Hand care might not be everyone’s most primary concern – but like your face, your hands function as bridges to the world. You shake hands when you meet or greet someone for the first time and when you seal a deal. Your hands express your affection to those you love. Being good to your hands is about having good daily habits and choosing the right products to use on them. A few small changes could make a difference in how your hands look and feel.Follow these tips to help your hands stay in top shape.
Wear sunscreen, the delicate skin of your hands needs protection from the sun. Some creams combine advanced sun protection with moisturizing agents and are non-greasy and quick absorbing. Hand creams have as much to offer as face creams. Most also come in “quick absorbing” formulations so your hands won’t feel greasy. Some key ingredients include Retinol to keep skin moist. Peptides along with other ingredients such as B vitamins to boost collagen production and keep the skin on your hands smooth. Vitamin C and glycolic acid to help treat age spots, wrinkling, and loss of elasticity and finaly Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate your skin. Wear gloves whenever possible, but special when doing the dishes or driving, so you will avoid harsh detergents and sun damage.
Not quite satisfied with the results of your at-home hand care? You may be ready to consider professional options. Because the skin on the back of the hands is extremely thin, losing even a minimal amount of fat padding creates a crepe-like, aged look. That’s why the No. 1 professional hand care treatment to date is medical fillers, those same wrinkle-filling injections used on the face. For those who are needle-shy fractional laser skin resurfacing tool can do the trick. Laser works by stimulating new collagen and elastin to grow, restoring the skin’s underlying support structure and making wrinkles less noticeable.
One sure sign of aging are those brown spots or liver spots that appear on the back of the hand as early as your 30’s . This is just a natural part of the aging process, but it’s definitely influenced by the sun — and the more sun exposure you had when you were young, the more brown spots you’re going to see as you age. The treatment of choice to reduce those spots are Lasers designed to rid the skin of excess pigmentation. IPL (a pulsed light treatment similar to lasers) is also effective to remove brown spots. Creams used to bleach your face skin like hydroquinone, kojic acid and arbutin can also be used in your hands, but make sure to avoid sun exposure during and after the treatment.