Hands are often not the first area of your body when you start planning your anti-aging routine. You may have smooth, flawless skin on your face but the wrinkly, crepe-like skin texture and the noticeable pigmentation on your bony hands can easily give away your age.
Dr. Chloe Ho, Medical Consultant of Radium Medical Aesthetics tells us how to start an anti-aging routine for your hands so that you can prevent and erase the wrinkles on your hands to give people a good impression when you meet them for the first time with a handshake since our hands are how we interact with the world around us.
Apply sunscreen before sun exposure
Sun damage accumulated over the years can often result in the appearance of age spots, dullness and loss in skin elasticity. While our faces and necks are often well protected with a healthy dose of sunscreen and a rigorous anti-ageing regime, the hands are often left to battle the elements on their own. This results in hands which reveal our age despite a bright and youthful face.
Prevention is better than cure! Simple lifestyle changes such as wearing gloves while driving goes a long way. Invest in a good sun screen to maintain young and supple hands. Always choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection.
Moisturise and moisturise
Compared to our faces, our hands don’t get as much tender loving care in terms of anti-ageing potions. Age and sun damage can gradually result in visibly dehydrated and wrinkly skin. It is possible to restore health to your skin with skincare alone. Look out for skin replenishing ingredients that help skin retain moisture for the firm and plump appearance such as – ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and plant butters or oils. In addition, lotions which contain retinol, vitamin C or glycolic acid can help to stimulate collagen and elastin to keep your skin firm and plump.
Laser treatment to remove pigmentation
Age spots tend to increase in size with age and time spent in the sun. These unsightly spots can quickly and effectively fixed with a pigment laser. The most advanced method to remove these age spots permanently is with the PicoSure laser. The laser beam goes into the skin to shatter melanin and destroy those brown spots. After the treatment, it takes 1-2 weeks for the brown spot to scab and peel off. It can take anywhere between 1-4 treatment sessions for complete removal, but most spots are effectively removed within 1-2 treatment sessions.
Dermal fillers to plump the back of the hands
As hands lose their volume with age, the skin starts to become lax and veins also become more visible. Fillers are a great way to plump up and restore youthful fullness to hands. Dermal fillers are suitable for people of all ages- from young brides looking to plump up their naturally thin hands to older women or men in their 60s looking to restore youth to their hands.
Typical treatment areas include the region from between the wrist and knuckles. There are 2 main types of fillers used for hand rejuvenation. A collagen stimulating filler such as Radiesse which is made of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite not only helps to restore volume but improves skin texture and quality. The alternative is a hyaluronic acid filler which improves hydration and skin elasticity while also restoring volume. The results are instant and typically last up to 9-12 months depending on the type of product used.
Maintain set of healthy nails
Exposure to harsh chemicals or spending lots of time with wet hands can lead to brittle looking nails. Wear protective gloves to prevent damage to your clothes while doing wet work such as washing the dishes. Rehydrate nails and cuticles with a moisturizer or mineral oil.
Viola, you are now ready to flaunt your beautiful hands to the world.