The Liver Spot…

Our hands are often a dead ‘give away’ of our age.

In actuality, they give away how much we have taken care of them over the years, or neglected them in most cases. It is for this reason that no matter how much nipping, tucking, or injecting we do to the skin on our face, our hands will always give away our age.

When we think of daily sun protection, we automatically think of our face. After all, its constantly exposed to sun and the elements. This is definitely true. What we never think of however, is that our hands are just as exposed, and hardly ever protected! The effects of UV rays over time is brutal and super damaging.

Did you know that skin cancer, affecting more than 1 million people each year, is most prevalent on the face, neck, and HANDS!?

Our hands are subject to more rigorous tasks, washing, and stripping, than any other part of our body. This leaves them vulnerable to the elements. They need just as much, if not more, protection and moisture.

Liver spots (Age Spots) is often a term we automatically associate with mature skin. This is because they tend to show up around that very delicate ‘middle age’. In women, they typically show up around the onset of menopause. To be clear, they are NOT a sign of old age! Solar Lentigines or Lentigos (their medical term) are basically time leaving its mark on our sun damaged skin.

Aside from unprotected sun exposure, liver spots are genetically predisposed as well. How early we get them really depends on how much time we have spent in the sun over the course of our lives and whether or not they run in our family.

Liver spots are not cancerous, nor do they lead to cancer. However, they can be accompanied by precancerous, scaly elevations on the skin called Actinic Keratoses. Dark spots, which might be cancerous, may also appear to be lentigines. All spots, freckles, abnormalities, and skin growths should be checked out by a Dermatologist.

Next time you pick up a hand cream or lotion to soften your hands… make sure it has an SPF15 in it… AT LEAST! We cannot avoid having them by the time we are 90 but we definitely don’t need to see them in our 20’s. 😉

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