The hands are the part of our body which first displays our current age. While we’re rushing to go to a hairstylist to cover our gray hair and busy spreading multiple anti-aging beauty products to our faces, we often forgot to take care of our hands.
Our hands exhibit wrinkles with age, and they depend on many factors such as:
- Sun Block Use
- Moisturizer Use
- Weight Fluctuations
Some people are lucky enough to reach their Golden Years with soft, slightly wrinkled hands, while some people can have deep wrinkles appear in their hands. Other than wrinkles, thinner and looser skin, which some people find unattractive and reveal tendons and veins, are also signs of aging.
Here are some tips on how to make your hands appear younger:
Wear Gloves While Cleaning and Gardening
Hot water, detergents, and yard work will dry your skin and age your hands. Furthermore, dish soap perfumes can also cause skin irritation and trigger diseases such as eczema. The hot water and abrasive soaps can also rub out the natural oils in the skin, which causes the skin in the hands to be dehydrated, damaged, and/or even be scratched. Keep your hands moisturized by wearing gloves every time you wash the dishes or even when you use the dishwasher.
Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen
Believe it or not, the hands are almost exposed to the sun as much as the face. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, applying sunscreen every day to your hands can lessen the occurrence of wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin. Also, talking to your dermatologist about topical creams with ingredients such as hydroquinone can help to bleach the pigment to have an even skin tone.
Smoking is not only harmful to your inside, but it also ages you on the outside. The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause harm to collagen and elastin, which are fibrous elements of the skin that hold it strong and plump. This damage accelerates the aging of the skin, rendering smokers more susceptible to wrinkles on their faces and body.
Moisturize Your Hands Like How You Moisturize Your Face
To replenish the lost moisture of your hands from frequent hand washing, using lotions, creams and moisturizers can aid to lock the moisture and help your hands look younger. Just be sure that the products you’re going to use include ingredients like olive oil, vitamin E, macadamia nut oil, and shea butter, as what dermatologists recommend. Moreover, it’s best to use these products to slightly damp skin for better absorption.
Don’t hesitate to put some of your face cream on your hands, either. Just ensure that the products do not cause peeling or extreme vulnerability to sunlight.
Remember to Exfoliate
Dead skin cells can cause the treatment and creams from sinking in deeper into the skin. Exfoliation extracts dead skin cells from the skin and reveals fresh new cells underneath. It leaves room for hydrating products to reach deeper into the skin, making them more effective and powerful. To summarize, exfoliating regularly can keep the skin soft, smooth, healthy, and clean.
Use Hand Creams
It is best to use hand creams that contain ceramides, lipids which aid in forming a protective barrier for the skin and help retain moisture. For day use, it is best to squeeze a small amount of the hand cream on the back of one hand, then rub the backs of the hands together to avoid getting the palms and fingertips to feel slimy.
Restylane Lyft® is an FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler that is used on the face and hands. It is the first filler ever licensed for use on any portion of the body other than the face.
For several years, this filler was used on the hands, and it’s great to see that the FDA has finally made it clear that it’s a safe product to make your hands look younger.
The said filler produces the same result to the hands as it does to the face. It creates a rejuvenating effect that enhances volume and plumpness to the skin. After being injected, the presence of muscles and tendons decreases. Also, it fills the loose skin which minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For some people who have a low tolerance to pain, a local anesthetic and ice, before the injection begins, may be used to numb the area. James Christian Sardelli, RPA-C, a professional injector, will pinch up the skin and inject the filler into the skin’s deep layer.
You don’t need to worry about the side effects of this treatment are only minimal. Some people may feel swelling and bruising after the injection, but they go down over a day or two.
Most people have confirmed the results of this treatment lasts for about a year. In order to retain the outcome, it is important to undergo treatments on a yearly basis.