Treatment for aging hands

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What can make my hands look younger?

If age spots, wrinkly skin, or other signs of aging bother you, you can have more youthful-looking hands. Thanks to advances in dermatology, it’s possible to diminish these signs of aging safely and with little or no downtime.

Age spots

Many adults develop age spots on their hands. These spots tend to gradually increase in size with age and time spent in the sun.

Treatment: You have options. A board-certified dermatologist can effectively lighten or remove age spots on your hands with:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing)

  • Laser therapy

  • Chemical peeling

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Skin-lightening creams and lotions

The creams and lotions take the longest to deliver results, but they cost less.

Skin-lightening creams: How to use them safely

Rough, scaly patches (AKs)

If you have fair skin and spent quite a bit of time in the sun without sun protection, you may notice rough patches on your skin. Rough patches frequently develop on our hands because the hands get lots of sun.

These rough patches may be actinic keratoses (AKs), which are precancerous growths. AKs usually develop in fair-skinned people who are 40 years of age or older.

AKs can develop earlier if you used tanning beds or live in a state that gets lots of sunshine, such as Florida or California.

Treatment: To find out how dermatologists diagnose and treat AKs, go to, Actinic keratoses.

Do you feel a rough patch on your hand or elsewhere on your skin? If so, see a dermatologist to find out if it’s an AK. Some AKs turn into skin cancer.

Loss of youthful fullness

When hands lose their youthful fullness, skin becomes lax and starts to develop a crepe-paper-like texture. With less fullness, the veins in your hands also become more noticeable.

Treatment: To restore lost fullness, your dermatologist can inject:

  • A filler

  • Fat from another part of your body

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one filler, calcium hydroxylapatite (hi-drox-e-lap-ah-tight), to treat the hands. With this filler, you’ll see more fullness immediately. The results last 6 months to 1 year.

Other fillers are also used to restore youthful fullness to the hands. Sometimes a person’s own fat may be the most effective option.

A board-certified dermatologist who has experience rejuvenating hands with fillers (or fat) can tell you what will work best for you.

Visible veins

While a filler or fat transfer can restore youthful fullness, some veins are just too big to hide with a filler or fat transfer.

If a large vein bothers you, a dermatologist can treat it safely.

Treatment: Laser treatment is often the go-to treatment today. During this procedure, your dermatologist inserts a laser fiber into the vein and then fires the laser. This destroys the vein, which will gradually disappear.

Sclerotherapy (sclare-oh-ther-a-pee) may be another option. During this procedure, your dermatologist injects a substance into the vein to destroy it. This causes the vein to disappear slowly.

Wrinkly skin (looks like crepe paper)

Applying sunscreen to your hands every day can prevent wrinkly skin on your hands. If you haven’t been doing this and now have wrinkly skin, treatment can help.

Treatment: Your dermatologist may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Lotion containing a retinol or glycolic acid (apply before bedtime)

  • Light chemical peel, every 1 to 3 months

  • Laser treatment

When treating wrinkling, the lotion and light chemical peel are often used together.

If laser treatment is an option, it can also help diminish age spots.

Loose skin

As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, substances that keep our skin firm and plump.

Treatment: Radiofrequency, a procedure that sends heat deep into the skin, can tighten loose skin. Most people need only one treatment on their hands.

A filler or laser treatment can also tighten loose skin.


As we age our skin holds less water, so our skin becomes drier. This can cause your skin to feel rough.

Treatment: To smooth rough skin on your hands, your dermatologist can apply a mild chemical peel.

To maintain the results you get from treatment, it helps to apply a moisturizer every day. Your dermatologist can recommend an effective moisturizer.

Brittle nails

About 20% of us have brittle nails. You’re more likely to have brittle nails if you are a woman over 60, but anyone can develop this condition.

If you have brittle nails, you’ll likely see lines running lengthwise on your nails (ridges), as shown in this picture. You may also notice that your nails peel or break easily.

Treatment: To treat brittle nails successfully, you must stop doing everything that could be causing your brittle nails. Spending lots of time with wet hands or using harsh chemicals without wearing protective gloves can cause brittle nails.

Your dermatologist can help you figure out what’s causing your brittle nails.

After you stop doing what’s causing your brittle nails, you’ll want to rehydrate your nails, cuticles, and the surrounding skin. Your dermatologist will recommend a moisturizer, such as urea cream or mineral oil.

Most people apply the moisturizer before bedtime. After moisturizing, you may need to wear a light cotton glove. This helps your skin and nails absorb the moisturizer. You’ll wear this while you sleep.

For many patients, the above helps diminish brittle nails. Some patients need more help, such as using a special nail enamel. Your dermatologist can tell you what can help treat your brittle nails.

Making your results from hand rejuvenation last

While you cannot stop aging, there are things you can do to make your results last longer. Here’s what dermatologists recommend:

  1. Protect your hands from the sun. This is essential if you want to maintain the results you see after treatment. Many dermatologists also recommend wearing a thin, sun-protective glove while driving.

  2. Wear gloves while cleaning and gardening. Hot water, detergents, and yard work can dry your skin, which can age your hands.

  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Applying a lotion or cream after washing your hands and bathing helps to trap water in your skin, which can plump up your skin.

  4. Keep appointments for maintenance treatments. If your dermatologist treated you in the office, getting follow-up treatments as recommended can help you maintain your results. For example, if you had a filler, you may need another injection in 8 to 12 months.

To protect your hands from the sun, apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to your hands every day before going outdoors.

Why see a dermatologist

Your results depend largely on the skill and experience of the person performing your treatment, so it’s important to see a board-certified dermatologist. These doctors have the expertise and training necessary to perform these treatments safely. They can also tell you whether a treatment will deliver the results you seek, given the condition of your skin, your age, and your health.

