When it comes to aging skin, it’s all about prevention. To keep the skin on your hands supple and youthful-looking, there are some preventive measures you can take:
Dr. Pinski says that daily application of sunscreen to your hands when you are outside or even in your car will help to greatly reduce the signs of aging. “Sunblock is the number one preventative tool to reduce the damage from UVA and UVB rays that accelerates the external skin aging process. I recommend an SPF with a 30 or higher daily to the hands when exposed.”
Use Topical Antioxidants or Lighteners
Antioxidants help to prevent photo damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. According to Dr. Pinski, “Antioxidants fight the oxidation of external factors such as (UV) rays, smoke, and pollution, all of which can wreak havoc on our skin cells.” One of our favorite antioxidants to help brighten and prevent photo damage is Skinceuticals Phloretin. This product contains 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C, and 0.5% ferulic acid which diminishes dullness and discoloration. If brown spots are more noticeable on your hands, there are some topical therapies to improve reducing the pigmentation. Lytera or a prescription hydroquinone cream can greatly reduce appearance of skin discolorations.
Exfoliating products can help to slough off dead skin cells. We recommend using a body exfoliant such as Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash with Glycolic Acid to reveal fresh, healthy younger skin. Another exfoliating option for hands is our SpaFusion Green Tea Exfoliating scrub that can be used a few times a week. Always remember to moisturize your hands with a replenishing hand cream like SpaFusion Green Tea Body Moisturizer right after exfoliating that will leave you feeling hydrated, but not greasy.
Some more aggressive alternatives to fight signs of aging on the hands include:
Chemical Peels– an acid solution that is applied topically to the skin that will exfoliate dead skin cells, improve tone, texture and the rate of cell turnover.
Dermasweep– an exfoliating procedure that uses a bristle technology, collagen stimulating vacuum, and a cocktail of antioxidants and brighteners to restore and rejuvenate skin on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, and hands.
Laser Resurfacing– a fractionated laser therapy to address multiple signs of aging such as softening fine lines, improving skin texture, and brightening pigmentation.
Filler– treatments such as Radiesse can be used to restore lost volume in the hands. Consult with our Doctors to see if you would be a candidate for cosmetic rejuvenation in the hands.