darker spots considerably and 100% eradicates the small ones! Hand to God!
OK! I got to say this seems pretty extreme, and I don’t know much about this, but apparently, you can have fillers injected into your aging hands to replace volume loss from aging.
Here’s a video from one of my favorite YouTube Beauty gurus, Angie from Hot and Flashy.
I’ve gotta say, the results look pretty amazing! However, I’m just not sure I can justify the cost right now. What do you think? Be sure to weigh it down in the comments below.
Get manicures & use nail treatments.
Of course, healthy and manicured nails go a long way in helping the appearance of our hands.
But! As I mentioned, my nails have gotten weak and brittle with age AND from years and years of gel and acrylic manicures. So the struggle is real, ya’ll.
During Cov*d lockdown, I had no choice but to break the cycle and repair the damage done. I found the best nail balm called hard as hoof (I know- kind of a strange name!)
I’ve gotta say it’s like a miracle! If you’ve got weak, brittle nails-it’s the best $8 you will ever spend!
Eat a healthy diet & take supplements
A balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, antioxidants omega-3 fatty acids nourish your skin and helps you grow healthy nails. It’s also a great idea to take supplements and vitamins, especially if you are over 40!
When you have a few minutes, don’t forget to check out my post on The best supplements for women over 40+. Taking the right supplements can make a world of difference!
One of my all-time favorite anti-aging supplements is Collagen!
If you have been hanging around my blog for a while, you know I talk about collagen a lot! That’s because I really believe it helps!
I first discovered Collagen and Collagen Peptides via one of my favorite health and nutrition gurus, Dr. Axe.
If you don’t follow Dr. Axe– Do! He provides a wealth of health and wellness information that has really helped me over the years. For example, he has several articles about collagen, the different types of collagen, and collagen peptides.
I have been taking collagen for years! I put two scoops in my morning coffee every day!
The benefits of collagen + Collagen Peptides:
- Improves skin and hair
- Helps joints
- Boosts Metabolism, Muscle and Energy Output
- Strengthens teeth and nails
- Can reduce cellulite and stretch marks
- Reduces leaky gut symptoms
I believe collagen has greatly improved my skin, hair + nails!
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
Drink all the water! And then drink some more!
Proper hydration is key to turn back the hands of time! Pun intended! LOL.
Drinking enough water consistently has so many health & beauty benefits that it will really blow your mind.
Please do yourself a favor and put it to the test. Drink more than your fair share of water for two weeks and see if it makes you look and feel better.
Alright! There you have it!
These steps have really helped to make my old hands look younger!
I wish I knew that our hands are the first thing to show signs of aging sooner. Oh well.
When you know better, you do better, right?! Did you neglect your hands as I did? What are you doing now to help them look their best?
Please don’t forget to leave a quick comment below to let me know you were here. And please share if you’ve got any anti-aging tips! Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time-