With all the ways we have at our disposal to keep our faces looking fresh and young and our bodies fit and in shape, there is often one area that is overlooked, but can instantly add the years on if neglected. Hands! Look for these signs of aging on the skin on the back of hands:
Age spots. The hands are constantly exposed to the elements, so even those who are meticulous about slathering on sunscreen will eventually see the hallmarks of aging skin: discoloration and sunspots. While prevention is key, not many people realize the importance of using sun protection products on the hands.
Translucent skin. All skin thins with age but the hands have very little fat. Without plump tissue underneath, this skin tends to look paper-thin more quickly. The skin on the hands is actually thinner than that on the face.
Wrinkled skin. Wrinkles are an obvious sign of aging. The skin on the hands needs more moisture than the rest of the body because they are washed frequently, contributing to drying and wrinkling.
Deflated appearance. Without a lot of sturdy tissue for support, thinning of the skin begins to settle in, giving hands that sunken, hollow look—a sure sign of an older person.
Prominent veins. As the hands age, the large veins on the backs of the hands become much more visible; the tendons and bones become more noticeable as well.
So what can we do about this? Quite a lot! The first thing is to always remember to include your hands in your daily sun protection regimen (protect yourself against UVA and UVB!). Too many people forget, and there is nothing that ages skin prematurely like sun damage.
What about treatments? Well, luckily, everything that works on your face and body is applicable to your hands:
Translucent skin. To build up collagen and thicken the skin; Microdermabrasion, MicroNeedling, RadioFrequency Rejuvenation, and even fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra Aesthetic can be used in the same way we use them for the face and lips, to add volume and plumpness.
Deflated appearance. A combination of treatments can be used, but at this point, fillers are the best option.
Prominent veins. depending on the size, lasers can be used to reduce the appearance of veins, or injection based sclerotherapy can be used to collapse large veins.