Our hands are the first thing we extend in a handshake, and how they look can create a lasting impression. Experts suggest caring for your hands like you'd care for your face.
Start with hand washing. Harsh soaps and hot water deplete oils, as do hand sanitizers with alcohol. If it doesn't affect your hygiene, use gentle cleaners instead.
When washing or scrubbing things at home or work, wear waterproof gloves.
The sun's rays age our hands and increase our risk for skin cancer. Over time, our skin gets thinner, and dark spots appear. Prevent that by using a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Reapply after hand washing, and keep some in the car.
If you like gardening, golfing, baseball or boating, wear gloves to match what you're doing. If it's just too hot, consider covering only the back side of your hand.
Some hands are damaged and need an extra boost. The good news: there are procedures to help.
Lasers can erase spots. Sclerotherapy can help decrease exposed veins. Some doctors use fillers to boost volume. Others perform fat transfers, moving stem cells and fat from the part of your body where you don't want it, into your hands.
Hand care doesn't need to break the bank. Combo products you use on your face, like sunscreen plus moisturizer and antioxidants, can also be used on your hands.
If all else fails, ask your dermatologist during your annual exam. They know best, what you skin might need.
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