While most people have a dedicated skincare routine to keep looking youthful and fresh, our hands are often overlooked.
And with regular exposure to the sun, it’s no surprise the hands are one of the first places to show visible signs of ageing.
But there are several in-clinic treatment options to help you make your hands look more youthful. In this article, we’ll explore the 4 best anti-ageing hand treatments.
Why Do My Hands Look Older Than My Age?
The hands age in the same way as the skin on your face. The body produces less collagen over time, and the skin can start to appear dry and dull.
Hands often show ageing before other areas because the skin is very delicate and thin. Unfortunately, many people also neglect their hands when it comes to sun protection.
Exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays is one of the leading causes of skin ageing. Some studies state that sun exposure is responsible for 80% of visible signs of ageing in the skin.
What Do Ageing Hands Look Like?
Very little fat is under the skin, so the hands appear to age faster than in other areas. There are several common symptoms of ageing hands, including:
Sunspots are flat, brown patches that are caused by sun exposure. While most people experience these skin discolourations on their hands when they reach 50+ years, many younger people develop sunspots due to UV exposure.
The skin becomes laxer when the hands lose elasticity and can develop a crepey texture. The number one cause of this type of hand ageing is sun exposure.
Fat and volume loss in the hands can cause veins to become much more prominent. The skin also becomes thinner and more transparent, making veins appear more noticeable.
The skin’s natural barrier becomes less effective at locking in moisture as we age. This can leave the hands more vulnerable to damage from irritants and result in dry and cracked skin.
Can You Reverse Ageing Hands?
If your hands are showing sun spots and other signs of ageing, you should consider the treatment options that can help you regain your youthful skin. Most require no downtime and can be performed in less than an hour in clinic.
Here’s a rundown of the best anti-ageing hand treatments.
1. Fillers for Hands
Biostimulator fillers are highly effective at restoring lost volume and making the hands look younger and smoother. A single treatment can make your hands look more rejuvenated.
The treatment works by injecting a biostimulator filler product into the areas where volume loss is causing visible signs of ageing. The filler can soften the ridges between tendons and reduce the appearance of veins.
Biostimulator fillers stimulate new collagen and elastin production to make the skin appear smoother and more even-toned. Because of this ongoing collagen boost, biostimulator fillers require fewer top-up treatments than hyaluronic acid-based fillers.
Results from a single treatment can last up to 12-18 months.
2. Laser Resurfacing for Hands
Laser Skin Rejuvenation for the hands is one of the best treatments to reduce the appearance of sunspots and other visible signs of ageing.
The procedure uses laser energy to tighten and tone the skin by accelerating cell turnover and stimulating new collagen production. Tired and dull skin is replaced with healthy, new skin cells.
Most people require 4-6 sessions to achieve their desired results. However, you’ll notice an improvement after each session, with skin appearing fresher and more vibrant.
3. Beauty Booster for Hands
The Beauty Booster is a powerful hydrating hand rejuvenation treatment. A unique formula of dermal filler, vitamins, and other active ingredients are injected into the hands and along wrinkles lines to refresh and revitalise the skin.
A 30-minute session can replenish the skin’s natural moisturising properties, making the hands appear well-hydrated and more youthful.
Most people require 3 sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart to achieve their desired results. Your hands will appear smoother and more even-toned after each session.
4. IPL for Hands
IPL Skin Rejuvenation uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to target sunspots and other hyperpigmentation on the hands. The light energy is attracted to the dark pigmentation, leaving healthy skin tissue undamaged. Lesions and sunspots are broken down so the body can naturally remove them.
IPL also has a collagen-boosting effect. While removing blemishes and redness, IPL can also rejuvenate the skin, so the hands appear healthier and more youthful.
In a 2016 clinical study, IPL treatment results for sunspots were graded as “Excellent” in 45.3% of patients.
For many people, only a couple of sessions are required to achieve optimal results from IPL. For larger areas of hyperpigmentation, you may need a series of 3-5 sessions to achieve desired results.
How To Make Hand Rejuvenation Results Last Longer
There’s no way to stop the ageing process. But there are things you can do to make the results of anti-ageing hand treatments last longer, including:
One of the easiest ways to take care of your hands and keep them looking younger is to apply moisturiser regularly. Keeping the skin hydrated can slow down ageing and improve overall skin quality.
Renaissance Night Cream + is a super-effective anti-ageing product for the hands. Containing retinol and niacinamide, it hydrates the skin overnight, so it looks rejuvenated during the day.
Protecting your hands from harsh soaps and other chemicals that can dry the skin is also important. Use a mild hand soap and always wear gloves when using cleaning products.
You should regularly exfoliate your hands, just like your face and body. The easiest way to do this is to use your body scrub to moisturise your hands when in the shower.
Exfoliation removes the excess oil and dead skin cells from your hands to combat dry and dull skin. Always apply a moisturiser after exfoliating to help your skin recover lost moisture.
Protecting your hands from the sun’s UV rays is the most important thing you can do to combat ageing. So make sure you apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to your hands daily.
It’s important to remember to apply sunscreen when outdoors and when you’re driving or exposing your hands to the sun through windows.
Like every other organ in your body, the skin is affected by your lifestyle choices and diet. If you eat an unhealthy diet, your skin and nails can become dry, dull, and crack easily.
A balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can help you keep your hands and nails healthy on the inside and the outside.
Your practitioner will usually recommend a follow-up treatment several weeks or months after your initial anti-ageing procedure.
Some treatments require maintenance sessions more often than others. The timing will also depend on your unique skin concerns.
It’s important to attend these maintenance sessions to keep your hands looking more youthful.
Book a Free Consultation at B Clinic
The best way to determine which anti-ageing hand treatment is right for you is to book a consultation with one of our cosmetic doctors here at b clinic. We’ll provide a tailored treatment plan based on an assessment of your skin concerns and your desired results. Book a free consultation today.