If your anti-aging routine starts at your face and finishes somewhere around your neck (or your décolletage on a good day), it’s time to rethink your beauty plan because there are a couple of body parts due south that need attention, too.
The truth is, when it comes to the visible signs of aging, it’s often your hands that go first. And the reasons are simple. First up, the skin on the back of your hands is much thinner than that on your face and neck, which is why they’re far more susceptible to internal aging. Hands are also exposed to constant environmental damage – unless, that is, you’re a fan of wearing silk gloves 24/7. No? Thought not. And who applies a broad-spectrum, medical-grade sunscreen to their hands on a daily basis? Answer: barely anyone.
If you’re over the age of 30, you’ll have probably noticed your hands aren’t quite what they used to be. Maybe the skin has started to appear thinner and less ‘plump’ if you will. Give the skin on the back of your hands a gentle pinch and see how quickly it springs back. Not so pretty, right? Or perhaps the odd sun spot has cropped up. Sorry, we bet you wish you’d never started looking…
But it’s OK, because anti-aging your hands is not an impossible task and simply requires a few additions to your personalized beauty plan. Either at the doctor’s office or in the comfort of your own home, here a few of our favorite ways to get your hands in check with your face.
AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE
With age, the skin produces less collagen and elastin making it thinner, veinier and with much less ‘bouncebackability.’ The fatty layer underneath your skin also decreases, which doesn’t help the situation – sigh. There are plenty of in-office options that can help thicken the skin on your hands, however, so next time you’re at the doctor’s office, ask your aesthetician about what they offer in terms of hand rejuvenation procedures. These which can include anything from laser treatments and IPL to dermal fillers like Radiesse which has been FDA-approved for correcting volume loss on the back of the hands.
“Radiesse is a wonderful, natural way to reduce the appearance of lines, veins and bony hands,” explains board-certified cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Barbara Persons, MD FACS, owner of Persons Plastic Surgery in Lafayette, Northern California and one of our top partners.
“It delivers hyaluronic acid and a natural calcium derivative underneath the superficial fascia of the hand, turning old-looking hands into rejuvenated hands with a simple, two-minute injection and a short massage.”
“The cost is about $1450, but the results last around two years and looking down at younger hands is priceless.”
If needles aren’t your thing, there are some great alternatives you can try at home. Obviously you’re never going to reap the same benefits from a hand cream as you’d get from fillers, but if you up the ante with a medical-grade treatment, personally recommended by your doctor, you will definitely see a noticeable difference over time.
Herein, our current recommendations for various hand aging woes…
Best For Reducing Dark Spots: Jan Marini Luminate Hand Cream
Proven to dramatically improve uneven texture and discoloration on the back of aging hands, this is a must on our desks. Using a combination of retinol, glycerin, vitamin E and melanin-inhibiting ingredients such as alpha-arbutin and kojic dipalmitate, apply it morning and night for visible, skin-brightening results.
Best Overnight Boost: Revision Lumiquin
If you’ve been searching high and low for an overnight hand cream, stop right now, because Lumiquin® is just what the hand doctor ordered. Packed with moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and biosaccharide gum-1, as well as vitamin C and licorice root extract to add radiance, it’s the perfect bedtime treat for parched, aging hands.
Best For Improving Fine Lines: ZO Skin Health Oraser Nourishing Hand Crème
The key ingredients in this powerful age eraser come in the form of retinol enzymatic skin resurfacers, which work by gently exfoliating the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, brighten skin tone and improve texture. Think of it as the one you keep in your purse for regular use throughout the day.
Best Hydrating Multi-Tasker: SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair
Products that work hard for their keep are right up there with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, and this brightening and redensifying cream ticks all the boxes when it comes to the forgotten-about skin on your hands, neck and décolletage. Apply it twice daily to enjoy the benefits of hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, sodium tetrahydrojasmonate and vigna aconitifolia seed extract which combine to brighten age spots and reduce crêpey skin.
Written by: Georgia Gould