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Don’t Let Your Hands Give Away Your Age

July 23, 2013

Our hands are usually the first body part to show our age.  While we protect our face we usually neglect the hands.  You should use a retinoid and SPF on your hands daily.  The retinoid will help with tone and texture while the SPF will protect from sundamage.

Chemical peels and the Forever Young BBL are great for helping with uneven pigment, sundamage, tone, and texture.  

As we age we lose volume and our hands are no exception.  In that case Dr. Olson prefers to use Radiesse to add volume in our hands.  Below is a picture of one of Dr. Olson's patients.

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Read more on this topic in the New Beauty article "Why Your Hands Are Aging and How to Fix Them"

There are three main factors that can make your hands age faster. The first one is sun damage. “It can prematurely age our hands by causing wrinkling, uneven pigmentation, and atrophy or thinning of the skin,” says Livingston, NJ, dermatologist Chris W. Sciales, MD.

Second, genetics also plays a part in aging your hands since age spots and freckles are hereditary. Lastly, the medications you are using can also be affecting your hands. “Side effects may include increased photosensitivity and atrophy or thinning of the skin—thus causing premature aging of the hands,” says Dr. Sciales.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent aging on your hands. “The sooner you start taking care of and protecting your hands, the longer they will keep their youthful look,” says Dr. Judge. “It’s very important to use sun protection on your hands and to keep them hydrated with moisture cream or lotion.” 

If you are starting to notice some aging on your hands there are a number of ways to reverse it. You can repair sun damage and reduce the appearance of age spots with the regular use of retinoids and high-strength retinols. Using products with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can help improve your skin tone and texture. You can also do chemical peels on your hands to help improve skin texture, reduce pigmentation and even boost collagen production.

Additionally, there are more aggressive treatments for those that need them. “Laser skin resurfacing is a good option to achieve desired effects,” says Dr. Judge. “Age spots and rough texture can be treated with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Another option is injectables and fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero. “They can plump up the hands and make them look less bony,” says Dr. Sciales.

 

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