Related AAD resources

  • Ask a dermatologist: How can I keep hands looking youthful?

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Hand Rejuvenation: The Best Treatments for Aging Hands

Written by Courtney Gill, PA-C, Certified Physician Assistant on August 24, 2018 • 4 Comments 4 Shares

Have you ever heard the saying “If you want to really know a woman’s age, look at her hands”? The hands are often one of the first body areas that show off old age. They are also highly visible in almost everything we do in daily life. This is why it’s very ironic that the hands are often neglected, with patients instead focusing their anti-aging efforts on their face, neck, chest, or legs.

Hand aging is characterized by a loss of tissue volume and elasticity of the skin which can increase the visibility of tendons, veins, and bones on the back of the hand. Additionally, years of exposure to UV rays and other free radicals cause the skin on the hands to appear spotted, dull, wrinkled, and/or crepe.

The good news is that there are many great ways to address hand aging. The following describes hand rejuvenation treatment options grouped by the specific aging symptom they address:

Aging Symptom: Sun Damage / Dullness / Roughness

The tone and texture of the hands can degrade after years of accumulated exposure to the various elements like radiation from the sun, cold winter temps, or pollution. Most individuals will start to notice the accumulation of sun spots and sun damage as early as their late 30’s. The skin along the back of the hands can also being to appear dull and be rough to the touch.

Best Treatments

Fraxel Dual: Fraxel Dual (previously Fraxel Restore) is a non-invasive laser treatment that causes sloughing of the outer most layers of the skin to improve both skin texture and tone. The procedure can also minimize the appearance of sun spots on the skin as well.

Chemical Hand Peel: Chemical Peels are a great way to lighten sun spots and refresh the skin. Peels are topically applied formulas that revitalize the skin surface by creating an even and controlled shedding of the skin cells. This allows new layers to be exposed, creating a fresh appearance and smoother texture to the skin surface.

IPL Photofacial: Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial treatments use precise amounts of visible light to effectively treat pigmentation and sun damage. IPL can effectively treat red/brown color and improve sun-damaged skin.

Aging Symptom: Loose Skin / Wrinkles

Over time the skin on the hands (and all other areas of the body) experiences a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that help the skin stay plump and firm. Slowly, our elasticity declines as the tightly knot network of fibers under the skin begins to loosen. The skin at the back of the hands becomes loose and begins to sag. The development of wrinkles or lines is also common.

Best Treatment

Laser Hand Treatments: The best option to tighten skin on hands is through various laser treatments like Fraxel Dual or Ultherapy. These skin treatments use laser technology to heat the collagen under the skins surface, causing the skin to both lift and tighten. These treatments also stimulate the skin to produce more collagen and elastin leading to long-term firming of the skin.

Aging Symptom: Bony Hands (Volume Loss)

Normal aging causes the fat and other tissue below the skin to deplete. This volume loss results in skeleton-looking hands as the bones and tendons of the hand protrude and are more prominent. The only way to correct volume loss is to replace it.

Best Treatment

Dermal Fillers: Dermal fillers such as Restylane Lyft or Radiesse can instantly replace volume back into the hands, masking tendons and bones in the back of the hands. These fillers have both been approved by the FDA for effectively and safely adding back lost volume to the hands. The procedure is relatively painless, requires no downtime, and results last for up to 1 year.

Aging Symptom: Protruding Veins

The normal aging process results in both the loss of camouflaging tissue and the darkening of the veins. This results in another common characteristic of “granny hands”: the appearance of unsightly spider veins.

Best Treatment

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is a simple, non-surgical treatment that has the ability to make hand veins quickly disappear. Sclerotherapy uses a sclerosing solution that is injected into overtly visible hand veins, causing them to close. Without the flow of blood, the vein later fades from view. Sclerotherapy is also very safe as it only eliminates non-functioning veins.


Courtney Gill PA-C, Certified Physician Assistant, earned her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She is qualified to diagnose, treat and prescribe appropriate medical therapy for various dermatological conditions. Courtney sees patients at our Westlake location.

  1. Demetria says:

    Interested in procedure to remove wrinkles from my hands. Dr

    • WD Staff says:

      Great Demetria, please give us a call at 512.328.3376 for a consultation. Depending on your specific needs and preferences there are few options that are possible. We’ll help you find the right treatment plan!

  2. Ilse says:

    My veins are big on my hands and they seem like they are super functional, so I don’t understand how you can say sclerotherapy only treats non-functional veins. They are the ones that are protruding and I mean its not spider veins,k just bulging veins that I had forever, but now that my skin is so thin and I’m older, it shows more and ages my hands as I also have very bony hands. Not sure if I should get the veins treated with this procedure, laser, or filler for volume.

    • WD Staff says:

      Hi Ilse,

      Thanks for reading our post and submitting your great comment! In your case sclerotherapy may be a good course of treatment. However its always best to see an experienced provider for an in-person consultation as laser treatments or even surgical excision may be better. Everything depends on your specific characteristics. If you’re in the Austin area please give us a call to setup a consultation!

      WD Staff

As our hands receive so much exposure, it is one of the first places to start showing visible signs of ageing.
Natural ageing and exposure to sunlight can cause this appearance. The more common visible signs of ageing are darkened spots also known as age spots and sun spots. A loss of fatty tissue also occurs, making our hands look wrinkly and thin.

Believe it or not ageing hands is a common concern treated at our award winning skin clinics across Ireland. Improving the appearance of ageing hands at The Laser and Skin Clinic is usually a three step process:

One: If age spots and discoloration are your main concern, these dark spots can easily be treating with Laser Pigmentation Removal or alternatively with ActiveFX Laser Resurfacing. Only Touch Chemical Peel is also a quick and simple way to erase unwanted sun spots.

