As the weather changes, a skincare reboot is well worth pondering. And as we get into colder, drier air, hand cream is worth getting your mittens on to protect against not only cold air but also premature aging. Check out our top five reasons hand creams are handy any time of year when it comes to healthy, youthful-looking skin.
1. Hands age differently
Hands are one of the most exposed areas of the skin and are exacerbated by exposure to environmental stressors like UVA/UVB rays, wind, and cold. Add to that natural aging caused by loss of collagen & elastin along with constant motion over time, and you're likely to see hyperpigmentation (age spots), crepey skin, loss of volume, fine lines, and dryness. Regular use of this ultra-nourishing hand cream can help the skin appear its most youthful looking, no matter your age.
According to board-certified dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, “the skin on the hands develops multiple signs of aging. It can present faster than other parts of the body due to various factors. Therefore, the skin is overly exposed to both external and internal causes of aging. Sunspots tend to develop and increase in size with age gradually. Because the hands have little fat, to begin with, any loss of collagen has a noticeable impact. As we age, critical structural proteins like collagen and elastin breakdown, resulting in thinning, loosening, and loss of skin elasticity. Incorporating your hands into your skincare routine is essential with daily sunscreen and moisturizer".
2. Moisturize, and moisturize some more
Since hands are often the first place you'll see the effects of aging, don't let your hands get dried out. Apply hand cream regularly during the day. And since we are all still washing our hands quite a bit, use a hand cream after you wash your hands to protect your skin barrier. Keep some hand cream on your sink or vanity and one at your workstation at home or in the office to maximize moisture.
3. Control the crepe
It's not just wrinkles that are a concern as we age. It's also the crepe factor. According to Dr. Levin, "crepey skin is due to loss of proteins and components in the skin that provides integrity, support, and protection. Collagen and elastin are two important proteins in our dermis which provides skin thickness, integrity, firmness, and bounciness. With the loss of these proteins, the skin can appear crepey, crinkled, and saggy. The primary cause of crepey skin? Sun damage over time”.
4. Consider your climate
Whether you live in a dry climate like New Mexico or live in New York with extreme winters, you need hand cream. If you have the time, apply hand cream to the front and back of your hands and wear some spa gloves for about an hour while you catch up on your favorite show. Take self-care into your own hands and make time to moisturize.
5. Boost your routine with something extra
If you're looking for a new hand cream, our NEW Crepe Control™ Brightening & Firming Hand Cream. It's clinically proven to improve the appearance of an even skin tone, dark spots, and crepiness,*** plus smooth wrinkles and visibly firm delicate, thin, overexposed skin. Bonus for the screen-obsessed: after it's absorbed into the skin, it won't leave a greasy residue on electronics like your keyboard or mobile phone. We love the fast-absorbing texture that leaves skin comfortably moisturized, brighter, and more youthful-looking.)
***Based on expert grading when used as directed for eight weeks on thirty-two subjects
+Based on instrumentation testing after four & eight weeks
What is the Skin Barrier and Why is it so Important?
Are you doing all you can for the foundation of healthy-looking skin?