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Handy Skin Care Tips For Women's Hands

Posted: August 24, 2012

When it comes to running errands and shuttling kids to and from school and various practices, moms often bear the brunt of carpooling—literally.

Dermatologists caution that in the process, moms may be getting unintentional sun exposure that can lead to early signs of aging of the hands, such as dark brown age spots and loss of volume that results in thin, sunken skin.

“Women tend to forget about the hands when caring for their skin, but hands often can reveal a person’s true age,” says Dee Anna Glaser, MD, FAAD.

While aging of the hands usually begins in the 40s or 50s with discoloration and age spots, hands can begin to show signs of aging earlier if they are repeatedly exposed to the sun without proper protection. By the 50s and 60s, people may begin to lose volume in their hands making prominent veins and tendons more noticeable. Moms with carpooling duty need to know that ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation can pass through window glass and penetrate the deepest layer of the skin. This could lead to the types of sun damage that prematurely age the hands.

However, Glaser says women can preserve the appearance of their hands with proper sun protection, and dermatologists can treat aging hands with the latest aesthetic technologies. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  

Protect from Sun Exposure 

Topicals Offer Mild Improvement/Prevention  

Fill ‘er Up

Lasers Can Treat Texture and Pigment Changes