Apart from the skin around your eyes and neck, your hands are also among the first areas to show signs of aging. Daily wear and tear, as well as constant exposure to the sun, wind, rain, and water, makes them age faster than other body areas. Age spots, wrinkles, and dry skin can give your hands an older appearance.
Why are the hands susceptible to early signs of aging?
While age-related changes on your hands can appear at the age around 40, they can also appear sooner. This is especially true if you neglect your hands or don’t take any measure to protect them from harsh elements. Here some of the other reasons why your hands are prone to aging:
- The skin on your hands is thinner than other areas of the body.
- The hands are constantly exposed to environmental elements.
- The hands are sometimes neglected when applying sunscreen.
- Daily habits like frequent hand washing, cleaning, and washing the dishes can dry out the hands and set them for aging.
- Volume loss happens with aging, which then causes the skin on your hands to look thinner and feel fragile.
What are the signs of aging on the hands?
Your hands may also exhibit signs of aging that occur on the face and other parts of the body. These include:
- Age spots – These develop on areas of the body that are constantly exposed to the sun such as your face and hands. Age spots can darken or grow in size due to aging and more sun exposure.
- Wrinkles or wrinkly skin – Aging and sun exposure are among the primary causes of wrinkles on the hands. These can develop because of collagen loss, which can be due smoking, UV ray exposure, and aging.
- Dry, scaly skin – This is common with age, but can also be due to other things like poor diet, sleep deprivation, smoking, and poor circulation. You may also notice rough and scaly patches on the skin if you have fair skin and spent lots of time in the sun.
- Visible veins – Thinning skin on the hands can cause the bones and veins to show through. Also, as the hands lose their youthfulness, the veins become more visible and the skin begins to develop a crepe-like texture.
- Loose skin and roughness – A decline in the production of collagen and elastin can cause the skin to lose its elasticity. Our skin, furthermore, retains less water with aging, causing it to become dry and feel rough.
- Dry, brittle nails – Without enough moisture, your nails can become dry and brittle. These can also happen with age and can be aggravated by frequent washing, dry heat, and low humidity.
How can we help?
Are you bothered with wrinkles, age spots, dry skin, and other signs of aging on your hands? We at Cutis Laser Clinics are here to help. We provide a number of medical aesthetic treatments that can treat or improve these concerns. We have injectables and laser procedures that can help your hands look younger.
Your individualized treatment plan, depending on various factors such as your acceptable social downtime, your expected time frame and budget, will be explained in detail during your consultation with our Harvard trained Medical Director, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez.