Turn Back the Hands of Time

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You may have caught yourself staring across a room trying to figure out how old someone is. But thanks to cosmetic enhancements, this may be easier said than done. If you really want to try to figure out someone else’s age, it’s their hands you should be scoping out. “Hands often betray our age,” says New York plastic surgeon Scott J. Zevon, MD

Dr. Zevon says if you suspect that someone may be older than their face reveal, look for these signs of aging on their hands:

Age spots. The hands are constantly exposed to the elements, so even those who are meticulous about slathering on sunscreen will eventually see the hallmarks of aging skin: discoloration and sunspots. While prevention is key, not many people realize the importance of using sun protection products on the hands.

Translucent skin. All skin thins with age but the hands have very little fat. Without plump tissue underneath, this skin tends to look paper-thin more quickly. The skin on the hands is actually thinner than that on the face.

Wrinkled skin. Wrinkles are an obvious sign of aging. The skin on the hands needs more moisture than the rest of the body because they are washed frequently, contributing to drying and wrinkling.

Deflated appearance. Without a lot of sturdy tissue for support, thinning of the skin begins to settle in, giving hands that sunken, hollow look—a sure sign of an older person.

Prominent veins. As the hands age, the large veins on the backs of the hands become much more visible; the tendons and bones become more noticeable as well.

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