How To Stop This One Part Of Your Body From Betraying Your Real Age
Celebrities spent many thousands on cosmetic procedures in a bid to hold back the signs of ageing that affect us all as we grow older. Take Madonna, for example. She is often in the media spotlight being complimented for her age-defying looks. She’s had just about every injectable procedure out there. But have you ever noticed that she rarely exposes her hands? Don’t believe it? Go ahead and perform a Google image search and see for yourself. Madonna knows. She knows that while most people focus their attention on the wrinkles and fine lines on the face, the hands are often neglected. Read on to discover how to take care of these crucial parts of the body and to stop them from betraying your real age.
What Causes The Signs Of Ageing In Your Hands?
The skin on your hands is just as delicate as the skin on your face and requires the same level of care and attention. As the skin ages, fat is lost from just below the surface, making the veins and bone structure more pronounced. This is particularly true of the hands. While most people will do anything to eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles on their face, their hands seldom receive any special treatment.
Strenuous exercise can also lead to signs of ageing on your hands. As you exercise, you improve the blood flow through your hands and arms. Obviously, this is great for your overall health, but it also has the effect of making the veins on your hands and arms stand out.
The hands bear the brunt of environmental effects, too. Manual workers are at particular risk in this regard and need to take better care of their hands. The excessive handwashing involved in the fight against the coronavirus isn’t making things easier for hand skincare. Finally, the cold weather in winter and heat in summer can also have a damaging impact on your hands.
Make Your Hands Look Younger
You’ll be surprised how much different your hands look within a matter of weeks once you start paying as much attention to them as you do to your face. Skin ages the same, whether it’s on your face or your hands. Just like your face, the hands are vulnerable to the effects of sun exposure. Look closely and you will see signs such as:
- Uneven pigmentation.
- Loss of skin tone.
- Loss of elasticity.
- Loss of fat tissue and collagen, resulting in your hands appearing thin, bony and wrinkled.
- Rough skin and brittle nails.
You will experience some if not all of the above unless you take preventive action to fight the signs of ageing. If you already see some of the symptoms, it’s not too late to get treatment to improve how your hands look and feel.
Treatments For Combatting Wrinkles And Ageing Hands
Dermatologists offer several treatments for ageing hands, depending on the condition you are trying to remedy. Sunspots or age spots affect many adults. Over time, they will grow in size, especially if you spend more time in the sun. Treatment options for lightening or reducing the appearance of age spots include:
- Laser therapy.
- Chemical peeling.
- Skin-lightening creams and lotions.
Loss Of Volume And Fullness
The loss of youthful fullness happens as the elastin and collagen in your hands deteriorate over time. Your skin develops a texture and appearance similar to crepe paper. The loss of fullness in your hands means that the veins in that area will start to appear more prominent. Rejuvenating your hands will require treatments such as dermal fillers using calcium hydroxyapatite. Once treatment starts, you will notice the change in fullness almost immediately.
Applying liberal amounts of sunscreen is one of the best ways to combat wrinkles and that dreaded crepe paper-like appearance and feel on your hands. If you already have wrinkles, then using retinol or glycolic acid lotion before bedtime will help. Other effective treatments include a light chemical peel every three months and, in some cases, laser treatment. Combining the chemical peel treatment with the lotion treatment may give you better and faster results.
Four Ways To Make Hand Rejuvenation Treatment Last Longer
Now that you have taken action to look after your hands better, how can you make your treatment results last longer? Here are four easy steps to help maintain the amazing results:
- Use sun protection – you don’t want to undo the great results and go back to dry and wrinkly skin, so this should be at the top of your list. Use sunscreen every day on your hands just as you do on your face.
- Wear gloves – when working in the garden, using detergents or cleaning. Gloves will help protect your hands from the excessive drying which is going to age them.
- Moisturise – do this like your life depends on it every time you wash your hands or when you finish washing up. The moisturiser helps to lock in the moisture and keeps your skin plump.
- Maintenance treatments – follow up treatments will help to maintain your results, especially those recommended by your dermatologist. Laser treatment and chemical peels may require more than a single session to undo years of damage.
Your hands deserve the same level of care you show your face, but many people overlook giving their hands the anti-ageing treatment they need. Vinci Aesthetics offer a range of skin rejuvenation treatments that will breathe life back into your hands. Get in touch to book your free hand rejuvenation consultation today!