HAND AID: preservation treatments for your hands

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Faces are supposed to be ROADMAPS to the SOUL. But soothsayers and MYSTICS look to the PALMS of our hands to map out our lives. Hands are SYMBOLIC, even in the business world where, however much business people might scorn the arcane connotations, a HANDSHAKE is still a sign of good faith. From a cosmetic point of view, age spots, TEXTURAL changes, wrinkles and loss of fat PADDING all contribute to make hands a GIVEAWAY to a YOUTHFUL face. And at a recent meeting for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in San Diego the TOPIC under discussion was how new SURGERIES could be adapted to REJUVENATE them. Read on to hear about these and the most effective home treatments.

 

 

THE LATEST CLINICAL APPROACH

'Hand lifting' surgery doesn’t have much of a profile – not compared to lip or breast enhancement anyway. But it has picked up by 400% over the last three years, with more women asking for it usually following aesthetic work on their faces. Most in demand procedures include resurfacers that use chemical smoothers like tretinoin, lasers and mixed fillers (especially Q-Med and Restylane Vital) or fat transfers – all treatments once reserved for the face, but now used to lift hands too.

At buy-in level, skin texture can be improved on with a light chemical peel, using tretinoin or glycolic acid, or laser therapy. Where it has lost its plumpness and the backs of hands look deeply grooved around veins and bones, injectable fillers and lipo fat injections may be prescribed. Both demand commitment.

Fillers need no less than three sessions over six weeks and involve up to 30 injections per hand. Lipo transplants are injected under numbed skin – often at the wrists and massaged by the surgeon into the hollows from there – using fat harvested from elsewhere on the body.

While not necessarily prematurely aged, hands which look crepey, blotchy and resemble a deflated balloon have invariably got that way through sun exposure: most of us remember to put sun block on our faces and necks; but few put it on their hands. Once into the habit of applying sunscreen to the backs of your hands though this preventative step takes little effort and pays off in spades sooner than you think.

THE BEST HOME TREATMENT

What always works best for overtaxed hands is some simple TLC like this:

Moisturiser - rub thick, nourishing cream into the backs of your hands and wrists. Our favourites? Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream, Connock London Kukui Oil Nourishing Hand Cream and Ruth Mastenbroek Hand Cream.

Massage - do this gently around the fingernail bed with your hand cream or enriching wheatgerm or almond oils.

Exfoliation - do this gently too, using a crunchy scrub like Mitchell and Peach Kentish Cobnut Scrub, paying special attention to rough areas. After exfoliation, moisturise again.

Protect - don't forget to wear sunscreen: the backs of hands quickly form sun spots as like your face they are constantly exposed to UV rays, even when it's cloudy.