Once you notice the signs of aging, you can take steps to address the way your body is changing — or allow nature to take its course.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to age, and whatever you choose to do with your body is entirely up to you.
If you have sunspots
If you notice sunspots, start by seeing a dermatologist to rule out other skin conditions.
Once you know for sure what you’re dealing with, consider what lifestyle changes you can make.
Wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF daily to protect yourself from UV rays, and reduce direct exposure to the sun whenever possible. Covering up when you go outside can help prevent further spots from appearing.
You may also try treating the sunspots topically to see if they fade. Aloe vera, vitamin C, and products containing alpha hydroxy acid may help treat sunspots.
If those aren’t effective, clinical treatment for sunspots includes intense pulsed light therapy, cryotherapy, and chemical peels.
If you have gaunt hands
If your hands appear to be gaunt, with translucent, fragile skin and visible veins, start moisturizing them regularly.
It may be time to try a new product that locks hydration in to your skin barrier. You may also want to apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to your hands.
If your hands are regularly exposed to chemicals and pollutants through the work that you do or your household chores, it might not be possible to stop your exposure to those things completely.
Instead, make small changes — like wearing gloves when you wash the dishes or weed your garden.
If you’re concerned with how your hands look, speak to a dermatologist.
Clinical treatments for hands that have aged include chemical peels, dermal fillers, and laser treatment.
If you have inflammation or hyperpigmentation
If you have discoloration on your chest, start protecting that area of your body from the sun whenever possible.
Use sunscreen with at least 30 SPF each day, and pay careful attention to covering the parts of your skin that have been damaged.
Moisturize the area frequently and try to find a lotion with vitamin C or retinoids.
There are products that a doctor can prescribe to treat hyperpigmentation in your chest area. Mild steroids and bleaching agents can fade the look of hyperpigmentation over time.
If you have dry or itchy skin
If your skin is flaky, dry, and itchy, you may want to speak with a dermatologist and rule out any other health conditions.
Once you know that your dry skin is a sign of aging and not a symptom of something else, start focusing on lifestyle factors.
Drink more water to maintain hydration throughout your body and your skin. Take shorter showers using lukewarm water.
Determine if the dryness is a result of your skin type or if it’s actually dehydrated, as the treatments for both differ.
Then find a moisturizer that works for you and apply it daily.
If switching up your routine at home doesn’t work, speak to a doctor about a prescription moisturizer that has stronger ingredients for protecting your skin.
If you have wrinkles or sagging skin
If your skin is sagging or you notice wrinkles, there are several things you can do.
Start by protecting your skin every day with a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Limit your sun exposure by wearing hats with a brim and loose clothing that covers your limbs.
If you smoke, quitting can help prevent further skin damage.
Drink water and moisturize your skin each day. Cosmetics with green tea extracts, vitamin A, vitamin C, retinoids, and anti-oxidants may help.
If you’d like to go the clinical route, procedures like Botox and dermal fillers can make your skin appear less wrinkled and more full or lifted.
If you have hair loss
If your hair is falling out or growing thinner, consider purchasing a shampoo and conditioner product meant to address the issue.
Make sure your diet is full of nutritious food that nourishes your hair. Consider adding a multivitamin or vitamin supplement to help your body make keratin.
Products for hair loss are different for cisgender men and women.
Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are popular over-the-counter treatments.