Most of us would spend half our lives and a tidy sum on protective and anti-aging skincare products for our face, but how many of us remember to care for our hands?
Notwithstanding, our hands are often the most common parts of the body that undergo stress and exposure to the elements– in our daily functions, in frequent handwashing, etc. Furthermore, the skin on the back of our hands are thin and easily loses its elasticity, ending up looking wrinkled and old. Brr…
Preventive care is very important– moisturisers and sunblock tops the list. (FYI, please see: Do your hands betray your age?) However, if the damage has already been done, what should you do?
Well, firstly, it is not too late to start your essential creams– moisturise, moisturise, moisturise and block out UV rays!
There are many beauty products in the market that claim to have breakthrough ingredients that turn back the hands of time. You can try those, for whatever benefit they bring. Most of them are for the face, but who is to say you can’t use it for your hands as well?
There are also certain medical treatments you can try. For one, you can use fillers to plump up the back of your hands e.g. Restylane Vital. For results that take longer to show but lasts longer as well, skin rejuvenation with lasers or radiotherapy may be your choice– they stimulate collagen synthesis and production to replump the skin of your hands. (There are too many in the market to name.)
Age spots on your hands, or even your arms, are a dead giveaway. Do not forget to treat them too! Topical whitening creams e.g. Triluma may help over a period of weeks to months. Other effective topical depigmentation treatments are also available in salons and clinics nowadays and they usually involve some form of chemical peeling, or even mechanical peeling. One such treatment I’ve heard of is the Obagi Blue Peel for the hands and arms. It’s a form of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel. Pigment lasers such as the Q-switched ND:Yag laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy works very well to remove liver spots too.
My favourite form of treatment for prevention and cure? The Q-switched ND:Yag laser. Almost no downtime, minimal pain and effective results. It’s especially good an option if you’re starting young. I believe it’s gonna prove to be my pet treatment for a long time to come.