A huge chunk of cosmetic products are targeted toward making our faces look younger. Dark spots, fine lines and collagen loss are all enemies that we try to stamp out with the latest night cream or serum, but what about our hands? According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, You need to protect the skin on your hands as you would the skin on your face. So how do we do that? Here are five ways to keep your hands looking young.
Youve heard it a million times: Sun protection is key to keeping skin looking youthful. According to Dr. Zeichner, Even five minutes of sun exposure a day adds up over a lifetime. Use sunscreen every day on your hands to prevent thin, crepey skin.
The backs of the hands are chronically exposed to sun, leading to damage to collagen and elastin, as well as the development of dark sun spots, says Dr. Zeichner. The solution? Applying a cream or serum with antioxidants will prevent damage from UV radiation that reaches the skin even if you're being smart with sunscreen. Try Elizabeth Ardens PREVAGE Anti-Aging Daily Serum, ($159, elizabetharden.com). It uses Idebenone, a powerful antioxidant, to protect your skin.
Our hands naturally lose fat as we get older, and Dr. Zeichner says its this loss of fat that makes veins look more apparent. To combat this, use ingredients like peptides, growth factors and retinol to stimulate the collagen in hands. Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream ($75, nordstrom.com) targets this collagen loss and aims to restore it.