Two: If you have loss of volume and thin skin on your hands, injectable fillers can plump the hands and give a more youthful look.

Three: To keep the skin on your hands looking younger it is important to take care of them as part of your daily skin care routine – use a UVB/UVA sunscreen DAILY and avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible.

5 Amazing Anti-Aging Hand Creams That Have Near-Perfect Ratings Image zoom

When it comes to anti-aging products, you probably already have a bathroom cabinet full of serums and creams dedicated to your face. But don’t forget to show your hands a little extra attention, too—they’re often one of the first areas to show signs of aging because of how often they’re exposed to the elements. Not to mention, they’re typically one of the most forgotten about (and in turn, least cared for) parts of our bodies.

If you’re starting to notice dark spots, wrinkles, or crepey skin on your hands, it might be the right time to introduce an anti-aging hand cream into your daily beauty routine. Much like your favorite anti-aging face products, these creams help keep the delicate skin on your hands looking fresh, youthful, and free from pesky age spots.

Similar to most skincare products, the number of different anti-aging creams offered in stores can be overwhelming. So to help you find the best hand cream that’ll effectively help fix your aging concerns, we’ve combed through over 100 products and chosen a few standout options that truly set themselves apart from the rest.

These top-rated hand creams boast countless five-star reviews and have thousands of likes combined. According to customers, these best-selling creams not only fix crepey hands, but also work to hydrate, plump, and brighten delicate skin. Whether you’re looking for an option with SPF or a hand cream with retinol, you’ll find something to address your skin concerns from this list of the five anti-aging hand creams that customers love the most.

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1 Best Anti-Aging Hand Cream for Age Spots: Strivectin Volumizing Hand Treatment

This super hydrating hand cream by Strivectin boasts an impressive 4.2-star rating on Ulta, and rightfully so—it’s specially formulated with a brightening complex to help minimize age spots, as well as volumizing spheres and hyaluronic acid that work together to nourish skin and prevent the loss of elasticity. “In just one night I saw a huge difference, my age spots were faded and my hands more hydrated,” said one rave review. “And the best part is it only takes a drop of the cream, so use it every morning and night you…will be amazed. This is definitely a must try!”

To buy: $29;

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2 Best Anti-Aging Hand Cream for Crepey Skin: Medix 5.5 Retinol + Ferulic Acid Anti-Sagging Treatment

Looking to fix loose, crepey skin? Try this anti-aging treatment by Medix 5.5. While the powerful antioxidant-rich formula can be used anywhere on your body, tons of Amazon reviewers say it works wonders on their hands. The fast-acting formula works to shrink the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots while simultaneously improving your skin’s tone and elasticity. One five-star reviewer called it “the best product I’ve ever used,” and continued, “The first three days I was able to see a drastic improvement. A week later my skin had gotten so smooth there were no traces of crepey skin at all.”

To buy: $14;

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3 Best Anti-Aging Hand Cream With Retinol: Robanda Anti-Aging Hand Treatment

Thanks to its ability to reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone, retinol is one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients out there—so it makes sense that it’s the main ingredient in this highly-reviewed hand cream by Robanda. Not only does it diminish the appearance of any wrinkles and age spots that are already present, but it also helps prevent any future damage. “This product works really well. My hands seem to get more wrinkles from using water, but when I bought this product, the wrinkles seem to smooth out,” one satisfied customer raved. “My hands looked more youthful and I like the smell. I will definitely be buying this product in the future.”

To buy: $12;

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4 Best Anti-Aging Hand Cream for Wrinkles and Dryness: -417 Anti-Aging Hand Moisturizer

If dry, wrinkled hands are making you appear older than you are, give this hand moisturizer from -417 a try. The non-greasy formula is made with all-natural ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and primrose oil. The combination of rejuvenating vitamins and essential oils work together to hydrate and repair skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One customer, who gave the moisturizer a perfect rating, called it a “miracle cream” and said it made her hands look 30 years younger.

To buy: $17;

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5 Best Anti-Aging Hand Cream with SPF: Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream With SPF 40

Since pesky UV rays are one of the biggest causes of early aging, investing in a good hand cream with a high SPF is the best way to avoid future damage. This option from Supergoop! not only has SPF 40 for optimal sun protection, but it’s also infused with powerful antioxidants and natural oils to nourish, moisturize, and brighten the skin on your hands. One happy reviewer said the hand cream not only left her hands feeling more hydrated, but it also improved their appearance and made them look “younger and more vibrant.”

To buy: $12;

Your eyes may be a window to your soul, but when it comes to your age, it’s your hands that will give you away. Hallie*, 56, a screenwriter in Los Angeles, had been getting Botox in her face for years when she had this realization: “I knew if I didn’t do something, my hands would reveal my true age. I was a maniac about sun protection but they were still aging, and I just didn’t want wrinkly, veiny hands.” These days, L.A. dermatologist Karyn Grossman takes fat from Hallie’s backside and injects it in her hands. “It only takes about 10 minutes, and the results are instantaneous,” Hallie says effusively. “I hardly swell, and if there’s a bruise I just say I bumped into a door.”

She’s not alone in singing the praises of the buzzed-about hand lift. “There’s been an explosion in women treating their hands,” Grossman says. Having conquered the unlined look above the neck, many women want bodies to match, and hands, which are unavoidably out in the open 24/7, are the new focus du jour. All women, even the resolutely Botox-less, are apt to notice that their hands age differently from (and often sooner than) their face. “The dermis thins, causing veins to become more prominent, and as collagen decreases, the skin wrinkles up,” explains New York and Miami dermatologist Fredric Brandt. “Plus, because most women don’t protect their hands from the sun, they get age spots.” The arsenal of treatments available includes lasers to remove brown splotches and eliminate crepey skin, and a variety of injectables that reduce a bony appearance. “Together they can take 10 years off,” Brandt says.

