If you want to know the true age of person, look at their hands. While many of us invest in a great facial skincare routine and keep facial aging at bay with fillers and resurfacing – we often overlook our hands. The result? Hands that look much older than the rest of our body – sometimes by decades.
Why do hands look so aged? It is a combination of a few factors. First, our hands are in constant use. Our hands are also exposed to direct sunlight on a daily basis.
Next time you drive your car, check out your hands on the steering wheel. The south Florida sun is likely shining down right on them. Sun and constant use create damage, sun spotting, wrinkles and a “creepy” appearance.
So what can you do to minimize hand aging? Here are a few tips:
Wear sunscreen daily: When it comes to sunscreen, don’t skip your hands. Make applying sunscreen to the backs of your hands a part of your daily routine, when you apply your facial sunscreen in the morning. There are many light, non-greasy options available. Keep a tube of sunscreen in your car to re-apply during your commute, when hands are most exposed to sunlight.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Moisture is your hands best friend. Try to moisturize as much as possible with a rich emollient cream. After washing your hands and right before bed is a great time to apply it liberally.
Wear gloves when doing heavy work: Gardening, dishes, heavy cleaning: these all take a toll on your hands. Harsh chemicals found in cleaning supplies and soaps can be hard on your hands, so keep them protected with gloves.
Hand-aging treatment: What if the damage is already done?
If you already have aging and damage to your hands – don’t stress out. There are many options available to reverse the signs of aging. A combination of fillers and photo rejuvenation are a powerful treatment duo that can erase signs up hand aging for 12 months or more. The process is non-invasive and extremely effective.
During the two-step treatment, FDA-approved Radiesse filler is injected into the back of the hand. There it acts to thicken skin, hide protruding veins and bones and increase collagen production. Following the Radiesse for hands treatment, hands will be treated with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology – a photo rejuvenation technique that can help reduce the appearance brown spots, broken capillaries and sun spots on the back of the hands.
Want to learn more about reversing hand aging and hand aging treatments? V Boutique offers Radiesse with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, which provides our patients with incredible, long lasting results.
Dr. V is the primary cosmetic physician and partner of MSPB, the county's largest physician multi-specialty group. She has extensive training and experience with dermal fillers, collagen stimulators, laser and radiofrequency treatments, as well as skin care.