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Anti-Aging and Your Hands by Madeleine Arena

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

From the Skin Care Arena

Your hands, like your face, greet the world. You shake hands to introduce yourself, or greet someone. You use your hands to express your affection to those you love; to soothe a sad child, or comfort someone suffering from an illness. If you’re like me, you may even “talk” with your hands.

Hands are the workhorses of the body. They are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and a lot of wear and tear, says Nelson Lee Novick, a clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City.

By the time you reach age thirty, skin-cell production decreases by ten percent, making your skin less able to repair itself. Unlike the thicker skinned, palms of the hand, the thin skin on the tops of the hands, can show signs of age first. In addition, when hands lose plumpness, due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, veins and knuckles can start to look more prominent.

You can do things every day to help your hands look and feel good. The best regime for the hands is fairly simple. Just follow my five step plan.

Step one: Wash your hands the right way. The frequent washing that’s designed to keep your hands sanitary can also keep them dry, cracked and wrinkled.  The goal is to remove germs and grime, without stripping all the natural oils from your hands. So, wash with warm water instead of hot.

Step two: Avoid using harsh soaps. Dermatologists recommend nondrying products like Dove, or Neutrogena, as well as liquid nonsoap cleansers like Cetaphil. According to the Mayo Clinic, antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary and may even dry skin more. They also can kill good bacteria on the hands and encourage bad bacteria that resist antibiotics.

Step three: Rinse hands well, and gently pat or blot dry. Don’t rub.

Step Four: Apply moisturizer after washing your hands.  A good moisturizer can help prevent or treat dry skin on your hands.  It helps  retain moisture in the outer layer of skin, making your hands smoother and softer.  Two of my favorites are Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra Enriched Hand Cream, and Avon’s Moisture Therapy.  Apply it each time you wash your hands. Don’t forget to massage the cream into your fingernails & cuticles.

Step Five: Protect your hands from harsh cleaners by wearing gloves for your household chores. If you think about it there’s no use being careful about the soap you use to wash your hands if you’re also exposing your hands to harsh cleaners. You might also consider using an inexpensive pair of cotton gloves as a liner to prevent sweating and itching. These gloves are available at most drugstores. They can also be used at night to cover your hands after you’ve moisturized them.

Step Six: Last but definitely not least, make sure you use a sunscreen on your hands during the day. The backs of hands, especially, need protection.  There are quite a few products on the market. Try Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Hand Cream SPF 15, which you can pick up at Target for about $14.  Another excellent product is Resist Ultimate Anti-Aging Hand Cream SPF 30 for about $13 from Paula’s Choice Skincare. If possible, reapply every time you wash your hands.

* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops  private label skin and hair care products for the trade. 

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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THOSE AGING HANDS?

We’ve all seen it before, a young face, with old looking hands – the dead give away to a person’s age. The tell tale signs: wrinkled skin, brown spots, protruding veins, tendons and bones . . . An aging appearance is no longer measured just by facial lines and furrows, sagging jowls or waddle necks. As the public becomes more tuned to aesthetics, the appearance of the upper surface of one’s hands increasingly comes into play.

Why the Years Are Unkind to Our Hands

As we age, the fatty layer of our hands gradually thins. Our hands lose volume, fat and elasticity. As a result, the skin becomes more translucent and wrinkled, causing underlying structures as bones and veins to become more apparent. The elements of sun, wind and rain also are unkind to our hands. Hands constantly exposed to the sun develop brown spots. The drying effects of the elements cause further skin wrinkles.

 What’s a Person to Do?

Many surgical and non-surgical treatments are available to rejuvenate both facial and body features. What solutions can science offer us for aging hands? Let’s start with the basics.

Protect your hands from the elements by wearing gloves during times of inclement weather.

Apply sunscreen, ideally SPF 50,  to your hands several times during the day. Remember, each time you wash your hand, you are also washing away the protective sunscreen. So carry a small size sunscreen in your purse and reapply it often.

Moisturize your hands as well as your face with a good quality moisturizer.

Get rid of age spots:

Prescriptive strength hydroquinone or Retin-A help erase signs of hyperpigmentation. If these products don’t do the trick, lasers would be the next step up in treatments.

Get rid of the translucent, shriveled appearance of the skin on the top of your hands:

Dermal fillers  – synthetic ones such as Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane or non-synthetic ones and non-synthetic ones as the patient’s own fat – are one viable solution. Injected under the first layer of the skin to plump it up in a 5-to-10-minute procedure, fillers work very well, but must be repeated as their effects diminish over time. A second solution is energy driven devices as intense pulsed light, Fraxel or CO2 laser resurfacing.

What about surgical hand lifts?

Can excess skin be surgically removed? Not anytime soon. For one thing, hand surgery is likely to causes obvious scarring. Secondly, hands pose a greater risk of complications. And beautiful hands would be a poor trade off for hands that don’t function as they should. In an earlier article I wrote about Madonna’s Eyes – how young and beautiful they appear.  But have you noticed that she often wears fingerless gloves during her performances – most likely to hide her less-than-young-looking hands?

Can’t science do something more for aging hands? Not at the moment, but never say “Never”.  Advances in cosmetic surgery are driven by demand, and hand rejuvenation is a hot new topic.

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GIVE YOUR HANDS A LIFT!

Give your Hands a Lift

The dead give away – A person with a young face, but veiny, wrinkled or spotted hands. 

 As we age, the fatty layer of our hands gradually diminishes. As a result, the skin becomes more translucent and wrinkled, and underlying structures as bones and veins become more apparent. As if this weren’t enough punishment, since hands are constantly exposed to the sun, brown spots often appear.

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An aging appearance is no longer measured just by crow’s feet and saggy jowls, but also by the appearance of the upper surface of one’s hands. Whereas a myriad of both surgical and non-surgical treatments are available and commonplace today to rejuvenate aging facial and body features, what solution does science offer us for aging hands?

Have you noticed how Madonna tends to camouflage her hands, by wearing fingerless gloves during many of her performances?

But what about hand lifts? Is science working on a solution for aging hands? One viable solution is dermal fillers – a 5-to-10-minute procedure where the surgeon injects synthetic fillers like Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane or the patient’s own fat under the first layer of skin to plump it up. (Costs about $1,200). A second solution, is energy driven devices as intense pulsed light, Fraxel or CO2 laser resurfacing treatments (about $1,500) to remove sun spots and tighten the skin , or a combination of fillers and lasers. The effects of these treatments typically last about a year.

Is the surgical removal of excess skin a viable option? Probably not because it’s likely to causes obvious scarring. Furthermore there’s also a greater risk of complications as hands do not heal well. It would be quite a trick on nature to be left with beautiful, young looking hands that don’t function well. But since advances in cosmetic surgery are driven by demand, who knows what the future might bring! I’ve learned to never say “Never”!Beauty Within

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