Your hands give away your age more than most other body parts.
Our hands start looking older by our 30’s and 40’s as they are constantly exposed to the sun and harsh chemicals. With time, we lose collagen in the skin and our tendons and veins become more and more pronounced.
Eventually, the skin shows progressive sun spots and decreased elasticity leading to wrinkles. It is important to start taking care of our hands at an early age to decrease the aging process. Here are a few practical tips on how to take care of your hands and prevent them from giving away your age.
Apply Sunblock Every Day
As Dendy Engelman says, “There’s no such thing as a healthy tan. The color change actually indicates sun damage”.This doesn’t mean that you have to refrain from being out in the sun and enjoying life, but it does mean you have to take some precautions to avoid any sun damage on any parts of your skin. Applying sunblock can be a pain to do everyday, but if you mix it with your daily moisturizer, or put it on as a primer before your foundation, it could be a simple task to do.
I recommend applying sunblock to the parameters of the body that you expose most to the sun, especially your hands, neck and face. SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 32, is a great choice for many women because it’s a tinted sunscreen that gives you the highest level of UVA protection available, while evening out your skin tone and making it look healthier.
If you prefer a full coverage base, and want a sunscreen that would work well with foundation, I would recommend the PCA skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45. Not only is it quick-absorbing with a light finish, but it can be easily worn under makeup and was awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation. Whichever of the two sunblocks matches your personal needs, both can be found at Orchidia Med Spa.
Keep Your Hands Well Moisturized
Moisturizer should be a vital step in your daily regimen if you want to keep your face, hands, and neck, looking as youthful as possible. Applying moisturizer daily can increase the moisture level of the stratum corneum (outmost layer of skin), and prevent skin from drying out.
As we age, the collagen that our body naturally creates decreases. Since collagen production is what helps give our skin strength, elasticity, and luster it is vital for women to use a moisturizer that will replenish the collagen we once had on our skin. A great option to use is the Murad Collagen Support Body Cream because it helps skin act younger by adding skin to attract water, binding water to the skin, and helping skin retain water.
Apply Vitamin C and Retin A Products
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and its role in collagen synthesis, make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical (above skin) ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help to prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage (skin damage).
Retin-A on the other hand, works by increasing cell turnover within the skin, stimulating collagen production, and exfoliating the top layers of skin to reveal, fresher younger-looking skin underneath. In addition to decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, it can prevent new ones from forming, fade discoloration and sun damage, reduce the risks of developing skin cancer and improve the skin’s texture and elasticity.
Use a Calcium Hydrixypatite Filler
At Orchidia Med Spa, we have the only FDA approved treatment to stimulate collagen and give you a youthful of appearance in your hands.
Dr. Young and Dr. Cuberos use Radiesse fillers that change the appearance of your hands after just one treatment, taking away a few years of age instantly.
Radiesse is a calcium Hydroxyapatite filler that gives you instant plumping of the skin and stimulates collagen production over the course of a few weeks. Even one treatment will restore volume loss, decrease visible veins and tendons, and provide a smooth natural look that can last over one year.
The procedure takes 15 minutes and there is no downtime; you can come and get the procedure during your lunch break. There is also mild to no discomfort as Radiesse is mixed with lidocaine (anesthetic).
For better results in the appearance of your hands Dr. Young and Dr. Cuberos may advise you to combine Radiesse with other procedures like Platelet Rich Plasma, VI PEEL and IPL laser treatments to enhanced the Radiesse results.
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What is Collagen? 7 Ways Collagen Can Boost Your Health. (2016, December 23). Retrieved from https://draxe.com/what-is-collagen/
W. (2017, March 24). How to Reduce Wrinkles With Retin A. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Wrinkles-With-Retin-A
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