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Reversing the Hands of Time: 4 Treatments for Ageing Hands

Hands are one of the first places to show ageing.

Generally, we don't really look after them well.

We wash them multiple times a day, we often skin moisturising them and I'd bet you NEVER apply SPF to them!?

If you’ve noticed crepiness, sun spots and more veins and tendons than usual, you’re not alone! These are all signs of ageing hands. Yup - we see lines and wrinkles on our faces and we know to get on Glowday to book an appointment with a practitioner, but what many people don’t realise is that even if our faces are looking fresh and line free, our hands might be giving our age away. So, what can you do about it? Well, here are four amazing tweakments to treat ageing hands…

Wait! How do you prevent ageing hands in the first place?

Ok, so you can never fully prevent ageing hands, but you can put it off. Like our skin elsewhere, our hands age as we get older, but because we tend to neglect them, they appear to age quicker than our faces. One thing you can do to slow down this process is use a good SPF. We generally focus on our faces waaaaay more than the rest of our bodies, and probably (hopefully) use an SPF of at least 30 every day as part of our skincare regimen. But we forget that our hands are so exposed to the sun and are just as at risk as anywhere else of skin cancer, sun damage and signs of ageing. So next time you reach for the sun cream, slather it on your hands too and make it part of your skincare routine.

It’s also important to stay hydrated and use a good moisturiser that will keep your hands lovely and soft. Anyway, if you’ve reached a point where your hands are showing your age, don’t despair - here are the tweakments you’ll want to take a look at.

1) Filler for hands

Filler? In your hands? Yep! Not just for the face or lips - filler is a bloody brilliant treatment. If you’re noticing signs of ageing on the backs of your hands, hyaluronic acid based filler might just be for you. So, how does it work? Well, an experienced (and we recommend medically qualified) cosmetic practitioner will inject small amounts of filler into the areas that need a bit of volume, and you’ll immediately be able to see the areas plumping out and smoothing out crepiness and disguising veins. And the great thing about filler is that it generally lasts between six and 12 months - though for some it can last even longer. So, saggy skin, be gone!

Want to know more about this marvellous treatment? Check out our filler guide!

2) Skiinboosters for hands

Profhilo (and other skinboosters) are an absolute dream treatment for giving our faces that hydrated, glowing look, but did you know it can also be used on the backs of hands? You can find out more about exactly what Profhilo is here but, essentially, it’s an injectable treatment, using pure hyaluronic acid, that is relatively runny when compared to fillers, which enables it to spread across a larger area. Profhilo is great for dry or dull skin and draws in water beautifully to hydrate and add brightness. Say goodbye to sagging, crepey skin, because Profhilo is here to boost collagen production and improve skin quality.

You can find out more about it in our Profhilo treatment guide.

3) Microneedling for hands

Microneedling, AKA collagen induction therapy, is an incredible treatment that works to combat or reduce fine lines and wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, large pores, pigmentation and even hair loss. When microneedling the hands, results include a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, but also, thanks to the treatment’s ability to build that all-important collagen and elastin, the skin on your hands will look plumper, firmer and rejuvenated. Your practitioner will use either a dermaroller or a microneedling pen to cause controlled, intentional damage to the skin on your hands (not as scary as it sounds, I promise!). For best results, you may need a course of treatments, but your skin will likely stay looking gorgeous for around three months.

You can find out more about collagen induction therapy in our brilliant microneedling guide.

4) Chemical peels for hands

If it’s age spots or sun damage you want to minimise, a chemical peel might be just what you need. They got a bad rap for a while (anyone remember that episode of Sex & the City?), but chemical peels are actually fabulous at reducing lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and those pesky age spots and sun damage. And they’re awesome at giving smoother, more even skin. It’s a speedy treatment and results last 4-6 weeks. Chemical peels generally use lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid or salicylic acid, and basically give the skin the most intense exfoliation of its life to create new epidermal growth and collagen production. Wooh! Your practitioner may suggest a course of treatments, but this is something they will discuss with you in your consultation.

Fancy learning more about chemical peels? Check out our fabulous treatment guide.

And there you have it. No reason for our hands to look any older than our faces anymore. Having these four tweakments to choose from will send our hands from crepey, veiny and age-spotted to gorgeously smooth, clear and wrinkle free in a jiffy - all without having to go under the knife! Oh, and don’t forget that all important SPF too!

If you fancy reversing the hands of time (ahem!), hop over to our super search tool to find a medically qualified practitioner in your area!

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