Along with the eyes and neck, your hands are one of the first areas to start displaying the telltale signs of ageing. It also doesn’t help that your hands are on full display most of the time, meaning others can easily notice changes in their appearance. Yet as we age, the fat and collagen in the back of our hands diminish, resulting in thin, translucent and crepey skin that is more prone to developing wrinkles and age spots.
Sun exposure plays a significant role in the ageing process. It’s been scientifically proven that UV radiation contributes to premature ageing by degrading collagen and inducing oxidative stress (imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage). Our hands are often not protected as well as other areas of skin and are constantly exposed to harsh elements. This is a major reason why your hands may give away your true age or can even make you look older.
Lifestyle habits also contribute greatly to the premature ageing of our hands. For one, we’re all washing and sanitising our hands a lot more than we used to. This frequent washing, coupled with the fact that our hands have fewer sebaceous glands, can have the unintended consequence of disrupting the skin’s pH and stripping away natural oils. Often the result is dryness, sensitivity and flare-ups in inflammatory skin conditions.
Despite the many advancements in cosmetic skincare and aesthetics practices, hand rejuvenation has been neglected. We seek to fix this! At Dr Aesthetica, we specialise in a variety of professional treatments for ageing hands. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, there are several options available. Book a virtual or in-person consultation today. We’ll help you find the right treatment plan!