Fillers are usually the first weapon. Grossman prefers to use a patient’s fat, which has minimal or no risk of causing an allergic reaction. New York dermatologist Patricia Wexler agrees. “The stem cells in fat give you plumpness as well as radiance,” she says. Wexler, who is a big proponent of restoring volume, adds, “You can have a beautiful, smooth, plumped face, but if your hands are shriveling with veins sticking out, people will wonder if you had a head transplant. It’s silly to stop treatment at the neck.” While fat injections can be permanent, the process requires monthly injections for up to a year and costs between $3,000 and $8,000. There is also some swelling and bruising at the injection site, though it typically dissipates in a week.

For women with less free time (or disposable income), Wexler and Grossman both turn to the filler Radiesse. Injections begin at $1,000, but patients need just one or two treatments a year. All fillers (Brandt prefers Restylane) have the bonus of diminishing the look of prominent veins by filling out the surrounding area. And the most cutting-edge injectable, LaViv, actually helps your hands help themselves look better. “We take skin from behind your ear, process it for two to three months to grow your own collagen-producing cells, and then inject them into your hands to stimulate collagen growth, which makes them look younger,” says Brandt. (Cost: $800 to $2,000 per monthly session; three are recommended.) There may be bruising for the first week; results last up to a year, possibly longer.

But while injections can plump up the skin, they won’t correct telltale age spots. Applying Retin-A religiously can help, but for real results there’s the Fraxel Dual and ActiveFX, fractional lasers that penetrate the top layer of skin, blasting brown spots and stimulating collagen production so skin looks smoother. Afterward, hands are red and swollen for a day or two, and the brown spots flake off in a week to 10 days. (Cost: $1,000 to $2,500 per monthly session; one to three are recommended.) “If you have significant sun damage,” says Grossman, “we go up the arms with the laser as well to avoid a clear demarcation,” which leads to even more smooth, rejuvenated skin. Who says you can’t beat the hands of time?

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The No. 1 Skin Care Product You Need For Younger-Looking Hands

Did you know that hands are one of the first places to show signs of aging? Unfortunately, it’s true. However, just like the complexion, there are ways to combat aging skin — i.e. wrinkles, dark spots, and sun damage — through skin care.

Curious to know more? We take a look at some of the best anti-aging tips for hands, plus the one skin care product you need for younger-looking hands (page 5), ahead.

1. Apply rosehip oil

Rosehip oil is a favorite of several celebrities. | Pai Skincare

Price: $40

Many celebrities — including, Kate Middleton — have raved about the powerful anti-aging benefits of rosehip oil. But, did you know that its use doesn’t have to be confined to the complexion? In fact, you can apply the nourishing, antioxidant-rich oil to the tops of your hands (or mix it into your hand cream) to protect the skin against aging environmental aggressors.

We love Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil for its omega-rich formula that regenerates, nourishes, protects, and restores the skin. Apply 1-2 drops of this amazing skin care oil to the tops of your hands (and into your cuticles) for more radiant-looking mitts.

Next: Masking isn’t just for your face.

2. Give hand masks a try

A mask without the mess. | Sephora

Price: $8

Another skin care product that can help combat signs of aging on the hands? Masks! That said, you don’t have to apply a goopy face mask to the tops of your hands to reap the benefits of masking. In fact, there are a handful (pun intended) of products out there that are specifically formulated to mask without the mess.

Case in point: Nails Inc. Shine Bright Moisturizing & Anti-Aging Hand Mask. We love this anti-aging hand mask because it can deliver powerful anti-aging ingredients to the skin via a pair of disposable gloves.

Next: Soften your hands with this commitment-free product.

3. Exfoliate for softer skin

Scrub for softer hands. | LUSH

Price: $16.95

Exfoliation can do more than soften the skin. It can slough off dull skin, even the skin tone, and rejuvenate the hands — revealing a more youthful-looking glow.

Once a week, treat your mitts to some exfoliation with Lush Cosmetics Salted Coconut hand scrub. Formulated with fresh ingredients — such as, sea salt, lemon extract, argan oil, coconut oil, and neroli oil — the abrasive hand scrub works to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cell buildup, revealing softer, smoother, more youthful-looking hands.

Next: How to get rid of dark spots on hands.

4. Try a brightening hand treatment

Hands tell people’s age better than faces do. | Dermstore

Price: $38

When it comes to aging, dull skin is inevitable. Luckily, there’s something you can do about it. In addition to exfoliating once a week, treat your hands to a brightening hand treatment — such as, the Goldfaden MD Hands to Heart Anti-Aging Plus Brightening Hand Treatment — to even the skin tone and reveal brighter, more radiant-looking hands.

Next: This is the no. 1 skin care product you need for youthful hands.

5. Use a hand cream with SPF

Sunscreen is the key to anti-aging. | Supergoop

Price: $12-$38

The best way to promote younger-looking skin? Moisturize and protect. That said, using a hand cream infused with SPF 30 or more can be one of the best things you can do for the skin on your hands. Not only does hand cream nourish and replenish the skin with moisture, when infused with SPF it can also protect against sun damage (i.e. wrinkles and dark spots).

We love the Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 with Sea Buckthorn for its nutrient-rich formula and added SPF 40. Infused with meadowfoam and argan oil, the sunscreen hand cream can nourish and protect the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.

Next: How to combat aging hands without any additional products.

