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The hands are typically the first areas to show signs of aging, as skin aging is a normal and unavoidable aspect of the aging process. The skin on the hand is among the thinnest, making collagen loss more evident. It also happens to be one of the earliest areas to exhibit signs of aging, due in part to extensive sun exposure and constant hand use.

The majority of hand aging symptoms, such as wrinkles, damaged nails, and rough skin, are harmless. Some individuals may take measures to make their hands seem more youthful by applying skincare products, wearing protective gloves, or making adjustments to their lifestyle, such as quitting smoking.

This article discusses several variables that can contribute to the aging process of hands such as why hands get wrinkly. How do make old hands look younger? And treatment for wrinkled hands. This is mentioned in detail for better understanding and provides a list of lifestyle modifications and treatments and medication that can help lessen, reverse, or avoid the indications of aging in the hands.

There are a plethora of signs of aging hands. The first step toward treatment is to identify the problem. Although the process of aging can differ from one person to another owing to the genetic makeup, history of illness, climatic regions, and lifestyles, some of the commonly observed signs of aging in the delicate skin of hands are as under: 

Age spots on hands

Numerous adults suffer from age spots on their hands. The size of these patches tends to rise progressively with age and sun exposure.

Using prescription topical lotions containing retinol or retinoic acid can diminish age spots. If these are not as effective as you would like, your doctor may recommend skin treatments or laser treatments for more dramatic effects.

Scaly or dry hands

If you have fair skin and have spent a substantial amount of time in the sun without sunscreen, you may have developed rough skin patches. We regularly acquire rough patches on our hands due to sun exposure.

These rough spots may be precancerous actinic keratoses (AKs). AKs typically form in adults with fair skin who are at least 40 years old.

If you frequently reside in tanning salons or states with a lot of sunshine, such as Florida or California, you may acquire AKs sooner.

Visible veins

Visible veins are typically not a cause for alarm. Physical activity, hot temperatures, sun damage, and fitted clothing can accentuate veins. Aging, heredity, and being overweight can also contribute to an increase in definition.

The severity of diseases that affect veins is greater. Included in this category are blood blockages and thrombosis in deep veins. If you fear you have an abnormality of clotting factors, get emergency medical attention. While fillers and fat transfers can restore a younger appearance, some veins are simply too large for fillers and fat transfers to conceal.

Red, peeling skin

Age may cause the skin on your hands to get red and begin to peel. Although the negative impacts are identical and usually related to dry skin, they are typically more severe and include indications such as redness, itching, and blisters.

Consult your physician to confirm that your medicine is not causing adverse effects. If you can rule out this possibility and are still suffering red, peeling skin, you should apply lotion and moisturizer regularly and use antibacterial cream to clean any cuts.

There are certain skin and soft tissue changes that make your hands look wrinkled and aged. Some of these are discussed here.

Hands lose their young-looking fullness with age

When the hands end up losing their youthful plumpness, the skin becomes floppy and begins to develop a crepe-like texture. With diminished puffiness, the veins in your hands become more prominent.

Crepey skin on the hands

Crepey skin is delicate and wrinkly, similar to crepe paper. It could also droop or feel loose. Although crepey skin is comparable to typical wrinkles in many respects, it affects bigger areas and feels notably more frail and thin. The most typical locations for crepey skin are the upper inner forearms and under the eyes.

The most major reason for crepey skin is sun damage, although it is not the sole one. Crepey skin can be caused by aging, dehydration, severe weight loss, or any number of other conditions. The UV light in the sun’s rays degrades the skin’s collagen and elastin, which keep the skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Once these fibers degrade, the skin can become lax, fragile, and wrinkled.

Age also has a role. As you age, you create less collagen and elastin, the fibers that make your skin appear elastic and smooth. Pollution, stress, and cigarette smoking can all contribute to visible indications of aging throughout a lifetime. Your skin releases less oil as you age compared to when you were younger.

These oils provide an essential fatty acid barrier that protects the skin and aids in moisture retention. Changes in hormone levels can also cause the skin to become drier and produce less natural oil. Any type of dryness might result in crepey skin. Most likely, a lack of hydration is the reason for crepey skin that appears and disappears based on the day and season.


