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How to Keep Your Neck And Hands Looking Youthful

Updated on December 4, 2008

Women are constantly looking for and using that one magical cream or serum to diminish fine lines and wrinkles from their face. All the while not realizing that their neck and hands have continued to age. It makes no difference how young your face looks or how many face lifts or surgical procedures you have had, if you do not care for your hands they will be shouting your true age. Most people can correctly guess whether a women is in her 40's 50's 60's or older just by looking at her hands. The hands are also the second place people look to try and guess your age. The face is first of course.

Clues to a woman's true age can also be seen on the neck. Your neck may show signs of blotchiness or sagging which contradict the look of a smooth well cared for complexion.

Help For Your Hands

The much dreaded age spot found on an older woman's hands occur when the skin produces more pigment which clusters together in dark patches instead of being evenly distributed. Sun exposure may be the reason for this.

Dermatologists from Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami have said using a bleaching product called hydroquinone is the most effective way to lose the spots. Hydroquinone comes in over the counter concentrations of up to 2% with prescription strength being up to 4%. It blocks the enzymes needed to make melanin. Then as surface cells slough off, the new non-pigmented cells replace the older darker ones.

If you try this method be sure to read and follow all directions on the bottle completely.

Using prescription retinoids, milder over the counter retinol, or alpha-hydroxy acid serums along with the hydroquinone will speed up the process.

More Help For Hands

You should always use sunscreen each and every day. It does not matter how many creams you use, if you do not use a good sunscreen your skin will still get wrinkles and sunspots. Use the sunscreen on your face and neck and also on your hands.

AHA masks and at home peels applied to the top of hands slough of dull dead skin cells while helping to speed up new cell regeneration. After using this method the skin on your hands will have a much smoother texture and this makes the appearance of lines and wrinkles less noticeable.

Reverse moisture loss by sloughing off dead skin cells with a good exfoliating scrub. Then drench your hands in a lotion or cream containing glycerin, petrolatum and dimethicone. Olay Body Quench Therapy Hand Cream contains those key ingredients.

Help For The Neck

Try using lightening products that can be used on the face as well. Use products that contain arbutin and kojic acid. Lumene Premium Beauty Rejuvenating Neck and Decollete Cream is an example. This can be found at CVS or or drug stores.

Use retinoids or over the counter retinol once a week on your neck to increase collagen while improving texture. Next use a good nightly moisturizer. It is not easy to get rid of sagging on your neck without surgery, but doctors recommend trying a firming product and keeping the skin hydrated. Thismay help to give it a more toned look.

Adding these things to your daily or nightly skincare routine will help to give your skin, face, neck and hands a more youthful appearance.

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      wadenson 

      7 years ago

      Did you know that avocado can be used to exfoliate? Love your article, good stuff.

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      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      good advise

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