6. Rub leftover skin care products onto your hands

Rub the excess product into your hands. | OlgaMiltsova/iStock/Getty Images

Looking for ways to anti-age your hands without adding more products to your routine? Instead of rinsing your hands after applying your nourishing facial oils and creams to your complexion, rub the excess product into the tops of your hands and cuticles. Doing so not only saves product, it can result in healthier, more youthful-looking hands, too.

Next: Making this a habit could result in younger-looking hands.

7. Apply hand cream before bed

Replenish your skin while you sleep. | Emergin C

Price: $16.50

One of the best times to apply hand cream is before bed. That’s because the skin spends the night rejuvenating itself and the added moisture helps replenish and nourish the skin. We love emerginC Relief Hand Cream for its ability to deeply soften and replenish dry skin on the hands.

Want to up the ante? Apply a little more product than usual and put gloves (or socks) on to help lock in the moisture!

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Beauty experts talk all the time about anti-aging skin care routines for the face and neck, but how often do we give hands the TLC they deserve? We know, the thought of a hand care routine might sound a bit indulgent, but it makes sense when you consider that hands are one of the first spots to reveal your age.

Whether you’re hoping to avoid aging hands early on or are simply looking for ways to turn back the hands of time, TODAY Style enlisted several skin care pros to help you nail your anti-aging hand care routine in no time. They’re breaking down the most common causes of aging hands — and sharing a few tricks for keeping your hands forever young.

Sun exposure is one of the main causes of aging hands. Getty Images

Hands and the sun

The first part of establishing an anti-aging hand care routine? Recognizing the huge role sun exposure plays in the aging process.

“Cumulative sun exposure over many years can lead to brown sun spots, irregular pigmentation, thinning of the skin and wrinkles,” said Dr. Allison Arthur, board-certified dermatologist at the Sand Lake Dermatology Center in Orlando, Florida.

Regular sunscreen application can obviously protect you from sunburns and skin cancer, but it can also do a pretty solid job of shielding your hands from the aging side effects of the sun. Sadly, though, hands can sometimes become an afterthought when you’re focused on covering the rest of your exposed body in SPF.

“The hands are not protected as well as other areas of skin (i.e. by clothing or makeup) and are exposed daily to the sun. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun causes about 80 percent of the skin changes that are associated with aging,” Arthur said. “Many people neglect the hands when they are applying sunscreen or the sunscreen gets washed off and is not reapplied.”

You might not intentionally forget to protect your hands with sunscreen, but doing so clearly has cumulative aging effects. And even though many of us are seeking the best hand cream for aging hands, it seems like good old SPF just might be the best solution of all.

Routine activities like washing dishes or cleaning can seriously dry out your hands. Getty Images

What else causes aging hands?

Sun exposure is responsible for its fair share of aging, but UV rays aren’t the only reason your hands might be looking a bit less youthful.

“Hands are exposed to wind, rain, work, sun and water, and as a result they age faster than other areas of the body,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur.

Routine daily habits like frequent hand washing, doing the dishes, cleaning with certain chemicals and forgetting to apply hand cream can seriously dry out your hands — and set the stage for aging later on.

Certain medications, medical conditions or hereditary factors can also be responsible for thinning skin on your hands. And let’s not forget one of the most obvious causes of aging hands: aging itself.

“As you age, the elasticity of the skin on your hands as well as the abundance of collagen begins to dissipate, making the skin on your hands look and feel more fragile,” said Amos Lavian, founder and president of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals.

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It also doesn’t help that your hands are on full display most of the time, meaning others can easily notice changes in their appearance.

Moisturizer can make a difference.Getty Images

Starting your hand care routine

Facial serums and anti-aging moisturizers have become a regular part of our skin care routines, but how many of us have hand cream for aging hands in our beauty cabinet? Sure, we may amp up our moisturizing game in the winter when cracked skin abounds, but we don’t exactly have a dedicated anti-aging hand care routine.

“Most people are well aware that they need to develop a proper skin care routine for their face. This helps with prevention as well as minimizing the signs of aging. Sadly, our hands are often forgotten as part of any sort of regimen, which is part of the reason they show our age,” Lavian said. “The skin on the back of our hands is thinner than our face and other parts of our body, which make it more susceptible to wrinkles and sun damage.”

Just like the skin on our face and neck, the skin on the back of our hands has its own unique set of needs.

“The hands have fewer sebaceous glands than the face. Sebaceous glands produce sebum, an oily substance that helps to protect the skin by keeping it lubricated and waterproof. This lack of abundant sebaceous glands makes the skin more prone to dryness,” Arthur said.

And when you think about it, you use your hands for just about everything — cooking, cleaning, typing, exercising, etc. — so they really do deserve a bit of extra TLC.

“It’s never too early to start an anti-aging hand routine. Just like your face, your hands need to be well taken care of in order to protect them against visible signs of aging,” Lavian said.

There are plenty of simple ways to slow down the inevitable signs of aging hands, and your routine doesn’t have to be over the top.

“As a rule, I tell patients to simply use their anti-aging facial regimen on their hands. So, use a sunblock with UVA and UVB protection and if desired, a good antioxidant,” said Dr. Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist based in the Boston area.

