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How To Get Rid Of Wrinkles On Hands

Learn more about how to get rid of wrinkles on hands and how to prevent them.


Ageing is a natural part of life that everybody experiences, so it shouldn’t be deemed as a negative transformation. However, it can be accompanied by unwanted changes to your body, often in appearance to your face and hands. If you dislike these changes to your body, knowing how to prevent them is important. You probably already have a skincare routine for your face, so why not for your hands? Wrinkly hands are often the first sign of ageing, as the skin is thin and delicate. Having a routine will help reduce the appearance of wrinkled skin on hands. But don't worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to develop one. 

No matter how hard you try, signs of ageing are inevitable. However, it is possible to slow down these signs. To do so, it’s important to first be aware of what causes wrinkly hands.

What are the causes of wrinkly hands?

We understand that ageing is a natural process of life, however, there are factors that speed up the process of wrinkled skin on hands.  

How to get rid of wrinkles on hands

What are the causes of wrinkly hands?

Dehydration - If your skin is dehydrated, it will appear dry and wrinkled. This is because the skin's natural moisture barrier is not provided with the moisture it needs to lock in hydration. If your skin is constantly dehydrated, it speeds up the process of wrinkles, causing them to become increasingly prevalent. 

A common cause of dehydrated hands is excessive washing, this can damage your skin's natural moisture barrier. In turn, this affects the elasticity of your skin and causes wrinkly hands. 

Sun Damage - Over exposure to the sun can have damaging effects on your skin. This doesn't just mean when it’s hot - studies reveal that 80% of the sun’s radiation penetrates through the clouds damaging your skin all year round. UV radiation damages the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, which naturally support your skin and keep it elasticated. When these are damaged, your skin no longer has the ability to return to its original shape, creating wrinkles. A lot of people do not protect their hands from the sun making it a common cause of wrinkly hands. 

Smoking - A long-term smoking habit causes wrinkled skin on hands. Cigarettes contain nicotine, which narrow the blood vessels. As a result, the oxygen and nutrient flow to your skin cells are reduced. This causes wrinkly hands because your skin lacks the right amount of nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Smoking also dehydrates your skin, which further worsens the appearance of dry wrinkled hands. 


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How to get rid of wrinkles on hands

We’ve compiled a list of tips and home remedies for you, to help understand how to get rid of wrinkles on hands. 

Protect yourself from the sun 
Being in the sun always feels great, however, this doesn't mean it's great for your skin. The easiest way to protect your skin from the sun is to use products that provide a sun protection factor (SPF). Hand creams are available with an SPF factor in order to protect your hands from the sun's radiation. In turn, your skin will produce more collagen, helping to improve the appearance of wrinkly hands. 

We suggest using the NIVEA Soothing 24H Moisture Day Cream, enriched with liquorice extract, grape seed oil and SPF 15, to offer protection from the sun. 

Hydration is key
In order for your skin to stay healthy and avoid wrinkles, it must be hydrated. One tip to keep your hands hydrated is to wear gloves on cold days, to stop them becoming dry. Another tip to avoid dry wrinkled hands is to apply hand cream. Regularly applying hand cream will provide your hands with the ingredients and hydration to prevent wrinkly hands. 

Our advice would be to apply the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Hand Cream regularly throughout the day, especially after washing your hands, to retain the skin's moisture. 

As we get older, our body naturally begins to slow down our exfoliation process. This means that we create a build up of dead skins cells, which are unhealthy for the skin. As a result, our skin becomes dry and wrinkles start to appear. Exfoliating helps to remove the dead skin cells and softens the wrinkles on your hands. Be careful though, over exfoliating can have an adverse effect. 

We advise giving your hands a mild scrub and learning how to exfoliate.

Get enough sleep
Your skin needs time to rest in order to rehydrate itself. A common cause of dry wrinkly hands is not giving your skin enough time to rehydrate. Therefore, having a healthy night's sleep will help to reduce wrinkled skin on hands. 

Our tip is to aim for 7-9 hours of beauty sleep per night, to allow the skin enough time to effectively rehydrate.
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Home remedies to get rid of wrinkled skin on hands

Aloe Vera 
Aloe vera softens the skin, as well as acting as a natural healing agent. Applying Aloe Vera to wrinkly hands can help to reduce their unwanted appearance . You can also try NIVEA Naturally Good Aloe Vera Body Lotion, which contains the best natural products to bring the best out of your skin.

Lemon Juice & Sugar rub 
A lemon juice & sugar rub acts as a great exfoliant for wrinkly hands. The coarseness of the sugar helps to get rid of dead skin, whilst the lemon juice aids in uplifting the skin and removing impurities. 

Coconut oil
Coconut oil has been found to reduce the time it takes for the skin to heal. Applying coconut oil to wrinkled skin on hands can reduce the severity of the wrinkles. Massage the oil into the affected area and allow it to absorb into the skin. NIVEA Coconut & Monoi Oil Lotion is also available, with a refreshing, tropical coconut scent.


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Wrinkly hands skincare routine

We have devised a daily skincare routine for you to follow, to help to improve the appearance of wrinkly hands. We have also included products that will help you to achieve this. 

1) Apply hand cream with an SPF every morning. This will protect your hands from damaging UV radiation and prevent wrinkles from forming. Try NIVEA 24H 5 In 1 Day Cream with an SPF 20, illuminating your complexion and protecting your hands from the sun.

2) Try to mildly exfoliate once a day. This will ensure that dead skin cells are removed and your hands stay healthy. 

3) Wash your hands with sensitive soaps. This will prevent your hands from becoming dry and wrinkly. We know that washing your hands regularly is as important as ever, so having the right products will reduce the likelihood of wrinkly hands. NIVEA Creme Soft Liquid Handwash provides rich moisture to your hands whilst you wash. 

4) Every night, apply a hand cream. This will help your skin to rehydrate overnight. NIVEA 24H Soothing Night Cream will help to reduce the appearance of dry wrinkled hands.

With the knowledge of what causes wrinkles on hands, and our advice on how to treat them, your hands will be back to looking youthful in no time!