Plump Scrawny Hands – Covid Hands SOS

Plump Scrawny  Hands

As we get grow older, we lose muscle we lose resulting in thin, scrawny hands. Try the pinch test to see how quickly the skin springs back on the back of your hands. If it doesn’t ping back quickly, then you’re already losing collagen!

To restore youthful plumpness, volumising is possible by using your own fat taken from your tummy hips or even knees, which is treated in a special machine and then injected into the backs of the hands. This will instantly camouflage veins and can make hands look ten years younger.

Performed using a local anaesthetic, results can last up to three years but a top up may be needed after three to four months once the fat has settled. Expect downtime of up to two weeks.

Alternatively, dermal fillers can be used for hand rejuvenation – the outcome depends very much on the surgeon’s experience and skills so do go to an experienced doctor.

Fat transfer for hands £3500 results will last up to 5 years, or Ellanse filler for hands from £1200 results will last around 2 years.

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The Hand Tightener – Covid Hands SOS

The Hand Tightener

Our hands actually start to age as early as our early thirties.

Changes in our hormone levels can also cause skin to become thinner, making veins more visible. To improve skin tone and sagging a Smartxide CO2 laser procedure will go deeper than IPL This will stimulate tissue below the skin surface to produce more collagen and elastin – tightening the fine wrinkles in skin and leaving hands that look much smoother and more youthful.

Skin-tightening devices, using radio frequency like Forma, can also work nicely for hands in need of tone and textural improvements depending on the depth of the treatment, it can take up to week to recover but results can last up to three years if you exfoliate regularly and wear sunscreen. Smartxide CO2 laser for hands from £300 per session.

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COVID HANDS SOS – HAND LIFT

The Hi Tech Hand Lift

A Hand Lift without scalpels? Yes, you can with the Vampire Hand Lift. 

The 60-minute treatment entails having blood drawn from the arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. These are then injected into the backs of the hands  to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and new collagen. As ghoulish as the procedure sounds using your own blood is a safe, completely natural treatment and is highly effective at rejuvenating tired, dull looking skin The results are immediate, evening out skin tone, softening lines and wrinkles, plus boosting collagen so results will continue to improve over the following six week, but a course of three will keep your hands looking eternally young. From £450

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COVID HANDS SOS – LIGHT THERAPY

Zap Age Spots with Light Therapy

Hands take a lot of abuse and most of us pay less attention to their care and protection.

They are subjected to cumulative sun exposure and collagen breakdown just like the skin on your face, neck, and décolleté but because the skin on the hands is much thinner sun damage will show much earlier, resulting in brown splodges and wrinkling.

A course of IPL using the latest system, Lumecca, is one of the workhorses of anti ageing and can zap and lighten the marks as well as improve skin tone. It is a safe, quick treatment with little downtime and compared to other laser systems is inexpensive. During the treatment, an intense pulsed light is aimed at the skin on the backs of the hands and these flashes of light are absorbed by red or brown pigment in the skin, which is then absorbed by the body. The light therapy also release  energy into the skin which then stimulates regeneration of the cells, and boosts collagen.

You’ll see instant results after one treatment but for longer lasting results try a course of three to six treatments, spaced at 3-4 weeks apart. It is vital that you use SPF 30 after the treatment to protect the new skin.

From £80 a session.

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COVID HANDS SOS

Well, I don’t know about you, but my hands are suffering in this current Covid Crisis?  

I was brought up to wash my hands regularly (not just after bathroom visits) and have been almost religious in my use of hand cream and to date it has worked, but add in hand washing after touching surfaces, packages and clothing, my hands are beginning to feel like sandpaper.  Then, of course, we have had a few rounds of absolutely glorious weather so our hands have been exposed to the elements and UVA and UVB too. Hands up those who remembered to use sunblock!

But there IS good news. In the world of cosmetic treatments there have been some remarkable developments in turning back the clock on hand ageing. Most treatments that can be done on your face, neck, chest, and any other area can now be applied to your hands too. From hi tech Vampire lifts to innovative laser zappers so here are a series of posts with my pick of the best solutions and some preventive measures you can take to restore your hands to baby soft perfection. 

 

1. Top Tips for Youthful Hands

Preventing damage now will mean will mean better skin condition in future.

