Some of the best anti-aging hand jobs to consider

[By Alicia Liu]

In the Hollywood classic “Gone with the Wind”, there’s a famous scene in which Scarlett O’Hara cleverly transformed some old drapes into a ‘new dress’ and goes into Atlanta with a mission to coerce Rhett Butler into helping out the taxes on Tara. Mesmerized, all went well till our dashing hero grabs her hands. “What have you been doing with your hands? You’ve been working with them like a field hand!” he exclaims. You see, much like Nicki Minaj’s anaconda hips, hands don’t lie. The lines on your palms might not reveal your true destiny my galfren, but the appearance of your hands can certainly give away a woman’s true age. For a large majority of women, despite meticulous care to their faces, they’re not paying much attention to their hands until things get to that critical point when they start to look bad. If you don’t want your paws to betray your skin sins and sabotage all the investments you had made to keep others second guessing your age, here are some of the best anti-aging hand jobs you should consider before the situation gets out of hand!

2886Do not neglect sun protection

As with the skin over the rest of our body, the biggest culprit that ages you is the sun. Everybody should be entitled to life’s little pleasures including a spot of eternal sunshine, but we got to be aware of its toll on our bodies, hands not spared. Many hand creams actually contain SPF though most are only about 15. It is perhaps wise to put on a more heavy-duty layer especially when you’re outdoors during the warmer months of summer. If the sticky sensation and sheen of white is putting you off sunblock use, get round this with the Sloane Inc Ultralite Clear Finish Sunscreen SPF50. Offering water- and perspiration-resistant mega-protection for all skin types, the super lightweight formula of this chemical soleil repellent hero forms a breathable shield to safeguard vulnerable complexions from both burn-causing beams and wrinkle-inducing rays with a multi-filter sunscreen complex. Natural botanicals and potent plant-extracts further nourish, brighten and help defend against sun-related stress to keep your hands smooth, soft and blemish free.

2885Exfoliating for skin renewal

Exfoliation is perhaps one of the simplest yet effective ways to keep your hands tender and lovely for as long a period of time as possible. Experts recommend exfoliating them about once a week to slough off dead cells, which also ensures better product penetration for whatever lotions and creams you’re putting on afterwards. For hands in need of more help, a fuss-free professional chemical peel is a fairly inexpensive investment with big returns. By utilizing a wide variety of unique formulations, your doctor is able to select single or combination recipes to suit your skin type and needs and according to the amount to skin exfoliation you can tolerate. The naturally occurring “fruit acids” in chemical peels will remove dead skin cells from the stratum corneum of skin’s surface to allow the younger, healthier cells beneath to come through, allowing your skin to glow with radiance, with a smoother texture to boot.

2884Erase me beautiful

Age spots or sun spots otherwise known as solar keratoses are caused by the formation of excess pigment accumulated over many years of unprotected sun exposure. These hyperpigmented skin lesions are often repulsive looking and can make the skin look older than what it really is.Vitamin C is one of the most potent brightening antioxidants in your skin-care arsenal, which means it should make its way to your hands as well. Sloane Inc DermaBoost Pure Vitamin C is a professional-grade, high-potency, pure vitamin C that goes above and beyond brightening to deliver skin clarity and correct uneven skin tone for transformative, visible results. By simply adding a tiny spatula of this easy-to-use vitamin C powder to your hand cream, you can help boost your skin health and radiance instantly.If these ingrained age-graffiti spots are way too stubborn for topical treatment to deal with, it’s time to call the shots with lasers to the rescue. The Pigment Laser is gentle yet effective option in spot removal of targeted lesions and addresses uneven skin discolouration at the same time. As with all lasers, there is always a period of skin recovery post-treatment. Even though the surface skin is not broken by the pigment laser, you need to be gentle and avoid excessive sun exposure while your skin is recovering to avoid repigmentation. Also, finding a trained and reputable doctor to perform your laser procedure is very important to maximise safety. Alternatively, the Fraxel Restore non-ablative laser system can be engaged to provide ultimate skin rejuvenation and renewal, to help restore lost youthfulness to a pair of crepey, sun damaged hands.

2883Optimizing moisture levels

Combating the aging hand syndrome may take more than a dollop of hand cream but something as basic as that does make a fair bit of difference in the long run. Because the skin over our hands is thinner with fewer oil glands to begin with, they can quickly become dry and this will only worsen with age. The American National Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the regular use of a hand lotion rich in emollients like ceramide and phospholipids which replace intracellular lipids in the skin; humectants like hyaluronic acid which attract water to the skin; and occlusives like shea butter and silicone which retain water and help to hydrate, nourish and smoothen skin.

As we age, our hands may experience substantial volume loss as there’s not as much subcutaneous tissue hereto support the surrounding structures especially so if you’re thin to begin with. Hands get hollow-looking, and veins and tendons become more prominent, undoubtedly worsened by overlying thinned out, crepey skin. For shriveled, witchy hands desperately seeking out an oasis, Revitalift is a novel injection technique whereby minute quantities of deeply nourishing natural hyaluronic acid fillers are carefully placed beneath the skin over the dorsum of hands to provide deep tissue hydration and to raise the skin level so that tendons, joints and veins lose their undesirable prominence. Before you clasp on your Cartier love bracelet or slip on your collection of Dior Joaillerie rings, make sure you slot yourself in for a series of Revitalift hands, to re-plump and replenish volume to optimal levels for an enviable youthful pair of paws to better showcase your precious sparklies….

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