How To Get Younger Looking Hands?
How do you tell a woman’s age? Just look at her hands.
We spend most of our time taking care of our faces and our necks.
Now more than ever, there’s a focus on hands. You can blame the shift south from the face and neck on engagement season, or on the unavoidable nail-art selfies filling feeds everywhere. Either way, fists have been thrust into the spotlight. And why not? After all, faces get brighter and younger-looking with each coming season, thanks to evolving skin-care technology; there’s no time like now to commit to having the best-looking hands of your life.
“As we age, the veins in our hands appear more prominent as our skin gets thinner and loses its volume. This is due to fat and collagen depletion” explains Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic.
Here are 3 ways to age proof your hands.
1. Take 2 Years off
According to skin experts, up to 80% of ageing signs are due to environmental factors and sun exposure is one of the worst, which means it’s more important than ever to apply a sunscreen on sun-exposed areas such as the face and neck (after serum and moisturiser) and on your hands. Yep, really. To prevent redness, peeling, pigmented spots, wrinkles and rough skin in the years to come, your best bets are to avoid soaking up the sun as much as you can (sorry, beach bums) and to stock up on the SPF. If you’re prone to spots, choose a sunscreen that acts like a shield against the skin and is water-resistant as well. Our favourite? SW1’s Umbrella is a physical blocker that protects your skin up to 90 minutes in water!
Sure, you don’t see immediate returns on your investment with this one but you will be sure to thank us when you compare your baby soft hands with your peer’s leathery ones in a decade.
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2. Take 5 years off
Ok, so the damage is done. Your hands are closer to a leather birkin than a baby. Thankfully, lasers have come a long way, and with the introduction of Pico laser, sun spots and age spots marring your once flawless hands can now become a thing of the past. “Pico lasers work by shattering the clusters of pigment cells under your skin, breaking them up into tiny fragments which are then cleared by your body” explains Dr Low. A series of sessions is recommended for optimal results, according to doctors but even one session can do wonders to help your hands tun back the aging clock.
3. Take 10 years off
Hyaluronic acid gels or fillers as they are commonly known, are typically used for the face to improve the appearance of line and wrinkles, on the lips to restore the appearance of fullness or plumpness, and on the cheeks and chin to enhance definition on the face.
Because fillers work by enhancing your skin’s own stock of hyaluronic acid, directly adding volume to either soften the signs of aging or enhance your features, the procedure which takes less than 30 minutes, is gaining popularity to rejuvenating the appearance of aging hands characterised by thinned skin and protruding veins.
Hyaluronic acid has special formulas that are developed specially for skin rejuvenation and hydration, countering the effects of sun damage and the natural aging process of the skin. It improves skin elasticity, making the skin look hydrated and feel smooth to the touch. It is perfect for difficult-to-treat areas, such as the backs of hands. It diminishes the fine crepey lines caused by sun damage and the natural aging process and smooths the skin to give a plump and hydrated look. The benefits of a Hyaluronic acid treatment generally last for several months and can be maintained by repeated treatments once or twice a year.
“My patients are surprised at how easy the treatments are “ says Dr Low. “Patients are in for literally 30 minutes and walk away with smoother hands.”
Soft hylaluronic acid fillers are carefully placed on the hands which immediately plumps up the appearance of the hands. The filler works straight away to lift your skin naturally. These improvements continue over time as the filler further stimulates more collagen production. After 2 to 3 weeks, you will find that your skin is firmer with better texture, more hydrated, smoother, and more elastic.
That said, it is important to note that not all hyaluronic acid fillers are made the same. Some are not FDA-approved while others may not have the same longevity or safety profile of FDA-approved products. This may explain the difference in price, and most of all, results and safety profiles of the treatments. It is important not to compromise on quality when using injectables for your skin. Always ask to see the product packaging prior to starting treatment with your physician to ensure that you are receiving an FDA-approved product.
Different brands of dermal fillers have slightly different properties. Even within each brand, there are various ranges that will give slightly differing results. All of them have their unique benefits. “At SW1 Clinic, we believe that the key to an optimal outcome is to have a full armamentarium of high quality dermal fillers at your disposal. This way, the doctors at SW1 clinic can choose the most appropriate filler for your particular skin type, and aesthetic goal. Marrying that with meticulous skill and outstanding technique is the key to an unparalleled final outcome” says Dr Low.
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