*Always wear sun protection on the back of the hands to prevent liver spots and wrinkles even when driving in the as those ageing UVA rays can penetrate glass.

*Don’t wash your hands in very hot or cold water, as you will damage the skin. Try and ensure water is lukewarm and use a milder soap that contains nourishing and moisturising oils to cleanse the skin. Always rub in hand cream for at least a few minutes after washing hand and before bedtime.

*Wear protective gloves when doing housework or in the garden and give yourself a hand facial once a week. Products that you use on your face are just as good for your hands, so exfoliate and then use a plumping mask. Try Nourish Kale Anti-Ageing Hand Cream £12.50 www.nourishskinrange.com

If your hands and nails are desperately dry then try O’Keeffe’s® Working Hands around £6 from Amazon

*The quality of skin and pigmentation marks can also be improved by the regular use of a retinoid (vitamin A) cream, which can help boost collagen and thicken the outer layer of the skin. Always use in the evening before bed as daylight can destroy the active retinoid molecules in the cream.

Stay safe!

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ASK LESLEY – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PEEL AND A SCRUB?

Q: What’s the difference between a peel and a scrub?

A peel is a chemical exfoliator whereas a scrub is a physical exfoliator with a gritty texture. Both will exfoliate the top layer, remove dead skin cells, treat excess oil and help promote cell turnover to reveal brighter, clearer skin.

If you’re looking to tackle signs of ageing you should opt for a professional peel, which is generally more powerful and can be adapted to suit your skin type. If you want a quick glow, opt for a scrub.

Always wear sun protection, minimum SPF30 after any exfoliation treatment, as your skin will be extra sensitive to UV light.

If you’re using retinol, stop at least a week before a peel treatment as it could increase the absorption of any acid that’s applied.

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USED BY HAWAIIANS – KUKUINUT OIL

This has been used for hundreds of years by Hawaiians to soothe cuts and burns, and protect skin from the sun.

With vitamins A, C and E – all antioxidants that help create and protect healthy skin – it absorbs quickly. Smooth it on after showering, alternatively buy the pure oil and add a few drops to your bath water.

TRY: The Body Shop Hawaiian Kikui Cream, £25, which leaves skin nourished and soft.

DIY: Hydrating face mask
Mix 1tbsp of nut oil (available from most supermarkets) with 1tbsp plain yogurt and 1tbsp honey. Apply the paste to cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for about 10 minutes, rinse, then apply your usual moisturiser.

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KALE – THE NEW TRENDY SKIN CARE INGREDIENT

A popular superfood, kale is now the new trendy skin care ingredient.

It contains lutein, which helps protect against UV induced free radicals. It’s also packed with vitamins, as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients. Used regularly, it will help tighten pores, reduce dark circles and boost collagen for tighter, firmer and bouncier skin!

TRY: Nourish Kale Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, £30 (nourishskinrange.com), wish peptides to brighten dark circles and repair puffy eyes.

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THE BENEFITS OF KAKADU PLUM

This is one of the natural world’s most potent forms of vitamin C, with even more than orange!

Research shows it improves the penetration of vitamin C into the skin, meaning better absorption to fight off free radical damage. It also has folic acid and iron, so little wonder that this powerful antioxidant has been popping up in skin care. Used regularly, it will help give a natural glow.

TRY: Vida Glow Active Vitamin C Serum, £39.95, has an impressively high vitamin count, including vitamin E for extra nourishment.

https://uk.vidaglow.com/

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MASK MOUTH

If you wear a mask for more than a few hours, you might notice cracks at the side of the mouth when you take it off. As we age, tissue loss around the mouth can cause moisture build-up and this can get worse when wearing masks, causing irritation.

Take extra care of your skin on the lips and around the mouth. For very dry lips, exfoliate every few days – use a spare dry toothbrush with a dab of Vaseline and rub gently in a circular motion. Use a good lip balm every day too.

Try Avene Cicalfate Repair Cream, £7.50, which is formulated to help heal cracked skin while maintaining moisture levels.

If redness of cracks are particularly bad, see your doctor or chemist as an anti-fungal cream may help.

For a more high-tech cure, hyaluronic acid filler injections can give immediate relief as they fill in the grooves to help make the angles in the corners of the mouth much less deep. From £250.

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