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What is Making Your Hands Look Old and BEST Tips on How to Fix Them!

May 24, 2018

 

The skin on your hands is the best litmus test to your age.

 

Many of you may forget about your hands and only focus on your face.

 

I know, your face is looking mighty fine as your skin care routine is on point and you’re looking younger every day: the crepey skin on your face is gone; you are following a healthy diet and exercise plan; you use your anti-aging serums and skin care of choice.

So what are you doing for your hands? 

Look at the skin on your hands right now. Are they dotted with age spots? Loose, crepey skin? How about oversized veins?   

 

 

So how do you make your hands look younger? 

First, you need to know  what is making them look older!.  Only then  can you determine the best tips and techniques to bring back that youthful appearance to your beautiful, amazing, hard-working hands.

 

Age Spots
 

Age spots make your hands look older.

 

But did you know age spots are not age related! Do you realize that those splotches of discoloration on your lovely hands isn’t caused by age at all, but instead by the sun? And people of every age can get age spots on their hands.

Fortunately, getting rid of brown spots isn’t difficult and there are several well-known natural and clinical treatments available to you including laser, over the counter and prescription grade age spot creams, plus natural age spot treatments including apple cider vinegar, buttermilk and castor oil.

Potatoes and lemons are 2 additional natural age spot removers to help make your hands look younger. Rub the cut side of either the fresh lemon or potato on your skin,  morning and night, and watch the spots fade away in no time!

 

As for prevention: always wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on your hands; gloves are always a good option to protect your hands from the sun;

Crepey Skin
 

Crepey skin on the backs of your hands can also make your hands look older.

 

Collagen loss, sun damage and lack of moisture are the culprits which bring on crepey skin. Plus, as we age, our skin gets thinner, creates less collagen and less moisture, thus making it incredibly important to add collagen back to your beauty regimen.

 

Adding moisture is another part of the solution. While a traditional moisturizer can help smooth your skin, this initial step won’t solve your crepey skin problems.

 

In order to really turbo charge the recovery of reducing the crepey skin on your hands use a cosmetic specifically designed to get rid of crepey skin.

 

This would mean looking for cosmetic creams, (as creams penetrate deeper than liquids according to the FDA), which include alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic, citric or lactic acid and salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy). The acids effectively dissolve the bonds between older skin cells, causing them to shed and reveal fresher, younger-looking skin. 

 

One study has shown that using an 8% glycolic acid for 3 weeks twice daily can increase thickness of epidermis by  36% as well as increase collagen disposition by 260%. The abstract of the study on therapeutic uses of glycolic acid can be accessed here now.  

 

I believe a 10% glycolic acid accompanied with soothing botanicals, essential oils plus super humectants in a cream vs liquid form are your best bet for smoothing crepey skin on your hands.
 

 

Collagen Loss
 

As collagen loss is another culprit that leaves your hands looking old before their time, use a collagen supplement such as TK Collagen Restore to replenish what has been lost.

 


It takes collagen to make collagen so adding collagen protein to your diet is an essential inside strategy to make new collagen to reveal plump, firm, crepe free looking skin on the outside.

 

And a double bonus of adding a collagen supplement to your routine to get rid of crepey skin on your hands is the added hydration. Remember we said to add moisture? Well, get ready for the granddaddy moisture replenisher of them all!

 

Gelatin supplementation is also known to increase skin hydration. One study showed that 2 months of gelatin supplementation increased skin hydration by 91%. This shows us that gelatin almost DOUBLES your skins moisture content. [2]

 

Loose Skin
 

Loose skin on your hands make your hands look older.

Tightening the loose skin on your hands will make your hands look younger.

I have found three ways to tighten loose skin on the hands: Supplementing with gelatin (collagen protein),  massage and skin tightening serums.

 

Collagen Supplementation

"In an independent study conducted at Stanford University in California, findings reported that daily supplementation of gelatin, only 250 milligrams, increased skin elasticity. Which in turn, helps to tighten your skin."
[1]

As for massage, a soothing massage from your significant other, friend family member or professional masseuse can help bring that skin back into shape.

 

Massage helps stimulate the blood cells under the surface of your skin, which in turn increases your circulation. Better circulation equals more tightening of the muscles and tissues under the skin. A massage with a moisturizing hand cream gives you a two-fer: softer, smoother skin that is tighter and younger looking, too!

 

Skin tightening serums? There are plenty out there one I recommend is  Plantscriptions from Origins. It's affordable and you can use it on your face as well.

Thin Skin
 

What causes skin to thin out? Aging, which in turn brings on collagen loss.

Did you know your skin is made up of 75% collagen? So, what do you think happens when your collagen stores drop. Yes, that is right. Your skin becomes thinner.

And the best way to increase the thickness of your skin is by making more collagen. The best way to make more collagen is by adding a collagen supplement to you diet daily.

Remember, it takes collagen protein, not just any protein, but indeed collagen protein, as well as a diet rich in collagen boosting foods to support the process of making  collagen in your body. This combination reveals younger, plumper, firmer, youthful looking skin.

 

I hope these quick tips help you see that the skin on your hands doesn’t have to be a giveaway of your true age! When you’re adding moisture to your hands, don’t forget your arms! Crepey or sagging skin on your forearms can also let out the secret.

 

Shhh….we’ll never tell your true age!

 

Til Next Time,

 

Kellie Olver

Growing Younger Everyday

 

 

References:

[1] http://www.nuskin.com/content/dam/global/library/pdf/products/tegreen_study_01.pdf
[2] SOUKEN study 2008, Tokyo Japan

[3] https://www.topdoctors.co.uk/medical-articles/varicose-veins-treatment-a-new-surgical-approach

https://www.livestrong.com/article/524942-how-to-tighten-the-skin-on-your-hands/

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