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By Rebecca Bailey for

Hey, you 20 and 30-somethings out there…I’m going to tell you something you really need to know, if you don’t want to show your age in 10-15 years. You’ve got to take care of your hands. Most of us focus on our faces in terms of anti-aging. May as well take care of our necks and upper chest while we’re there. But don’t forget the hands! If you are looking at your hands right now and thinking, “they look fine to me,” trust me, it sneaks up on you. Wrinkles…discoloration…blah. If you’ve already zipped by 40 like me, there’s still time to do some good.

I remember when I was about 25, I knew this woman who I was astounded to learn was 10 years older. She looked about 20 to me. I asked my husband how old he thought she was, and to my surprise he guessed correctly. When I asked him how he knew, he said, “Her hands.”

Now, if my normally oblivious guy noticed, other people must notice too. I’m not an age gracefully type—I’m fighting it, hard. The rules to care for hands are basically the same as caring for any skin. The best way to do this is from the inside, eating healthy and so on. But because our hands are so exposed to the harshest things in our environment, they need some extra protection.

1. Avoid harsh chemicals and sun. Hopefully you are using non-toxic cleaning products, but use gloves when you clean if you need to. Watch out for toxins in your dish soap and hand soap. Anything with dyes, synthetic fragrance, or anti-bacterial chemicals makes my hands freak. I always carry a travel size bottle of Dr. Bronner’s with me so I can wash my hands safely when I’m out. Use sunscreen, too, if you can’t avoid the sun. A bit of what you use on your face works, or maybe something thicker if you need it (Badger makes my favorite).

Keep reading for more tips on how to care for your hands…

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