I think many of us don’t think about our hands enough. When it comes to skincare almost everyone concentrates on caring for their face and neglects their hands. Your face may be wrinkle and line free (and acne free as well), but in the end your hands are covered with sun spots and full of wrinkles. It is time to treat your hands with as much respect as you would your face.
Basically, whatever products you use on your face you can use on your hands. Whatever treatments you would do on your face – laser, chemical peels – you can also do on your hands. And the number of products aimed at treating hands has grown exponentially in the last few years so there are plenty of products to choose from.
First and foremost, use sunscreen on your hands so that you protect your hands from age spots and collagen deterioration. If your hands are on the dry side use a hand cream with spf. A few to consider are Neutrogena hand cream, Peter Thomas Roth hand cream, or Studio Gear hand cream. Or if your hands don’t need extra moisture then just use sunscreen on your hands every day and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day. Buy a few hand creams and/or sunscreens and leave one in the car, one by your kitchen sink, one in your bathroom, and one in your purse.
Don’t forget to exfoliate in order to remove dead skin so that your moisturizer and other treatments can work better. You can safely use any type of scrub on your hands in order to exfoliate. Additionally, you can even consider an esthetician or doctor administered microdermabrasion treatment on your hands in order to exfoliate and stimulate collagen production.
If you have sun spots on your hands consider using products with brightening agents (like vitamin C) or hydroquinone in them. (For a in-depth discussion on treating hyperpigmentation see my blog post Help for Hyperpigmentation) If you want more immediate results get a chemical peel on your hands. Not only will the chemical peel help to remove hyperpigmentation and smooth your skin considerably it will also stimulate collagen production in the area of the peel. You can even get laser treatments on your hands in order to remove the age spots. For both the chemical peels and the laser treatments you might need a series of treatments in order to get the results you desire, but generally you will see a difference faster than when just using a brightening or lightening serum.
Just as you would use Retin-A, Renova, or a OTC retinol product on your face to fight wrinkles and lines and build collagen you can do the same on your hands. The prescription retinol products can even reduce crepiness and make veins less obvious. Or consider injections in your hands. Restylane, Radiesse, or Sculptra can all be injected into the hands to add volume and make veins less visible.
In the meantime, while you consider your treatment options or wait for the product you applied to work you can use make-up on your hands.
Lets give our hands a little extra thought and TLC today. You’ll thank yourself in the future.
Sources and Further Reading:
- Younger-Looking Hands and Nails in 10 Minutes More Magazine May 2009
- The Fountain of Youth at Your Fingertips The New York Times September 25,2008
FYI – Ellen Sirot, who calls herself the world’s “most successful hand model” has a line of hand creams. I’ve never tried them and interestingly enough the creams do not contain spf. You might enjoy looking at her website.