Moisturizing treatments are the best way to keep skin on the hands elastic and smooth, in addition to sunscreen to prevent further damage. Additionally, paraffin wax treatments at home can help.
Experts recommend applying sunscreen to the hands every day as early as possible, and using gloves when possible to prevent exposure to sun, such as when driving long distances, for example. It is also important to start a moisturizing regimen for the hands before the age of 40. The skin on the hands tends to get a lot of exposure to sunlight and contains very little fat underneath, making it one of the first areas of the body to show signs of aging. Natural moisturizers include coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and vitamin E. Many over-the-counter moisturizing products contain these in addition to glycerin, alpha-hydroxy acids, milk proteins and retinal palminate, which all help keep the hands smooth. Moisturizes that contain sunscreen help prevent further damage.
An at-home paraffin wax treatment using a small portable wax bath can provide deep moisturizing benefits and heal dry, cracked skin. They offer more protection than creams and a more intensive treatment. Many paraffin waxes come with extra moisturizers such as shea butter and vitamin E as well.