Fighting signs of aging is a lifetime battle. Whether in summer season or in the midst of winter, protecting your skin should be an ongoing mission. After reading a New England Journal of Medicine article about UV exposure as well as knowing to wear sunscreen daily, I’ve embarked on yet another beauty task — maintain youthful hands.
Reports show a woman’s eyes and hands are what give her age away. Mature women have time and again attested this fact, my mother included. When UV exposure catches up to your hands in your 30’s – 40’s it maybe too late.
Understandably (sigh), you have seen or read countless articles, warnings and PSA’s on skin cancer and UV exposure. In the back of your mind you know you should wear sunblock and probably are even conscious of having SPF in your daily moisturizers and makeup — but do you protect your hands?
Since my new endeavor I would accidentally leave the house with unprotected hands. By the time I noticed, it was too late. Driving to my appointments with no time to turn back and acutely aware of every stoplight, stop sign, and sun location, I drove myself bananas trying to hide my hands under my legs or in the shadows of the steering wheel. Oi.
After a month of driving torment knowing I can’t keep a bottle of sunscreen in my car, I decide to put a bottle next to my purse in the house…I STILL FORGOT TO APPLY IT! Thinking this problem through thoroughly I finally came up with a solution which worked for me. I now keep a travel size bottle of sunblock in my purse. A little trick which knocked out all of the issues: keeping it on me at all times in case I forget, keeping the bottle at a cool temperature so it doesn’t lose potency, and the ability to reapply after washing my hands. Triumph!
You may have a better idea of how to ensure your hands are protected and I would like to hear it! However, the next time you’re in the drugstore grab a travel sized bottle of SPF 50 or higher for your bag, trust me it’ll come in handy (pun intended).