|This, of course, is an exaggeration.|
Your hands are also receiving a lot of sun while they are up or around the steering wheel. Look down at your hands next time you’re driving and you’ll see what I mean. Early in my skin care career I (unbelievably) used to wear white gloves when I drove. I felt like a debutante, but I also knew I was keeping the sun off my hands and therefore keeping sun damage away. I progressed to gloves that matched my skin tone, which were harder for onlookers to see (!), and sometimes I would wear my gym gloves. It doesn’t matter what type of gloves you wear, if you are concerned about getting dark spots on the tops of your hands as you age—wear gloves.
The dark areas of discoloration on the tops of the hands (or the face), also known as “liver spots,” “sun spots,” or the dreaded “age spots,” are simply pigmentation spots caused by sun exposure. Those names, by the way, are all describing the same thing. Consider keeping gloves in the car to protect your hands while driving.
For more information, see
- Hyperpigmentation: A few Q & As
- Let Bed Bath & Beyond save your skin! This article will tell you an easy way to keep sunlight from getting to your face and neck while you’re driving (sun your visor can’t protect you from)
- What is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?
|These gloves would be pointless since they don’t cover the very place you’re trying to protect: the tops of the hands.|