How to improve ageing hands
The best treatments for rejuvenating ageing hands, West Malling, Kent
The hands are a significant age giveaway, mainly because they’re not a priority for many people until the damage has already been done. While many religiously cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and protect our faces, our hands are often left without. You can smooth out lines and wrinkles and replenish lost volume on the face, but the backs of your hands aren’t so easily disguised. That’s not to say it’s not possible, though. There are several ways to rejuvenate the skin on our hands, and at Illuminate Skin Clinic, we combine the best treatments and modalities in our hand-rejuvenating treatments.
Why do the hands age so quickly?
The hands get more exposure to UV light than any other part of the body except the face, which means that every time they are exposed in daylight, they accumulate small amounts of sun damage, which eventually will show up in the form of hyperpigmentation (dark spots commonly referred to as age spots). These marks are caused by an overproduction of melanin, the brown pigment in the skin.
The hands are drier than most of the rest of the body, with fewer oil glands to moisturise them, and this, together with the way the skin stretches over the knuckles, means that the skin on our hands loses its elasticity and becomes wrinkly a lot quicker. It’s also quite common for the hands to appear hollow with age which is due to a loss of fat, soft tissue, and bone, causing a bony and veiny appearance.
Patients often tell us that they think their hands look at least ten years older than their faces, but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. The right treatments will rejuvenate the hands, smoothing and freshening the skin and reducing the appearance of prominent hand veins.
Minimising lines, wrinkles and crepey skin
While chemical peels can be beneficial for diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the hands, Profhilo works inside the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which spreads evenly throughout the skin to rapidly regain structure and tautness and significantly improve the overall tissue quality of the skin. Volite is another skin booster which is very effective in this area. Again, it is made from Hyaluronic Acid, and it works to fill lines and plump the skin whilst deeply hydrating it.
Targeting sun damage and pigmentation
One of our favourite methods of treating age spots on the hands is by using an innovative technique to specifically target the sunspots before blending with an overall chemical peel to create a fresh, even skin tone. Chemical peels usually contain a combination of alpha-hydroxy acids and possibly TCA, a more powerful acid, which deeply exfoliate the skin and are an excellent option for all skin types who are experiencing pigmentation problems. We can also use Cyspera cream in this area, which is excellent for body pigmentation and can dramatically reduce the appearance of dark patches in as little as 12 weeks of regular use.
Restoring structure and lost volume
If prominent veins are a concern, we can use filler to help restore the volume on the back of the hands and plump skin from the inside out. In this area, fillers mimic the body’s natural tissues and restores structure and definition.
Not only this, but dermal fillers also boost collagen and elastin stores deep within the skin, improving the skin’s texture over time even after the initial filler has worn off.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.