Are the backs of your hands giving your age away? As we get older, all those years of sun exposure start to catch up with us.
Usually by the mid-thirties, they show in the form of liver spots (also called age spots, or more scientifically, solar lentigines) on our hands, arms, chest, and face.
Liver Spots on Your Hands
Why are we so concerned about liver spots on our hands? In fact, statistically speaking, your hands and face get the most sun exposure of any part of your body.
Over the years, you're much more likely to pay attention to protecting your face from harmful UV rays than your hands.
As a result, your body will react to this over-exposure by producing more melanin in the skin of your hands. Then flat brown, black, or dark tan spots and splotches will appear, and your hands will appear more aged than the rest of your body and face.
Our hands take a lot of abuse daily, and they get a lot of UV exposure over time. So beyond getting manicures when you want to treat yourself and using moisturizers periodically whenever your hands feel dry, what do you do regularly to take care of your hands and keep them looking youthful?
If you're like most people, the answer is, "Not much." However, you can change that and come away with a more youthful-looking. They show as liver spots on our hands, arms, chest, and face.
Liver spots are ordinarily harmless, as they are not often signs of melanoma, but that doesn't make them more attractive. Fortunately, natural at-home treatments for these can help restore a smooth, youthful look to your skin.
Treating Liver Spots
Severe cases of liver spots may require dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing treatments. Because of that, these must be performed at a medical spa or dermatologist's office. However, if you have mild to moderate liver spots on your hands or arms, you should be able to treat them yourself. You can use DIY recipes at home with the help of a few skincare products.
A mild to moderate chemical peel will penetrate your skin's top layers and strip away dead skin cells. Because newer liver spots only affect the very top layers of skin, in reality they haven't had time to set. A chemical peel can often break up the skin cells, and the overproduction of melanin has darkened.
After performing a peel, you'll need to take extra care of your hands for a few days. First, make sure to keep them out of the sun at all times. If you must go outside, wear gloves or a high-SPF sunblock, especially for the first few days, as the new skin cells can prematurely age from sun exposure.
Dark Spot Corrector
If a chemical peel does not lift the liver spots, you may still be able to use an at-home dark spot corrector to improve your skin's look and texture.
This is excellent news for people with sensitive or dark skin tones. Both Microdermabrasion and laser treatments risk scarring or bleaching skin, resulting in uneven, blotchy skin tones.
Try one of our dark spot correctors to treat the liver spots on the back of your hands. For ultra-stubborn ones, you may need IPL laser treatment. Light rays break up the dark pigment in just a few sessions.