Are your hands aging you?

hand rejuvenation | Dr. AltamiraMost of us concentrate our anti-aging efforts on the face. But there are two other parts of the body that can play a huge role in aging us, and we often ignore them completely: our hands.

The skin on the hands is similar to the skin underneath the eyes

The skin on the hands is very thin and fragile, just like the delicate skin under our eyes. Also, our hands can take a beating, frequently exposed to weather, hot water, harsh cleaning agents, and injuries. So it should be obvious that the hands need extra care, beyond moisturizers and manicures. Here are three reasons your hands might be causing you to appear even older than you are:

1.) Sun damage

2.) Dryness

3.) Irritation

But even if you are one of the rare individuals who always puts sunscreen on your hands and wears gloves any time you play sports or work around the house and yard — hands lose fat, the skin loses elasticity and veins and tendons become more prominent.

Take preventive measures

Always use SPF 30 or higher on your hands to block harmful UV rays. Sun can cause those skin-plumping proteins, such as collagen and elastin, to break down sooner. Also, the sun causes the dark spots that are a classic and unattractive sign of aging.

Avoid dry skin

Every time you wash your hands, use a rich cream or moisturizer no more than a minute later. You can also assure that your hands are hydrated by always applying moisturizer before bed.

Try effective face care products on your hands

Studies have shown that Retin-A in particular can improve skin elasticity, tone, and texture. If it’s good for your face, it will probably be just as good for the skin on your hands.

What your cosmetic surgeon can do

Most of us know about the anti-aging effects of filler injections on the face. Fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane (and even mild corrective surgery) can also help give the skin on the backs of your hands a smoother, more youthful appearance. Call for an appointment today: 713.271.9000.

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