The cold weather mixed with the drying central heating can wreak havoc on your hands. The good news is that 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 here’s my pick of the best solutions and some preventive measures you can take to restore your hands to baby soft perfection.
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 releases energy into the skin which then stimulates regeneration of the cells, and boosts collagen. You will see instant results after one treatment, but for longer lasting results try a course of three to six treatments, spaced at least ten days apart. However, it is vital that you use SPF 30 after the treatment to protect the new skin.
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 weeks, but a course of three will keep your hands looking eternally young.
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 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 Pelleve, 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.
Plump Scrawny Hands. As we get grow older, we lose muscle 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 anesthetic, 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.
My 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. If your hands and nails are desperately dry then try an overnight glove treatment such as Body Shop’s hand moisturising gloves.
*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 and gel.