When we age our skin stores less water, therefore our skin becomes rougher. This may leave your skin feeling harsh. Generally, rough hands are the result of environmental conditions. For instance, the climate can trigger the dryness of hands.

Additionally, chemical exposure, frequent handwashing, and some medical disorders can dry up the skin on your hands.

Fragile and stained nails

You desire your nails to appear attractive, but this can be challenging if they have grown brittle and discolored with age. Chemical cleaning agents, soap, the climate, and years of use add considerable stress to our fingernails. Twenty percent of the population has brittle nails. Over-60-year-old women are more prone to have brittle nails, although anyone can acquire this ailment.

If you suffer from brittle nails, you will most likely notice lines running longitudinally. Additionally, your nails may chip or break easily.

You will need to hydrate your cuticles, nails, and surrounding skin once you’ve discontinued whatever is causing your brittle nails. Your physician will advise a moisturizer, like mineral oil or urea cream.

The majority of individuals apply moisturizers at night. After applying moisturizer, it may be necessary to wear a thin cotton glove. This assists the skin and nails in absorbing the moisturizer. This will be worn while you sleep.

You might have thought “How to get rid of wrinkly fingers and hands?” There are certain things you can do at home to get rid of wrinkled hands to make them look younger.

Sugar scrub and citrus juice

The mix of citrus juice and sugar is an excellent deep exfoliator. Lemon is effective for removing black spots, age spots, and obvious dirt from your hands. The granular sugar scrapes exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, making your hands softer and smoother.

Moisturizing milk bathing for hand wrinkles

After applying an exfoliant such as the sugar exfoliator, you will want to restore your hands’ natural moisture. Milk is surprisingly beneficial for conditioning.

Milk’s high moisture content, antioxidants, and fatty acids help eliminate wrinkles on the hands. After using a natural scrub, such as lemon and sugar, soak your hands in milk for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Tomato juice

Tomato juice is beneficial for both the interior and exterior of the body. Because tomatoes are high in lycopene, marinating your hands in tomato puree is quite healthy. Likewise, drinking tomato juice provides the entire body with antioxidants and lycopene.

Rice paste

Using a rice mask will treat hand creases. Create the mask by crushing rice powder and mixing it with milk and rose water.

Apply the mixture to your hands and allow it to dry. Once the paste has dried, remove it with room temperature water. Your hands should feel instantly smooth and refreshed.

Aloe vera for wrinkled hand treatment

The aloe vera leaf includes malic acid which is an elasticity ingredient that can significantly decrease wrinkles and other indications of aging.

Remove a leaf from the plant and squeeze it to obtain the gel. Massage the obtained gel to your hands and wait fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse the area with lukewarm water and gently dry afterward.

Watermelon peel

Use the skin and the zest of the watermelon as an anti-wrinkle miracle. Watermelon is rich in vitamins and minerals with collagen-boosting qualities.

Prepare a watermelon cleanser by squeezing the flesh’s liquid and grating the skin. Apply the mixture to your hands for fifteen minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Carrot paste

Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which helps prevent and repair wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. Here’s how to create homemade carrot paste:

  • Boil one to two grated carrots in water till it is tender
  • Blend ingredients in a blender until a paste forms
  • A modest amount of honey is added to the paste
  • Apply the paste of carrot and honey to your hands
  • Leave on around 30 minute  
  • Use warm water for rinsing


Hydrating the body gives every cell and tissue everything it needs to be refreshed. Dehydration can cause the skin to become brittle, fragile, and thin, which results in wrinkles. Aim for approximately eight bottles of water per day, this is something we often overlook.

Sun protection/sunscreen

It should be an obvious saying, but a kind reminder never hurts. Put on sunscreen on your hands to prevent sunburn and premature aging.

What not to do to maintain youthful-looking hands

Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoke is not only dangerous to health but also accelerates the aging process. ” Cigarette skin” is drab, grey, pale, and wrinkly due to smoking.

Avoid using Botox. Neurotoxins such as Botox are worthless as a treatment because they restrict muscle action but have no impact on volume reduction.

Do not undergo skin removal surgery. The hazards associated with surgery to remove extra skin from the back of the hands outweigh the benefits. It is not recommended due to the danger of scarring and poor recovery.

