The hand makeover
Always on display and subject to much daily abuse, the delicate skin on our hands is difficult to protect and constantly battling against cold, heat and the sun. It’s no wonder they are often one of the first places to start showing the visible signs of ageing.
When it comes to beauty and aesthetics, there are a multitude of facial treatments, hydrating creams, sun protectors and wrinkle reducing serums available in shops and on-line. We naturally pay more attention to our face and neck area but our ageing hands are often overlooked.
The majority of people would consider a hand cream as the only means of protecting and maintaining the health of the skin on their hands. This is good practice – just make sure you are using a hand cream with a high sun protection factor. And remember that even on the coldest and darkest of days your hands are still exposed to the sun’s harmful and ageing rays.
Absolute Aesthetics are featured in the June edition of Good Housekeeping. Their ‘treatments on trial’ section includes the ‘hand makeover’ and outlines options on how to tackle ageing brown spots with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and disguise prominent veins and bones with dermal filler.
So, if you are already experiencing signs of dehydration, pigmentation and loss of laxity and volume to the hands – do not despair. There are some great hand makeover treatments available that can help you turn back the clock.
In the meantime, here are a few handy tips to keep your hands in tip top condition :
• Wear a high protection factor (SPF50) with UVA and UVB protection
• Wear gloves for household chores and gardening
• Eat Essential Fatty Acids to keep skin smooth (eg. salmon, sardines, nuts and seeds)
• Eat plenty of bright coloured fresh fruit and vegetables
• Drink plenty of water
• Keep your hands well moisturised
• Limit exposure to extremely hot water
• Massage your hands regularly
• Exfoliate your hands at least once a week
In order to decide which treatments are suitable, we always suggest that you meet with one of our practitioners who will have the chance to examine your hands and advise on a tailor made programme specifically for you.