Hands can give away a person’s age just as much as their face.
The skin on the hands is exposed to the harshness of everyday life more so than any other part of the body and, as such, is very susceptible to premature ageing. But while many people spend fortunes on looking after the skin on their face, they neglect to look after the skin on their hands, leaving them with the telltale signs of how old they really are.
There are many reasons that the hands are so prone to premature ageing. For one thing protecting them from the sun can be hard. Even if you do apply sunscreen to your hands, it is just as quickly washed off with repeated exposure to water and cleaning detergents. In addition as we age our skin also becomes thinner and we begin to lose fat, so the hands become less plump and veins are more visible through the thinner skin.
As many of the age related problems visible on the hands are the same as those on the face (sun damage, pigmentation, loss of fat etc.) a wide range of treatments can be tailored for hands.
- Dermal fillers for plumping the skin
- Skin hydrators such as Restylane Vital and Restylane Vital Light
- Medical skin needling such as Dermaroller
- Chemical peels
- Topical skincare
Loss of volume can lead to hands appearing “veiny’ and old. The use of dermal fillers in the hands is becoming an increasingly popular way of addressing this problem. Dermal fillers can be used for instant hand wrinkle-reducing results. Filler treatment can also help stimulate collagen production and as hyaluronic acid has a hydrating effect; it can plump the skin on the hands nicely.
Skin hydrators such as Restylane Vital and Restylane Vital Light have proved to be very popular treatment for rejuvenating dehydrated hands. The Restylane Vital range of products provides deep dermal hydration, that restores hydrobalance, improves skin elasticity, structure and firmness. Designed by increasing the skin’s moisture retention the skin becomes more resistant to dehydration and retains its structure.
Clinical studies show that Restylane Vital significantly increases skin elasticity and promotes skin smoothness and also makes thin skin plumper and firmer.
This treatment have also been shown to encourage collagen induction because of multiple puncture wounds created during treatments and as they are not filling agents, like dermal fillers, the risks of any products being seen under the skin on the hands is reduced.
Skin rejuvenation with Restylane Vital Light.
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Mesotherapy works by injecting a cocktail of ingredients into the skin of the hand to make it appear smoother and plumper. The aim is to replace minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are found in the lower levels in skin as we age. Subdermal vitamin injections rejuvenate the cells, making them more active, and thereby stimulating the production of collagen. This treatment has also been shown to encourage collagen induction because of multiple puncture wounds created during treatments.
Pigmentation affects the epidermal level of the hands and manifest itself as patchy, uneven, discoloured spots on the skin that are darker in colour than normal surrounding skin. Age spots can vary in colour from brown to grey and black, they can be small or quite large and often appear in groups or clusters. Treatments which aim to remove the top epidermal layers of the skin and encourage skin rejuvenation are effective treatments for pigmentation these include among others chemical peeling.
Professional chemical peels reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and dullness by exfoliating the skin's surface cells. They also stimulate collagen production to diminish the appearance of signs of photoageing, including fine lines and wrinkles.
As we age our skin also becomes thinner and we begin to lose collagen and fat, so the hands become less plump and veins are more visible through the thinner skin. Collagen induction therapy like Dermaroller can help stimulate collagen production and improve the skin quality.
It can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments like deep dermal hydration and/or mesotherapy.
Constant exposure to soaps, weather, chemicals and other external stress factors weakens the skin barrier function of your hands. Hand creams have long been used to rehydrate and soften tired skin on the hands.
Leading dermal filler brand Restylane® launched its own range of skincare, which includes a hand cream. The products are based on Q-Med’s patented and scientifically proven NASHA™ ( Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid) technology which enhances the moisturizing effects of the cream.
Restylane hand cream contains therapeutic doses of stabilized HA, Biotin (Vitamin B) and rice bran extract. The patented form of stabilized hyaluronic acid, NASHA™ gel, which has been embedded in a very special lipid network, provides your skin with superb protection and rehydrates whilst leaving your skin radiant. The Biotin increases keratin, strengthening nails. The rice bran extracts build up the important antioxidative shield of your outer skin layer, leaving your hands soft and moisturized. Restylane Hand Cream builds up your own protective skin barrier, and restores your hands' natural softness.