With the advent of modern medicine and the hype of skincare products, there is a variety of surgical and non-surgical hand aging treatments available to decrease the appearance of aging skin. Some of the best treatments for aging hands are discussed here.


As you age, your hands lose fat and your skin loses flexibility. The end effect is skin that appears crepe-like, loose, and thin. However, dermal fillers can replenish the fullness you’ve lost over time in your hands and are one of the best procedures for anti-aging for hands.

Currently, only one filler is authorized for usage in hands. It is known as calcium hydroxylapatite and is marketed under the trade name Radiesse. Your physician can prescribe it during an initial appointment. Effects are instant, with no recovery period. The duration should be between six to twenty-three months.

The quick effect of dermal fillers makes them one of the most potential wrinkle treatments for the hands. As with other places, the use of dermal fillers in the hands provides a youthful effect by increasing volume and fullness.

Incorporating cosmetic procedures into the hands helps nourish the skin of the back of the hands, so reducing the visibility of projecting muscles and veins. Because it encourages the skin’s natural Dermal fillers provide not only quick but also enduring benefits. Radiesse is the first dermal filler authorized by the FDA for the treatment of aging hands.

Dermatologists may propose fillers for those who have lost volume or stiffness in their hands.

Occasionally, it could be more beneficial to use a person’s fat as a hand filler. A specialist will be able to talk about treatment options with each patient and determine the finest course of action.

Laser treatment

Laser resurfacing is another extremely effective treatment for aged skin. Dermatologists offer a range of laser and strong light treatments for wrinkle reduction and skin tone balancing. The treatments can be performed in the physician’s office, and they generally take about an hour or less. There is a short recovery time, with the majority of patients feeling only moderate redness. Laser skin resurfacing may, however, require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.


Another cosmetic procedure called microneedling yields extraordinary advantages. It can be done on the face, hands, and virtually any other part of the body. Utilizing a dermal roller or dermatological pen, with a mechanical tip of sterilized and ultrafine needles, microneedling is performed. These needles are inserted vertically into the skin to generate microscopic stab wounds in the upper layer of the skin, thereby stimulating the body’s production of new elastin and collagen.

This procedure is an efficient anti-aging treatment for the hands, it may restore the firmness and smoothness of the skin on your hands.

Vein compression

Visible veins are another characteristic of aging hands. You may notice bulging veins on the backs of your hands. You can also have varicose veins that give your hands a reddish, mottled appearance.

Sclerotherapy is a method that may be used to treat irregular or large blood vessels on the backs of the hands, typically varicose veins. Combining a chemical substance into a bulging vein enables the vein to bruise and heal. The blood then departs the vein, allowing the vein to rupture and be reabsorbed by the body.

To reduce the appearance of veins, you will be required to undergo a procedure to eliminate the problematic veins.  This should not interfere with the blood flow to your hands as the blood will spontaneously redirect through other veins. However, if you have cardiovascular problems, consult your physician to ensure that this treatment is risk-free for you.

These are two methods for lowering the number of veins. Your physician can use a laser to damage the vein and cause it to gradually disappear. They can also utilize sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a substance into the vein to form scar tissue that destroys the vein.

IPL /BBL PhotoFacial

 IPL/BBL PhotoFacial is an additional must-try cosmetic procedure for hyperpigmentation, sunspots, and other concerns due to aging or sun damage. It is usually applied to the face, but it is also useful when applied to the neck, chest, hands, and other body areas. It is a simple laser treatment for the skin that takes about twenty to thirty minutes.

The best aspect of this therapy for aging hands is that there is no major delay, which makes it perfect for busy people who are often on the go.

Procedures to make hands look younger, like the administration of dermal fillers, can produce considerable improvements immediately following the treatment, which will keep improving as the swelling diminishes.

The outcomes of IPL/BBL PhotoFacial are gradual and subtle, yet they are worthwhile. You will notice a difference in the quality of the skin on your hands following treatment. It is now more distinct, and bright, and the dark areas have disappeared. For optimal outcomes, your doctor will suggest between three and five treatments taken one month apart.

The same can be said about microneedling. The effects will be more remarkable after undergoing a series of treatments. Additionally, the skin gets softer and finer in texture. The skin tone is even. After skin exfoliation, the appearance of imperfections caused by age is significantly diminished.



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