Do Your Hands Give Your Age Away?
So you are doing a great job of fighting the signs of aging – you even pay close attention to your neck and chest area. Often overlooked, the neck and chest areas, with their crepe-like skin, dark spots and leathery texture, can give away the secret you’ve worked so hard to hide – your age.
Today we know better, the neck and décolleté receive the same skin-rejuvenating care and attention as the face. However, there is another area most us overlook – and it’s front and center, just waiting to give you away – your hands!
Your hands say a lot about your age. If you look at the hands of young people, they have a plumpness to them, the skin is smooth and even toned. No bones or veins are visible. However, over time, the skin on the hands becomes sun damaged and irregular discolorations and rough spots begin to appear – collagen is lost in the deeper tissue, and bones and veins become more visible. It happens to the best of us – so what can be done about it?
Keeping Hands Looking Young
Apart from the constant use of nourishing creams to temporarily moisturize and plump up the skin cells, and the regular use of sunscreen to prevent further skin damage, here are some steps you can take to make sure your hands look as good as your face.
Lighten brown spots – these are a sign of previous sun exposure. Light brown spots may respond to over the counter lightening creams, like Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector or prescription creams like Triluma. Darker or more stubborn spots may require an in-office laser treatment to target the pigment.
Boost collagen to improve the look of crepey, wrinkled skin is caused by thinning of the collagen layer. To boost skin’s collagen, look for a hand cream with retinol – some anti-aging hand creams are formulated with SPF protection to keep hands looking young. Or try a hand cream with alpha hydroxy acids to help smooth out your skin’s texture. When creams are not enough, a chemical peel will help lift off damaged skin. Mild flaking usually occurs for up to a week after a peel.
Plump hands – bony hands with prominent veins are caused by loss of fat over time. Children have plump hands because they have a natural fat layer, when this dissipates with age, the veins and bones stand out more. For some patients, injections of their own fat or a volumizing filler like Radiesse® or Sculptra® can help restore the look of plump hands and hide the bones and veins. Such injections must be done carefully and gradually to avoid lumpiness and to make sure the hands are symmetrical.
You have worked hard to maintain your youthful appearance, don’t overlook your hands!
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