My Hands Look Old

“Rarely do great beauty and virtue dwell together as they do in you.”


Um, not really.

So Nora Ephron wrote this book called I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK. But I think hands emphasize aging bodies. In college, I had a friend tell me that I had “old man” hands. Of course, I wasn’t too thrilled with that opinion.

I heard that there’s this option to plump up your hands nowadays. It’s called Radiesse, and it’s a filler that also increases collagen production. Watch this Good Morning America video on it for more info.

My general philosophy is that I’m opposed to anything extreme (i.e. needs to be done in a doctor’s office) that impedes natural aging. So it’s sunscreen and moisturizers for me, but I admit I was a little tempted to try it out.

Hint from the video: Watch out for those UV rays, even the ones that come from gel manicures. 


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  1. My poor hands have seen so much hand washing, there’s no hope for them. But that’s okay. Shows we’re not afraid of a little hard work. :)

  2. We all have these little things about our bodies, don’t we? (I like my hands, though.)

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Yes, and sometimes we’re the ones being overly critical while nobody else notices. (Glad you like your hands, though!)

  3. I too had been told I had ‘man hands’ by teasers and ‘piano playing hands’ by my mother. I chose to believe my mother and cared for my musical hands (although I don’t play piano :)

    Keep putting sunscreen (my two younger sisters, more fair skinned than I, now have brown spots on the tops of their hands which embarrass them, making them seem older.

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Pianist hands sound good :) Sunscreen on my hands–that’s a great tip! I always remember sunscreen elsewhere, but hands are so hard since I wash them often.

  4. Jennifer, can I relate to this. Especially with it getting colder here in Virginia, my hands look more and more like my mom’s. I’m a big fan of sunscreen too, but like you, often forget to cover my hands. Trying a new line of moisturizers this month. No extreme procedures for me either – thank goodness I’m not that vain!

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      I’m always trying out new moisturizers. I think I like the Vaseline Intensive Care one the best so far. (Although once I tried a sample of a lotion made with actual gold!)

  5. Behind the Story says

    Your hands are lovely. I’m the one who needs it. But, like you, I’m opposed to doing anything extreme. You can’t fight aging.

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