Did you know that the skin on your hands shows just as many signs of aging as the skin on your face? Thanks to Botox, face lifts and other anti-aging treatments, the new way to tell someone’s age is by looking at their hands.
“Hands not only are susceptible to the first signs of aging, but very often age even faster than the face,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, chief of dermatological and cosmetic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Every woman should include a hand treatment in her beauty routine, and it doesn’t have to be difficult; it can be as simple as applying a hand cream before bed. Read on to find out what makes your hands age so quickly and how to combat the process.
Things that Age your Hands
Because the skin on your hands is so thin, it is much more susceptible to sun damage. The sun’s rays penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, breaking down collagen and elastin fibers that are essential to smooth, supple hands. You can also develop sun spots from too much sun exposure.
“As you get older, your hands lose volume, fat and elasticity,” said Dr. John F. Farella, a plastic surgeon with offices in Mount Kisco, N.Y., White Plains and the Riverdale section of the Bronx. “The fatty layer of the hand disappears, so the skin is more translucent and shriveled, and you see underlying structures like bones, tendons and veins.”
Thinks like cold weather, detergents and harsh cleaning products all take a toll on the delicate skin on your hands. The cold is drying, and too many harsh chemicals can strip the skin of oils that are essential for protection.
That menthol cigarette you’ve loved for so long is damaging more than just your lungs… The smoke from a traditional cigarette lingers on the hands, making them stinky, and even more prone to wrinkles because of the lack of oxygen. Try smoke free cigarettes from Vapor Couture to keep your hands fresh and clean!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
“Your hands really need more moisture than any other part of your body because they are exposed to the elements more, all year long, plus you are washing them frequently, which also tends to cause a loss of the skin’s protective oil mantle,” says Marmur.
Use a thick cream or lotion at night before bed to get the most moisturizing benefits. Also, keep a small bottle of hand cream in your purse, car or office for times when you need a pick-me-up.
One of the most important beauty products ever invented, sunscreen is crucial to the health of your skin. Apply to the backs of your hands throughout the day, and especially while driving.
No longer reserved for the spa, it’s easy to give yourself an at-home paraffin wax treatment. Once removed, paraffin wax leaves a thin film on the skin, providing protection, and delivering even more moisture to your hands. You can get a small unit for just about $50.
Injections, laser therapies and even surgery have become popular amongst women looking for professional anti-aging hand treatments. Just make sure you see a highly-recommended, established doctor.