You have age spotsiStock/DragonImages
Have you noticed any new freckles, moles, or brownish spots appearing on your hands lately? Did you think anything of them? “Hands are often neglected when people think about their anti-aging routine,” says dermatologist Saber Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in New York City. “It’s very common for me to see patients do all the right things for their face—wearing sunscreen regularly, using vitamin C serum and a topical retinoid—but not do anything for their hands.” The appearance of your hands can easily give away your age, according to research, and the most common signs of aging skin of the hands is brown age spots. Fortunately, age spots can be prevented. “The number one cause of age spots is sun exposure,” Jaber says. “Because the hands are regularly exposed to UV rays, it’s critical to use daily sun protection with an SPF 30 or higher. Start in your 20s, as it is easier to prevent than treat signs of aging.” If you notice any changes in your age spots (also called liver spots or sun spots), such as darkening, growing discoloration, an irregular border, or the spot being slightly raised, it is worth having your dermatologist check them out to rule out melanoma. Read more about how to treat stubborn age spots.
You get callusesiStock/nd3000
If your hobbies have you wielding a hammer or garden hoe, swinging a golf club or tennis racket, or hefting dumbbells, you likely have calluses, hardened skin that comes from repeated pressure or friction on certain spots on your skin. Although calluses don’t tend to hurt, having them means you’ve put so much pressure on your bare hands that your skin has needed to form a hard, protective layer. Calluses may not seem like a major cause for concern, but it’s important to quickly treat them when they occur or, better yet, prevent them from forming all together. The easiest way to stop a callus from growing is to wear gloves and protective padding when using tools that require a forceful grip. The best method for treating a callus that has already formed is to soak your hands in warm water, then use a pumice stone to gently wear away the dead skin. If you ignore a callus and let it grow, there’s a chance that it will become so thick and dry that it will tear open. A split callus is extremely painful even for the healthiest person, but for people with diabetes, it can spell disaster. Check out these reliable home remedies for calluses.