How To Have Younger-Looking Hands
I read a story recently about a man who would guess a woman’s age several years higher than he really thought. He said it was a sure-fire way to know the truth because the woman would always indignantly exclaim her younger, true age. I could have told him an easier way – just look at her hands!
Gurls, you know I’m right. We spend hours of time and LOADS of money on makeup, hair color, and fashionable outfits, but our poor hands often get neglected. My mission is to help women look and feel younger, so today we’re going to talk about ways to make our HANDS look and feel younger.
Good Hand Health
My sister called the other day to complain that she has Heberden’s Nodes on two of her fingers, and recently has experienced painful arthritis. While there’s no known cure for arthritis, and genetics plays a large part in whether or not you’ll suffer from it, there are steps to reduce the risk.
According to Healthline.com, keeping your hands and fingers flexible can “increase the function of synovial fluid.” I’m no doctor, but that sounds important. Lol. Plus, hand exercises are easy!
Flexibility Exercise 1 –With your hand flat on a table, spread your fingers as wide as possible, hold for 5 seconds, then bring them back together. Repeat 5x each hand.
Flexibility Exercise 2 – Make an “O” with your thumb and each finger. Repeat 5x each hand.
Flexibility Exercise 3 – Hold your hand up as if to say stop. Bend your fingers down and up together, keeping your joints straight.
Arthritis can make for a weak grip. Does anyone have issues opening jars? I know I do. There are inexpensive pieces of equipment designed to help you have a stronger grip, fingers, etc.
This one includes a variety and seems very economical.
How Your Diet Can Help With Younger Looking Hands
Your diet can also affect hand health. Processed foods and sugar are definite no-nos. Some over-the-counter remedies such as Boswellia extract and turmeric have been shown to be effective anti-inflammatories. There are also a variety of joint health products available that feature Glucosamine.
My sister has started taking a joint health supplement from Shaklee. The point is to think about your hands and know that what goes in your mouth can help, or hurt!
Better and Younger Looking Hands
Now that we know how to make our hands feel better, let’s talk about helping them LOOK better.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While I don’t have the issues my sister does, I do have some of my own. Namely – age spots. UGH. I’ll talk about what to do with those later, but let’s talk about preventing them. If you’re like me, you forget about the hands when applying sunscreen. Today is the day to change that! Apply in the morning BEFORE you garden, drive errands, etc. Put a bottle in your car and by your sink so that you can reapply it throughout the day.
For Younger Looking Hands, Use Sunscreen
Here’s one that I found at Nordstrom and bought on a whim. I’m now a big fan!
SuperGoop Handscreen is SPF 40, specifically formulated for hands, and free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc; also free of fragrances and octinoxates. Plus, it’s Cruelty-fee.
The Solar Stick SPF 40 was recommended to me by my friend Jennifer, so I have that on order. I like the idea of the stick instead of having to squirt it out of a tube, and if this one works as she says, then I’ll keep one in my car or handbag.
This same brand also has a tinted sunscreen for your face with an SPF 50 called Gleam + Glow, and that would be great for us Casper the Ghost ladies who would like some color as well as sun protection
You probably already know the benefits of exfoliating your face. Well, the same thing applies to your hands! Keep your hands looking soft with a scrub. I love L’Occitane Almond Exfoliating Paste. It’s a little pricy but I only use it once a week so it lasts a long time and leaves my hands feeling so smooth.
A more price-friendly scrub would be the Tree Hut line. This Coco Colada Shea Sugar Scrub smells wonderful, and it does a great job. According to the website, this won a Women’s Choice Award in 2020, and it is priced under $8.00.
Moisturize for Younger Looking Hands
I noticed the last couple of years that my skin has gotten dryer. This is bad because mine was already so dry to start with! I take my hand creams seriously for that reason and here is one of the best ones I’ve found. I bought this on a road trip and keep it in my car. Thick and creamy and available for under $5.00 dollars.
The Bioderma Hand and Nail Cream have fabulous reviews and a great price. It absorbs quickly, is GREAT for the cuticle area, and doesn’t leave hands feeling sticky.
Maybe it’s the French name, but this just feels more luxurious. This cream has amazing reviews, so I think I’ll give it a try. The price is higher than the others, but this tube is 5.1 ounces. There is a 1-ounce version that is also available, but for the difference in price, I’m going to try the bigger size.
I’m always looking for the next best thing, so if you have a moisturizer that works great, be sure to let me know.
Reverse the Aging
But what’s a Gurl to do when you’ve waited too late to start your hand regimen and now have age spots? I am right there with you! Age spots are sun damage from years of not using sunscreen correctly, and I certainly am guilty of that. I have resisted the impulse to sign up for laser treatments or chemical peels so far. I’ve been looking into different creams, etc., to see if I can fix the problem without the cost of the treatments. However, the creams/serums that I’ve found aren’t cheap either, so I’m not sure which would be the most cost-effective.
I recently started using Obagi Professional-C Serum which contains 15% L-Ascorbic Acid. This stuff is not cheap, but I’ve been trying it on a dark spot on my face, and I think that I’m starting to see results. I’ve been using it for about three weeks, and I’m going to now start applying it to my hands also.
Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting got good reviews and I found it on Nordstorm. I love Nordstrom’s return policy, so this would be a great way to test and see if it’s actually helpful.
Here are a few more that look promising. If you’ve tried any of these, let me know your results.
The reviews are strong with the SkinMedica 2.0 Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum, and I like that it’s good with a variety of skin tones, but it is also the most costly.
If eyes are a window to the soul, then hands are a spotlight on our age. It’s time that we give our hands the treatment they deserve. We’ll look better and feel better!
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