Now that I'm in my mid-30s, there can be no question- my hands simply don't look the way they used to. When I look at my hands today, they are a visible reminder of how capable I've become over the years as an adult- I see my hard work and I see the babies and puppies and hands I've held over the years.
That being said, I'm still vigilant about doing all that I can to prevent premature aging.
Aging is an inevitable part of life, but premature aging of the skin is something we can prevent. To put things into perspective: the sun accounts for up to 90% of premature aging. These signs of visible aging include fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. To encourage your most youthful and vibrant skin for years to come, pay special attention to the following areas where signs of aging can be more noticeable than others:
Encourage healthy moisture levels in the skin by wearing gloves to rinse dishes and do yard work. While you wear gloves, give your hands some added hydration by applying a rich hand cream before putting your gloves on. Also, limit contact with harsh soaps that can dry out the skin and sensitize it. For a well-groomed appearance that will keep your hands looking neat and cared for, maintain regular manicures. During the day, hand cream with sun protection is essential if your hands will be exposed to UV rays. In the evening, a few drops of Vitamin C Serum can offer additional antioxidant protection.
They may be the closest to the ground, but your tootsies can give away to your true age if they’re not well cared for. To keep your feet in good shape, soak them weekly in warm water with your favorite body wash. Be sure to scrub your feet well, working around the nails and under the free edges. Use a callus file to soften very dry skin. You can also aid in the removal of dull skin by applying a cuticle product with Salicylic Acid, which will help dissolve dead skin cells. Nail polish is a great option to add a youthful burst of color, too. Also, remember to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, which can be prone to sunburns and age spots in left unprotected.
I’m a firm believer that face products should be called face and neck products. So often, men and women neglect their necks, and years down the line the effects are visible. For best results, extend your skincare regimen down your neck. It’s amazing what a little cleansing and exfoliating can do for that area. Just be very gentle, since this skin can be on the thinner side. Also, remember to moisturize. Even oily skin can use an oil free moisturizer to hydrate without feeling sticky or greasy.
Sun worshippers see the aging effects of the sun on this area the most. As time wears on, elasticity in the upper chest gives way leading to vertical wrinkles. If you tanned a lot in your youth, sun spots can also be a concern for this area. Prevent further damage by wearing sun protection and applying it often. For increased firmness, look for products aimed at tightening and hydrating the skin.