This month I helped Tatler 'stick two fingers up at ageing hands.'
Below are some of my most handy top tips.
- Forget if you are a washer or a walker, the real question is are you a soap washer? Frequent washing of your hands with soap will lead to chronically dry hands. So wash your hands of soap cleansers, not with them!
- Use a pH balanced moisturising cleanser to wash your hands and remember to regularly apply hand cream with broad spectrum protection, such as our Double Duty Hand Cream or apply any excess face sun protection cream, like our Secret is Out Lifting SPF15 Day Cream.
- Many facial skincare products can also be used on the hands. Our cleansers can be used to wash your hands. Either our Hydrating Foaming Cleanser, or Secret is Out Lifting Cream Cleanser, if your hands are very dry. Excess facial creams can also be applied to your hands, try our Secret is Out Lift & Repair Night Cream
- Sun damage and pigmentation are big problems for hands, but lasers are a great treatment option. If a person has a few spots that are benign I will use the Ruby or Alexandrite Laser.
- If there are dark patches and early crinkling (crepiness and wrinkling) I will then use the Fraxel Dual Laser, this combines two wavelengths; one to lighten and one to tighten.
- Sun spots can come back, and often in the same place. Sunlight damages the dermis deep down, and this continues to produce irregular cells. So use the Double Duty SPF15 Hand Cream over the Super Light Skin Tone Perfector Cream in the day, and I may prescribe a prescription retinoid gel at night.
- Harder to tackle in hands is loss of volume. Skin loses subcutaneous fat and collagen as we age; this allows tendons and veins to become more visible, which in turn make the hands look more aged.
- Fillers can offer a helping hand. They can plump up, smooth out, hydrate and improve the skin's appearance.
- The skin ages faster on the hands due to daily exposure to chemicals, smoke and most importantly, UV rays, which even penetrate through the car window when driving! It is very important to keep your hands fully moisturised and protected all year round, and it is never too late to start caring for them as the skin has excellent capacity for repair.
Give your hands the same TLC you give your face and you'll be waving goodybe to aged hands in no time.