• Sunscreen: You knew this one was coming, right? Well, it’s one of the most important things you can do (Laurel Pantin’s mom knew this a long time ago!). Go for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and use it every single day, recommends Dr. Luis Navarro, who’s the director of the Vein Treatment Center of New York. Sun damage accelerates the loss of collagen.
• Moisturize: This should also be a daily activity, because dry skin ages more quickly and generally looks older. Dr. Navarro also recommends gentle exfoliation on the backs of your hands. And you can put the same collagen boosting lotions and dark spot correcting serums on your hands as you do on your face. Try Vaseline Intensive Care Renewal Age Defining Body Lotion, which will moisturize and boost collagen, and I love Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector.
• Wear gloves: Cover them up when you’re doing dishes and scrubbing toilets to protect your skin. Remember what Rhett Butler said to Scarlett in Gone With the Wind? You can always tell a lady by her hands.
• Use mild hand soap: Harsh soaps will strip away oils and leave your skin dry, which we’ve already determined is the quick path to zombie-ville.
Okay, so have you already ignored all these rules and want to fix your hands? There are some treatments for that.