If the eyes are the windows to the soul then our hands are the monitors of our age. Spots and uneven skin tone along with lines and wrinkles on the hands can give away a woman’s age even quicker than the lines on her face. In fact, a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that most people can accurately tell a person’s age by viewing only their hands. Bad news for those of us who have been focusing on turning back the signs of age on our faces but ignoring our hands.
Luckily the beautymakers are addressing this problem.
Hot on the heels of its über successful Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, Clinique introduces a lotion to treat spots and uneven skin tone on the hands. Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($35) offers both perfection and correction benefits to reduce tell tale signs of age. Brightening ingredients penetrate the skin’s surface to visibly diminish the appearance of spots and discoloration. Gentle exfoliatiors work to restore clarity and uniformity in skin tone. Broad spectrum UV protection helps protect the hands from additional UV damage and head off future darkening of melanin.
ZO Skin Health offers a trio of products to exfoliate, protect and correct spots and wrinkles on the hands. According to the brand’s founder, Dr. Zein Obagi, retinol is the most vital component of any anti-aging skincare program – and it’s contained in all three products. Start your treatment with Oraser® Microderm Hand Renewal ($50) an exfoliating scrub to rid hands of rough and dull skin. Oraser® Daily Hand Repair SPF 20 ($65) is a daily lotion that works to diminish existing signs of age as well as prevent new ones from forming. Rich in emollients, as well as retinol, Oraser® Overnight Hand Recovery ($65) helps plump up tissue with hyaluronic acid while it fights discoloration and wrinkles.
And for those looking for a MD-dispensed skin lightening option, elure™Advanced Skin Lightening System can be used on all parts of the face and body to reduce hyperpigmentation. It’s a cutting-edge line that eschews the dangerous hydroquinone in favor of Melanozyme, an enzyme derived from a mushroom that reduces the dark-colored pigment in skin without side effects. Well tolerated by all skin types, the elure system will deliver improved skin tone in 28 days, according to clinical studies. The system comprises elure Advanced Facial Wash ($35), elure Advanced Skin Lightening Lotion ($150), and elure Advanced Skin Lightening Night Cream.