Is there truth to the idea that hands give away age? Well, yes, and they’re not alone. The neck and decolletage (exposed areas of the upper chest, shoulders, and back) betray your age too. Faces attract the most attention, while other areas are left to fend for themselves against sun and environmental pollution. We tend to leave our hands, neck, and decolletage unprotected, so it all experiences more wear and tear. While signs of aging are inevitable, there are ways to reverse and compensate for some skin damage. Of course, prevention is the way to go if the clock is on your side.

Take Action

Exfoliation and hydration are key players in preventing and reversing current signs of skin damage. Be sure to exfoliate hands to remove the top layers of skin cells. Apply a good thick hand cream at least twice a day. As it turns out, the skin of the neck and chest is quite thin so is subject to fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots or light spots similar to the hands. If you regularly use a facial moisturizer with SPF protection and firming or tightening properties, go ahead and extend use to neck, chest , and hands. Skin of the decolletage makes less of its own oil, so needs added hydration. A thicker cream, oil, or serum rich in antioxidants. left on through the night will add moisture and help reverse signs of damage.

When You Need a Stronger Approach

Dermatologists possess additional levels of interventions to treat and compensate for sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. Microdermabrasion removes several outer layers of skin, revealing new fresh skin beneath. Chemical peels target certain areas and leave patients with a youthful glow. To compensate for anything from sagging skin and wrinkles, to turkey neck. Botox is an option that lasts about 6 months. A variety of laser treatments firm up skin and even out skin tone.

Start Now

Don’t wait to get started on your beauty regimen. Exfoliate and moisturize your hands, neck, and chest area regularly to help prevent and reverse signs of aging. Depending on your starting point, a dermatologist may be right for you.