Want to know how old someone is? Look at their hands and their neck. Or, at least, that’s how the old saying goes. Your hands are one of the most at-risk areas for early signs of aging. That’s because the skin on your hands is thin, constantly exposed to the sun, and often dry thanks to frequent washing. Luckily, there are three simple steps you can take to keep your hands looking as fresh and spot-free as your face.

Tip 1:
Exfoliate To Remove Dark Spots

Dark spots are one of the most common skin issues for hands. Dark spots on the hands are almost always a result of sun exposure. Fading them can take time and patience. To start the process, apply a peel like our TCA Multi-Acid Body Peel to the backs of your hands once a week. The gentle acids in the formula will help lift the excess melanin deposits that cause dark spots. It will also help speed cell turnover in the area, helping to minimize the crepey look that skin on the hands can begin to develop over time.

Tip 2:
Use Serum On Your Hands

Just like the skin around your eyes, the skin on the backs of your hands is very thin and delicate. A serum can work wonders on this kind of skin because it absorbs quickly and delivers active ingredients deeply into the skin where they can have a real impact. If dark spots are your main concern, look for a serum with epidermal growth factors like our EGF Activating Serum. If crepiness is your concern, choose a serum with peptides like our PSC Peptide Serum. If it seems excessive to apply precious serum to your hands, simply use what is left over on your palms after applying serum to your face.

Tip 3:
Apply a Hand Cream with SPF (and reapply)

Hands are prone to dryness thanks to the thinness of the skin, a lack of oil glands in the area, and constant hand washing. Washing your hands frequently is the right choice for your overall health, but be sure to regularly apply a hand cream to restore all the moisture that the soap strips away. Look for a hand cream with SPF to protect against UV rays--one of the major causes of premature skin aging on the hands. SPF should be reapplied every two hours, or after every wash. If you choose to do just one thing for your hands, make SPF that choice.