Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent my hands from looking aged and veiny? Kim, Syracuse
A. Kim, thanks for your question! It’s great that you are thinking about taking care of your hands. They often show signs of aging even before your face does because they are usually the least protected and most neglected part of our body. Take a look at someone’s hands if you want to know their true age. Madonna is a great example of this. She has gone to great lengths to keep her face and body youthful, but her hands give her age away. You rarely will see her not wearing gloves.
As you age, your hands lose volume, fat and elasticity. It is the loss of these and the thinning of the skin that makes your veins more prominent. Much of it is your genetics; however, there are a few ways you can take care of your hands to slow down this aging process.
1. Daily Use of Sunscreen
The sun’s UV rays damage your skin breaking down your collagen making your hands look thin and crepey. Even if it is just five minutes a day while driving to work, that accumulation over time becomes apparent. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your hands daily. If you are going to be outside, reapply your SPF every two hours. Wearing sunscreen on your hands will also help prevent brown spots from appearing – otherwise known as age spots or liver spots.
2. Medical Skin Care
The use of medical strength retinols and growth factor serums will help stimulate collagen production keeping the skin on your hands plump and youthful looking. These are available from medical spas and dermatology offices.
If you are already noticing volume loss in your hands, there is a quick in-office procedure that can be performed to plump them up. By injecting them with a filler such as Radiesse®, it will help them look less bony and more youthful. Lasers and chemical peels are other treatment options to consider as well.
Kim, if you have any more questions about taking care of your hands, be sure to consult with a medical skin care provider. They can help determine which treatment option will be best for you and your concerns. It’s never too soon for prevention or too late to reverse it.
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
Do you have a question for Jennifer, about this article or another cosmetic skin care issue? Please call Vein Institute & Medi Spa at 574-267-1900 to have your questions answered and considered for future columns. Questions can also be submitted online at www.veinmedicalspa.com
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