Other than our faces, our hands give away our age more than any part of our body. The skin on our hands is very thin and, as we age, they lose their plumpness and can become wrinkly and veiny looking. Our hands are also one of the areas of the body most exposed to the sun so sun-damage related premature ageing of the hands is common.
Sun damage is one of the biggest telltale signs of ageing on the hands. Age spots (also known as sun spots or liver spots) often appear on the backs of the hands. Also a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, due to the natural ageing process, can cause the hands to look wrinkled and veiny. Our hands are also exposed to chemicals, soaps and detergents more than any other part of the body, which can dry them out.
Men and women both suffer from ageing of the hands. It is a normal part of the ageing process, however, those who work outside or spend a lot of time in the sun will get premature ageing of the hands at a younger age.