How to Tighten the Skin on Your Hands

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Loose, sagging skin on your hands is a dead giveaway to your age. No matter how young you think you look, old-looking hands covered with age spots and loose skin tell a different story. Skin on the hands is usually thinner than skin on the face, and hands are exposed regularly to cleaning agents and harsh temperature changes. The aging process and the resulting loss of collagen volume under the skin begin as early as age 20, but a regimen of skin care and proper diet can do wonders for all parts of the body, including the hands.

Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated nourishes skin from the inside, plumping it up with fluids while tightening the skin naturally.

Apply hand cream or tightening cream with antioxidants to nourish your skin from the outside. Aloe vera and vitamin E are helpful ingredients in such creams. Smooth on the cream after washing dishes, overnight or anytime your skin appears to be dry. Use protective gloves when washing or cleaning.

Eat foods rich in vitamin A, C and E as well as zinc to plump up and improve your skin's appearance. These supplements all build collagen, which makes up the supporting fibers of the skin. MayoClinic.com advises eating tomatoes, nuts, carrots, fish and other health foods to make your skin look its best.

Massage your skin. Work toward the heart to tone your tissue. This works on all parts of the body, including the hands.

Inject Restylane into your hands to plump them up. Cosmetic derma-surgeons use this synthetic filler that attracts water to rejuvenate aging hands. The injection requires localized anesthesia on the hands, takes about 10 minutes and must be performed by a qualified individual.

Tips

Use sunscreen. Buy sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15 or higher to limit your exposure to ultraviolet light. Sun exposure causes blotchy skin color, age spots and dries out the skin, which causes it to sag. Quit smoking so your body can recover the collagen, elastin and oxygen lost through the premature aging caused by smoking. Exfoliate your skin with a loofah or body scrub to get rid of dead skin, so fresh new skin can take its place.

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