I was listening to The View yesterday and Whoopie was talking about women aging and getting plastic surgery to look younger. She also said you can always tell a woman’s age by looking at her hands. This reminded me of the article I wrote 5 years ago about sunscreen for your hands. It listed some of my favorite hand creams with SPF at that time. I will be reposting this article, however, I have a new favorite hand cream with SPF.
Most people take care of their face: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. Most often our moisturizer or makeup has sunscreen to protect our face from the harmful UV rays from the sun. But what about our hands? I just noticed a sunspot on my hand today. Sun spots are a sign of sun damage. Sun damage= wrinkles. Have you ever noticed an older woman with a smooth flawless face and then looked at her hands and all you can see are manicured wrinkled hands? The saying goes that you can tell how old a woman is by looking at her hands (see pictures below). Our hands are exposed everyday to the sun especially while driving when our hands are on the steering wheel. We should start protecting our hands with sunscreen (with a minimum SPF of 15 regularly) the same way we do with our face.
Effects of the sun:
The sun has the greatest impact on how our skin ages. A large percentage of our aging is caused by the rays of sun. As we age, the collagen and elastin of the skin naturally weakens causing wrinkles and sagging. UV rays makes this happen at a much faster rate.
My new favorite hand cream is Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with SPF 40. It left my hands moisturized and not feeling greasy. It fits perfectly in your car cupholder. I also love that its paraben, oxybenzone and cruelty free. You can purchase them at supergoop.com or Sephora.