Monday, October 6, 2008

Hands Up, Age Detection Down

Our hands tell tall tales. Other than assisting in almost every task we perform, they express our emotions and help us communicate. Hands also reveal our true age, particularly if they have been neglected (as most are). Think of the abuse of unprotected sun exposure, harsh soaps and cleaning products, all of which expedite the degradation (aging) of their skin. One day we start to see age spots and tell ourselves they must be freckles. Freckles? Umm, . . . no. It is the beginning of pay back time.

The skin on the back of your hands is not very thick compared to your face or body and as we age the dermis starts to thin and the fat and muscle tissue begin to disappear. What can you do? A hand exfoliation is a great place to start and will revitalize the hands, smooth the skin, and lighten those freckles. You can use a hand cream, anti-age or lightening serums, and a dab of your anti-aging face cream. Keep serum on your night table and apply it to the back of your hands as you are going to bed (you won’t be washing it off for a few hours). If you are going to be out in the sun, don’t forget to put some protection on the backs of your hands. The earlier you start to look after the skin on your hands the better. Oh, and don't forget the rubber gloves.