Youthful, healthy hands are easy to maintain with our guide to good hand care habits. By looking after your hands with an anti-ageing hand cream with SPF, choosing a gentle hand wash and practising a healthy hand care routine, you can help keep your hands soft and smooth.
Discover simple ways to prevent premature hand ageing as we help you to find out how to keep hands looking young.
Why are my hands ageing so fast?
Hands are easily the most frequently washed part of the body and are also regularly exposed to UV light and environmental aggressors. These can age the skin on the hands and hands can also age prematurely as a result of smoking and unprotected sun exposure.
Whilst shoes and socks keep feet shielded from UV light damage, it is simply not practical to wear gloves on our hands all year round. It is however possible to apply SPF to the hands daily and doing so could go a long way to keep your hands looking young and healthy for longer.
How does the sun damage hands?
All hands, regardless of race or gender, can be damaged by sun light exposure.
- Invisible UV rays reach and penetrate the skin on the hands
- UVB rays can burn and leave hands red and sore
- UVA rays can penetrate the skin and help free radicals age the skin prematurely
- The skin’s natural defence to these rays is a dark brown pigment called Melanin. The more we expose skin to the sun, the more Melanin we produce.
- Melanin sits deep within the derma and naturally filters UV rays away from the skin
- Washing and drying the hands frequently means the hand’s skin cell turnover rate is high. Eventually, this brings deep-seated Melanin to the skin surface
- If a lot of melanin has accumulated over time and comes to the skin’s surface, the skin will appear freckled with dark spots which can be called age spots, sunspots or liver spots
Can hand cream with SPF help stop hand ageing?
Age spots on the hands are a permanent sign of skin damage and are very difficult to reverse. Age spots will look darker in sunny conditions and applying an anti-ageing hand cream with SPF will not only help to prevent further age spots from appearing, it will also help to reduce the visibility of patches of hand pigmentation.
Applying an SPF hand cream can also keep hands looking young as it will also mean that the skin has less need to overproduce Melanin which could later rise to the surface and become an age spot.
Do you drive? Look at your right hand and compare it to your left, does it have more age spots? UV light travels through windows and if you have been holding your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel, your right hand may have borne the brunt of sun damage whilst driving. To keep the hands protected as you drive, keep an SPF hand cream in a cool, dark glove box and apply it to both hands before you set off on your journey.
Does hand sanitiser cause hands to look older?
There’s a hand sanitiser station outside every store, workplace and beauty salon and we all need to keep hands clean to protect ourselves and others from viruses. If keeping the hands looking young is a concern to you, do be aware that the alcohol used to make hand sanitisers can strip away protective skin oils as well as your SPF hand cream. This leaves the hands dry and vulnerable, and can mean that hand wrinkles are more pronounced.
To avoid this, always choose a gentle hand wash and moisturise the hands after washing them or using sanitiser. Our organic hand washes do not strip the skin and are much kinder to sensitive skin than those which contain drying SLS.
Choose SPF protection with our Edelweiss and Green Tea Hand Guard Hand Cream SPF30 or nourish dry hands with our intensely moisturising Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree Hand Cream. Delicately scented with Sweet Orange, Manuka & Lemon Tea Tree it combines Shea butter with cruelty-free Olive Squalane and restores dry hands by locking moisture into the skin. It also contains a Tea Tree essential oil which has a long history of use against a broad range of bacteria.
Can you reverse ageing hands?
Reversing premature hand ageing requires a commitment to an anti-ageing hand care routine but it it is possible to rejuvenate skin on the hands. Here are our good hand care habits for keeping hands looking young.
How to keep hands looking young naturally
- Pat: Change your drying technique and gently pat hands dry with a towel to minimise damage to the delicate skin cells
- Polish: Once a week, treat hands to a gentle exfoliating polish. This will help hands to better absorb hand creams and will also bring brighter, younger skin to the surface. Do not over scrub the skin on the hands as this could leave the skin sore and vulnerable to damage.
- Protect: Apply an SPF hand cream daily and reapply it after washing the hands. Hand Guard is our natural SPF30 hand cream and is enriched with high-factor SPF30 and UVA filters to defend against age spots and hand skin damage caused by sun exposure. Younger cells are particularly vulnerable to sun damage so always apply an SPF30 Hand Cream after using a hand scrub.
Investing in a good pair of gloves will also help to protect hands against environmental aggressors including skin-drying winds, pollutants and bacteria. Hands can get hot and sweaty in gloves, so keep our Deep Cleansing Hand Foam handy and dispense it onto the skin to keep hands feeling fresh.
Pamper: Hands will have a more youthful glow if you treat them to a regular pamper by applying a natural balm or hand cream before popping on a pair of cotton sleep gloves. Make our Everyday Hand Cream your nightstand essential and glide this glycerine-rich hand cream on before bed to lock hydration into the skin as you sleep.
Keeping hands soft, protected and healthy is a top priority for many during the winter months and our UK customer care team can help you to find the best natural hand care products for you. Contact them today on 01403 740 350 or chat to us on social @GreenPeopleUK.
Please note, age spots are a natural skin condition but if you are concerned about changes to the skin on the hands or have noticed changes to moles on the hands, we recommend speaking to your GP.