Raise your ‘hands’ if you’re excited!!!!!
When it comes to selfies these days, those pictures don’t just start and stop at your face. We’re seeing more and more hand selfies (plus a host of other selfies which I could take it or leave it… like Kim Kardashian butt selfies, I’m good)! Whether it’s a brand new engagement ring, your new wedding band, a beautiful new ring from your significant other, the best OPI color on your nails this season, plus a host of other reasons to showcase those gorgeous hands.
But, not everybody is willing to showcase their hands! According to my bestie who regularly comments on her ‘crypt-like creeper’ hands, I’ve actually taken photos of my hand with her new beautiful gorgeous wedding ring on it so she could share it with some friends & family! I of course willingly obliged because I could never turn down an excuse to wear a huge ass rock on my hand, but at the same time, it got me thinking that we need homegirl to be proud of her beautiful hands. (She did get a couple giggles because mind you, we are 25+ years apart)
So with Halloween on the brain and my besties coined ‘crypt-like creeper’ hands (which they’re really not, she has beautiful hands!), it makes for the perfect time to go over some treatment options to keep those hands looking fresh regardless of if you’re taking hand selfies or not.
Fillers can be a great option for folks who don’t prefer the look and feel of their veins or muscles. The skin on the back of the hands is extremely thin, so any loss of fat padding will be noticeable. The thinning of this fat barrier causes all the structures in the hand to become more visible — which means the tendons, bones and veins begin to protrude.
#CheekyConfidential Did you know that our hands actually get MORE sun than our face? I know that mine certainly do but I’m a lunatic when it comes to my hats.
When you consider using a filler, a professional will insert a hyaluronic acid based product into your hands and it will quickly fill in where the fat and collagen once was (results are immediate & will improve over a period of 2 weeks). Some fillers can last up to 2 years, while most last a year. So it can be a great investment for you to consider. I know that 1 syringe is typically around $600, so depending on your needs, you could be spending a pretty penny, but remember that it’ll last for a good long time!
Professional Chemical Peels
Just like you would a professional chemical peel but for your hands. A chemical peel is basically just a technique used to improve the appearance and overall condition of the skin – mainly for the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate & eventually peel off during the ‘healing phase’. This will allow for the new, regenerated skin to shine – typically looking smoother and less wrinkled than the older skin that just fell off!
Most chemical peels start at around $70-$150 so it’s an affordable way to get new skin.
A typical laser treatment is a procedure that directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat skin. It can target anything from dark spots to wrinkles. Whatever you’re little heart desires, it’s got you covered. When it comes to your hands, men and women typically experience ‘age spots’ that are not preferred. I personally think that laser treatment is the best options for those unwanted spots.
Recommended lasers to consider –
Lasers can cost anywhere from $400 or more. But if you do buy them in a package, you can typically save quite a bit of money. While results aren’t permanent per say, you’ll see great improvement that stays great! You’ll usually have 3-5 treatments every 4 to 6 weeks and you’ll be set.
^ Fraxle treatment before & after, compliments of About Face Skin Care
How to avoid prematurely maturing hands…
(and how to treat the hands you already know and love!)
- Apply sunscreen to your hands. Think of all the driving and walking you do outside. Your hands experience ‘aging’ just like any other part of your body.
- Apply all your same skincare products to your hands, especially during your nighttime routine.
- Though the light underneath the gel nail curing machine isn’t super dangerous, it does put your hands into an exposing situation every couple weeks. Make sure you apply sunscreen prior to getting your nails done or avoid it all together by doing the old fashion route.
- Wear gloves whenever you’re doing a house chore or otherwise chemically driven activity (even gardening). These products can be very drying.
- Apply a good vitamin C to your hands every night.
‘WHAT DOES VITAMIN C DO FOR YOUR SKIN? It attacks pigmentation and immediately lightens brown spots and acne scars, bringing radiance and balance back to skin.
KEY INGREDIENTS: Contains 20.5% pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and 72% black chokeberry, a special ingredient that stabilizes the high concentration of vitamin C to make sure skin remains hydrated and smooth.’
- Exfoliate your hands regularly.
- Use a hand mask just like you would use a face mask.
- Moisturize like it’s your job.
- Consider a more regular at-home glycolic peel.
Dr. Gross AlphaBeta Peel (can be used on face and hands)
‘Achieve smooth, beautiful skin in two minutes with no recovery time. Dr. Dennis Gross’ iconic renewing peel is an easy and safe at-home version of peels he uses on patients at his NYC practice.’
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