Nail your anti-aging hand care routine with the following tips:

  • Apply sunscreen to the back of your hands and don’t forget to reapply! “My favorite sunscreen to use on my hands is Colorescience Sunforgettable, which is a brush-on powder sunscreen that contains zinc and titanium. It is easy to use when you are on-the-go, and not greasy or messy,” Arthur said.
  • Switch up your moisturizer at night: “For evening, opt for a protein-rich hand cream formula with ingredients like hyaluronic acid (to help plump up thin skin), emblica (a natural skin lightener to aid in the correction of age spots), soothing extracts or essential oils (for extra hydration) and a formula that is water-reactivated so that you don’t have to constantly reapply,” Lavian said.
  • Seek out the best hand cream for aging hands: Look for a hand cream that contains ceramides, molecules that help to form a protective layer and retain moisture. If you are working on a computer or handling papers during the day and don’t want your palms and fingertips to feel greasy, squirt a dollop of moisturizer on the back of one hand, then rub the backs of the hands together. This avoids getting any cream on your palms. My favorite hand cream is EltaMD So Silky Hand Creme,” Arthur said.
  • Try different treatments for aging hands: “I suggest using a mild exfoliant on the back of your hands once a week to help slough off dead skin and allow your SPF and moisturizer to seep into your skin better,” Lavian said.
  • Go the extra mile: “If you live in a dry climate, like Arizona, or live in an area with extreme temperatures in the winter (hello, New England!), I recommend taking an extra step of applying a luxuriously hydrating hand cream to the front and back of hand at night and putting on a spa glove for an hour, once a week. It may sound silly but this will create a spa-like treatment and impart extra moisture on your dry hands,” Lavian said.
  • Cover things up: ”Consider ultraviolet protective gloves (like these from Bloxsun) for activities such as driving in the car, going for walks and bike riding.

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Can you reverse the effects of aging hands?

So your hands are already starting to show a few signs of aging, huh? Luckily, there are a few ways to give hands a more youthful appearance.

If you want to start off slowly, there are several at-home treatments for aging hands, like retinoids and at-home chemical peels, that can lighten discoloration from sun damage and treat irregular pigmentation.

Of course, sometimes you need to call in the pros to help, and dermatologists certainly have plenty of treatments for aging hands.

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“A derm can offer options with soft tissue filler materials to help with the appearance of ropy vessels and bony-looking hands, and lasers to remove sun damage and improve the texture,” Hirsch said.

One such solution? Restylane Lyft, an injectable filler for hands that the FDA recently approved.

“I love using Restylane Lyft in the back of the hand to smooth out the skin and cover prominent veins and tendons. Patients need about 1-2 syringes per hand. It lasts over six months and is virtually painless. We combine this filler with laser treatments to purify the skin from sun spots,” Marmur said.

Light therapy is another option for aging hands.

“Intense pulsed light (IPL) is the most popular treatment in my practice to help reverse the signs of aging on the hands. IPL uses light-based energy to fade sun spots and produce a more even skin tone,” Arthur said.

But remember, it’s always easier to practice prevention as a first method of defense.

“The best advice I give to my customers is before you notice a problem, begin treatment and prevention,” Lavian said. “Or, if it is too late, begin taking extra steps as soon as you notice the telltale signs of aging on your hands.”

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Want Younger-Looking Hands? Give These Anti-Aging Hand Treatments a Try

When it comes to aging skin — whether you’re in your mid-20s or mid-60s — we can all agree: Your hands go first. Although a number of factors are at play, neglect is the biggest culprit. If you’ve never thought to apply sunscreen to your hands before going for a drive or hate using hand cream, this one’s for you.

From a hand cream that gets rid of wrinkles and improves elasticity in less than two weeks to a sugar scrub that sloughs off rough skin and impurities, we’re sharing the best anti-aging hand treatments here.

1. The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry

The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry | The Chemistry Brand

Say goodbye to aging hands with The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry ($20). The highly concentrated, multifunctional hand cream works simultaneously to treat eight signs of aging — firmness, elasticity, brightness, texture, density, evenness, smoothness and hydration — and promote younger-looking hands. Formulated with a 19.5% active complex, the hydrating hand cream is enriched with a biotechnological derivative of the mushroom, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp. This amazing plant is 400 times more powerful than the body’s natural hydrator: hyaluronic acid.

The cream causes the skin’s moisture level to increase by 11% in just 12 hours, 21% in 24 hours, and a whopping 32% in one month. The results? Skin that appears smoother, firmer, and more youthful in just 10 days.

2. Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream | Nordstrom

Want to know the easiest way to protect the hands from the premature signs of aging? Slather them in SPF. Sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s powerful UV rays that are responsible for wrinkles, sun spots, and more.

Enriched with deeply nourishing meadowfoam and argan oil, Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream ($12-38) is an award-winning broad-spectrum SPF 40 hand cream that protects your hands from falling victim to the sun’s damaging UV rays. So whether you’re driving on the highway, playing tennis outside, or enjoying a nice cocktail on the beach, we recommend keeping this cream on hand (pun intended).

3. Karuna Age-Defying+ Hand Mask

Karuna Age-Defying+ Hand Mask | Dermstore

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an anti-aging sheet mask for your hands? Well, guess what. There is! Enriched with nourishing shea butter, soothing aloe vera, and anti-aging antioxidants, the Karuna Age-Defying+ Hand Mask ($32) consists of two sheet gloves that work to treat some of the biggest skin-aging concerns. Also, the slip-on gloves come fully equipped with a wrist-tape, allowing you full mobility to relax and refresh while the mask works its magic.

4. Bionova Age Control Hand, Knee & Elbow Treatment with UV Chromophores

Bionova Age Control Hand, Knee & Elbow Treatment with UV Chromophores | Dermstore

Let’s be honest: When it comes to skin care, our hands are one of the most neglected areas of our body. However, as one of the first places to show signs of aging, skin care plays a major role in preventing and treating signs of aging. Neglect no more with Bionova Age Control Hand, Knee & Elbow Treatment with UV Chromophores ($69). Enriched with powerful anti-aging ingredients — think: vitamin A, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide — the hand, knee, and elbow treatment was specifically designed to mimic your body’s natural self-restoring process to regenerate and rejuvenate upon application. With use, you’ll see an improvement in elasticity and a decrease in wrinkles, fine lines, and other imperfections that leave your hands looking older than they actually are.

5. Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream

Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream | Chantecaille

Did you know retinol is one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients out there? Also known as vitamin A1, retinol is an antioxidant-rich powerhouse that treats signs of aging in the skin. That being said, a retinol-infused hand cream is absolute must. We love Chantecaille Retinol Hand Cream ($78) for its ability to re-texturize the surface of the hands and brighten the skin’s overall appearance. Because it’s formulated with antioxidant-rich vitamin C, lemon extract, and Chilean tree bark extract, the hydrating hand cream works to soften the skin while promoting brighter, more youthful skin.

6. L’Occitane Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub

L’Occitane Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub | L’Occitane

One of the best ways to take years off your skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliating dry skin not only sloughs off dry, dead skin cell buildup, it improves circulation, regenerates, softens, and smooths for a brighter-looking surface. Once or twice a week, reach for an abrasive hand exfoliator, such as L’Occitane Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub ($24). Formulated with nourishing shea butter and sweet almond oil, the sugar scrub works to slough off dry skin and promote a softer and smoother surface that glows.

7. Lavido Nurturing Hand Cream

Lavido Nurturing Hand Cream | Lavido

Pro tip: Keep a nourishing hand cream — such as Lavido Nurturing Hand Cream ($14) — next to your sink as a reminder to moisturize after washing up. Rinsing your hands is one of the biggest culprits for dry hand skin, but applying a moisturizer to your paws helps lock in moisture, counteracting frequent washings. Moisturized skin naturally looks and feels softer, plumper, and healthier.

We love the Nurturing Hand Cream from Lavido for its ability to soften and soothe even the roughest of skin. Additionally, thanks to its high concentrate of herbal ingredients, the hand cream utilizes the powers of nature to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and more.


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Although aging is a natural process, we can delay it or reverse it through healthy lifestyle choices and it is possible to look 10 or even 20 years younger. However, due to the different chores we perform, our hands are the first parts of the body to show signs of aging.

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Our hands are exposed to chemicals in soaps and cleaners which dry them out. When we frequently expose our hands to the UV lamp during gel manicures, this accelerates the aging process.

Here are five tips to reverse premature aging.

1. Develop a routine early

Don’t wait till you are in your 40s or 50s. Start taking care of your hands now. Just as you have a routine for your face, develop a routine for your hands.

2. Protect your hands

As much as possible, try to use gentle, natural soaps when washing your hands. Use gloves when washing dishes, gardening or cleaning. Keep several moisturizers around — one in your car, your handbag, by the sink, at work and on your bedside table. At night, apply a thick layer of moisturizer and sleep with cotton gloves on.

3. Sunscreen

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Just like your face, your hands need sunscreen whenever you go out or when you are driving. If you do not prefer sunscreen, you could wear a pair of gloves when driving. Always apply sunscreen when having a gel manicure done.

4. Hand cream tips

Creams help to restore softness and give your hands a more youthful appearance. When choosing hand cream look for ingredients such as glycerin, which absorbs and retains moisture or Shea butter, lanolin, and hyaluronic acid. These products form a protective barrier that prevents moisture from evaporating.

5. Exfoliate

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells thereby reducing the dull appearance of your hands. Be gentle as the skin in your hands is quite thin. You can make your own scrub or use the one you use on your face. For a DIY scrub, mix brown sugar with olive oil and apply this to your hands. Gently massage into the skin for a couple of minutes, wash off and moisturize. Do this once a week to get rid of dull skin.

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7 Signs of Aging Hands—and How to Prevent Them

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You treat your face like a work of art, slathering on the best creams, sunscreens, and anti-agers in order to preserve its youthfulness. But what about your hands? Other than the occasional manicure, the delicate skin and nails are often overworked and unprotected. “Without a targeted regimen to slow down the onset of dark spots and textural changes, the hands can age a person faster than the face,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director or cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Use these derm-recommended strategies to keep your hands looking healthy and youthful to boot.

Sun Spots

The dark spots that mark the backs of hands are caused by years of sun exposure, explains Dr. Zeichner. Prevention is key as they typically become more prominent or multiply with age. Rub on a dime-sized dab of sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher before leaving the house and reapply frequently throughout the day. Choose one that also offers defense against infrared radiation, Dr. Zeichner says, which research shows travels deeper into skin than UVA and UVB rays to further accelerate aging. Try Dermaologica Solar Defense Booster Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($48;

To fade existing spots, look for a product with melanin-inhibiting ingredients, such as licorice root, kojic acid, or niacinamide. We like super-silky feel of Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream ($30; Darker, more stubborn spots can be treated with dermatologist-approved fractional lasers (such as Fraxel); you may need up to three treatments at about $500 each.

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Crepey skin

Exposure to UV light also leads to collagen damage that thins the skin and creates that crumpled Shar-Pei-like appearance. Your first line of defense: sunscreen. In addition, the same over-the-counter retinols used to treat facial wrinkles may also be used to improve the texture of hands, says Dr. Zeichner. Smooth on a pea-sized drop before bed to stimulate the production of thickening collagen. Pro pick: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer ($16; For a stronger solution, talk to your doctor about a prescription-only retinoid cream, such as Retin-A.

Prominent veins

Unfortunately, it’s inevitable: “The loss of fat volume that occurs with age exposes the veins that were previously tucked away,” explains Dr. Zeichner. While there is no OTC fix, creams with hyaluronic acid will temporarily plump up the skin to make veins less obvious. Try StriVectin Volumizing Hand Treatment ($29; Injectable fillers, like Sculptra or Radiesse, are commonly used to repair volume in the hands and hide veins by filling in the tissue around them, he adds (expect to pay around $800 per syringe).

