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Are Your Hands Making You Look Older?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 26, 2015 12:43:00 PM

img1Have your hands betrayed you?

You use your hands for a lot of things – and chances are, you also use your hands to reveal your age. In fact, a study published in The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, participants accurately estimated a woman’s age just by looking at her hands.

A lot of women spend time and energy focusing on making their faces and necks look younger, but ignore their hands. Daily sun exposure, constant movement and even just letting hands become dry and exacerbate crepiness, dark spots and prominent veins.

By starting to pay a little attention to your hands, you can prevent and even start to reverse some of the damage.

Exfoliate & Moisturize

Gently buff the backs of your hands 2-3 times a month. This will help remove dry, dead skin so that moisturizers can better penetrate the skin. Then be sure to regularly slather on the hand lotion. 

Prevent Sun Damage

Hands are exposed to the sun practically 365 days a year. And even the people who consistently protect their faces with SPF typically neglect their hands. Overtime, sunlight breaks down skin’s collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles a crepey texture and a yellow or brown spots.

Make sure to apply a SPF 30 to your face and hands DAILY. Check out our top 5 sunscreens here. 

Build Collagen 

Simply applying a retinol cream on the backs of the hands every night will help to boost collagen.  Increase collagen not only reduces wrinkles, it can also camouflage prominent veins cause by a loss of the hands natural fat. Retinol can be drying, so make sure to add your regular moisturizer or hand cream on top.

Consider a Professional Treatment Route

If you want fast, more dramatic results, put your hands in the hands of experts.  Laser treatments, such as IPL (intense pulsed light), can help reduce age/sun spots and can improve the overall complexion of your hands.

Fillers and fat transfer can be also be used for overall hand rejuvenation.  The increase in volume helps with wrinkles and the appearance of veins and tendons.  For particularly large veins, sclerotherapy treatments can be very effective.

What treatment route is right for you? Request a complimentary consultation. 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Hand Rejuvenation, Age Spots