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By on April 25, 2016

Your hands CAN make you look older than your face? Yes, but to the rescue we, found this-

7 Signs of Aging Hands—and How to Prevent Them

Sun Spots

The dark spots that mark the backs of hands are caused by years of sun exposure, explains Dr. Zeichner. Prevention is key as they typically become more prominent or multiply with age.
Rub on a dime-sized dab of sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher before leaving the house and reapply frequently throughout the day.
Choose one that also offers defense against infrared radiation, Dr. Zeichner says, which research shows travels deeper into skin than UVA and UVB rays to further accelerate aging.

To fade existing spots, look for a product with melanin-inhibiting ingredients, such as licorice root, kojic acid, or niacinamide.

Crepey skin

Exposure to UV light also leads to collagen damage that thins the skin and creates that crumpled Shar-Pei-like (Shar-pei? We had to look it up too- a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles) appearance.
Your first line of defense: sunscreen. In addition, the same over-the-counter retinols used to treat facial wrinkles may also be used to improve the texture of hands, says Dr. Zeichner.
Smooth on a pea-sized drop before bed to stimulate the production of thickening collagen.

Prominent veins

Unfortunately, it’s inevitable: “The loss of fat volume that occurs with age exposes the veins that were previously tucked away,” explains Dr. Zeichner. While there is no OTC fix, creams with hyaluronic acid will temporarily plump up the skin to make veins less obvious.
Injectable fillers, like Sculptra or Radiesse, are commonly used to repair volume in the hands and hide veins by filling in the tissue around them, he adds.

Dry patches

Keeping your hands hydrated is a no-brainer. However, as you age, the skin barrier function weakens and becomes more susceptible to external irritants like soap and water. The result: increased dryness, inflammation and sometimes even cracks in the outer layer of skin.
For all-day moisture, Dr. Zeichner recommends slathering on an emollient-rich hand cream that contains aluminum salts.
“Similar to the technology that’s used in antiperspirants to prevent wetness from leaving the skin, aluminum salts are now being added to hand creams to create a barrier that keeps water in and irritants out.
Because over-washing can dry out the skin and cause inflammation, minimize prolonged contact with water and reapply lotion each time you wash your hands.

Unkempt Cuticles

Not only do ragged bits look hella haggard, but they can also lead to infection and nail damage. Follow these steps a few nights a week to keep your cuticles like new: Use a chemical cuticle remover to dissolve dead cells then gently push back the skin with a nail grooming tool.
Never cut the cuticles—it’s like opening a door for bacteria. Finish by swiping on an occlusive (meaning it sits on the surface of skin) ointment, to repair the skin around the nail.

Stained nails

Yellow nails can add years to your look. While discoloration is likely the result of polish wear and tear, it may be a sign of a more serious fungal infection, so first check in with your doctor.
To remove stains caused by nail polish, rub your nail beds with a lemon wedge; the natural citric acid will lighten the yellowish cast. Then smooth the surface and restore shine with a nail buffer.

Oldschool mani

News flash: A square nail with a thick white tip is pretty outdated. But that doesn’t mean you need crazy nail art to appear youthful. Instead, go for a trendy—and flattering—almond-shaped mani. Pointed tips are super ladylike and can make short, wrinkled fingers appear long and lean.
To start the shaping process, snip the sides of nails at a diagonal angle, leaving a small flat tip to round out. Using a glass nail file—its fine grit allows for cleaner shaping than a coarse board—alternate filing both sides toward the center of the nail until the corners are blended into an almond shape, then smooth over the edges with a nail buffer. Stick to sophisticated polish shades like pastel pink or beige.

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