Dry patches

Keeping your hands hydrated is a no-brainer. However, as you age, the skin barrier function weakens and becomes more susceptible to external irritants like soap and water. The result: increased dryness, inflammation and sometimes even cracks in the outer layer of skin. For all-day moisture, Dr. Zeichner recommends slathering on an emollient-rich hand cream that contains aluminum salts. “Similar to the technology that’s used in antiperspirants to prevent wetness from leaving the skin, aluminum salts are now being added to hand creams to create a barrier that keeps water in and irritants out.” Find them, plus hydrating glycerin and soothing colloidal oatmeal, in Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream ($8; Because over-washing can dry out the skin and cause inflammation, minimize prolonged contact with water and reapply lotion each time you wash your hands.

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Unkempt Cuticles

Not only to ragged bits look hella haggard, but they can also lead to infection and nail damage. Follow these steps a few nights a week to keep your cuticles like new: Use a chemical cuticle remover to dissolve dead cells (try Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, $5;, then gently push back the skin with a nail grooming tool. Never cut the cuticles—it’s like opening a door for bacteria. Finish by swiping on an occlusive (meaning it sits on the surface of skin) ointment, like Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy ($6;, to repair the skin around the nail.

Stained nails

Yellow nails can add years to your look. While discoloration is likely the result of polish wear and tear, it may be a sign of a more serious fungal infection, so first check in with your doctor. To remove stains caused by nail polish, rub your nail beds with a lemon wedge; the natural citric acid will lighten the yellowish cast. Then smooth the surface and restore shine with a nail buffer. Try the new electronic Amope Pedi Perfect Nail File ($50;, which comes with three interchangeable heads.

Oldschool mani

News flash: A square nail with a thick white tip is pretty outdated. But that doesn’t mean you need crazy nail art to appear youthful. Instead, go for a trendy—and flattering—almond-shaped mani. Pointed tips are super ladylike and can make short, wrinkled fingers appear long and lean. To start the shaping process, snip the sides of nails at a diagonal angle, leaving a small flat tip to round out. Using a glass nail file—its fine grit allows for cleaner shaping than a coarse board—alternate filing both sides toward the center of the nail until the corners are blended into an almond shape, then smooth over the edges with a nail buffer. Stick to sophisticated polish shades like pastel pink or beige, and check out what’s on trend for spring.

Considering the work they do, it’s no wonder our hands seem to age faster than the rest of our bodies. But there are several things you can do (and a few you shouldn’t do) to keep your hands looking young.

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Most of us have a skincare regimen for our faces, but we often forget about our hands, says hand and cosmetic surgeon Bryan Michelow, MD. And that’s a mistake for two reasons — nature and nurture, he says.

What happens as your hands age

“As we age, our skin thins and the fat in the back of our hands diminishes,” Dr. Michelow explains. “The reduced volume and decreased elasticity produces translucent skin that wrinkles and develops age spots.

In the meantime, our hands take some rough treatment.

“We expose our hands to the sun and other noxious elements more than any other part of the body,” Dr. Michelow says. And, because they do more, hands get washed more throughout the day. “Frequent washing in hot water removes the natural oils that lubricate our skin and protect against dry and cracked surfaces,” he says.

How to make hands look younger

So what should you do if you’ve noticed that your hands are looking older than you’d like?

Dr. Michelow says there are three ways to keep them looking their best.

1. Treat the surface.

You can have a big impact on hand appearance with an easy but effective hand-care routine:

  • Protect: Use sunscreen (SPF50 or higher) and reapply frequently. Wear gloves for prolonged outdoor exposure or when cleaning.
  • Moisturize: Keeping hands hydrated is the key to counteracting crepey skin. Apply lotions or creams frequently throughout the day. This will help your skin retain its elasticity.
  • Exfoliate: Dry skin is dead skin, Dr. Michelow says. He recommends using a simple mixture of lemon and sugar to exfoliate and tone your skin. Follow up with a lanolin cream.
  • Correct: You can treat age spots at home with lemon juice or with an over-the-counter topical bleach treatment.

2. Work with the skin’s layers.

You can have periodic treatments to remove the outer layer of skin. These include dermablading, dermabrasion, chemical exfoliation and laser resurfacing.

These treatments help improve the texture and tone of your skin. They also help reduce wrinkles and correct uneven or irregular pigmentation.

3. Consider fat injections.

No, it’s not for everyone, but if you really want to make the skin on your hands look fuller and more youthful, fat injection is one of the best ways, Dr. Michelow says.

“The gold standard is to take your own fat from your tummy, buttock or thighs and place it into the hollow areas on the back of your hands,” he says. This treatment requires minor surgery with one or two weeks of recovery.

Synthetic injections are also an option. However, “using your own fat lasts longer and rejection is not an issue,” Dr. Michelow says.

Polylactic acid is another minimally invasive treatment option. It is a biocompatible, biodegradable powder that the body gradually and naturally absorbs, he says.

What not to do: 3 don’ts

1. Don’t smoke. Smoking is not only bad for your insides, it ages you on the outside as well. “Smoking leads to ‘cigarette skin,’ which is dull, gray, pale and crinkly,” Dr. Michelow says.

2. Don’t use Botox®. In terms of treatments, Dr. Michelow cautions, “Neurotoxins like Botox are of no value because they inhibit muscle movement but have no effect on volume loss.”

3. Don’t have skin removal surgery. Surgery to remove excess skin on the back of the hands carries more risks than benefits, Dr. Michelow says. “It’s not advisable because of scarring and the risk of poor healing.”

Ultimately, the right mix of treatments depends on your needs and goals. But everyone can benefit from taking better care of their hard-working hands.