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Tips For Winterizing Your Hands

Don’t let your hands give away your age! Fight the effects of cumulative sun damage, and daily wear and tear on your hands by keeping them protected from the environment and harsh chemicals.

Hands actually have fewer oil glands and get the most exposure to the elements – along with your face, neck and upper chest – which makes them especially prone to premature aging. Always exposed to the elements, your hands give away your age more than any other body part. Dermatologists agree that sun damage is the main culprit. Although hands start showing signs of aging by your late 20s, most women don’t zero in on it until their 30s or 40s. To prevent damage early, it is wise to upgrade your routine before the signs of aging hands appear.

The NEW ZO Skin Health Oraser Nourishing Hand Creme  was designed by Dr. Zein Obagi for universal usage, day or night, to help reduce the signs of aging in hands. Oraser contains powerful retinol enzymatic skin resurfacers to diminish lines and wrinkles, dry skin, brown spots that cause your hands to look older. With continued use, Oraser will work to break up existing pigmentation and sun spots, and prevent new pigment formation for a more even skin tone. It also stimulates exfoliation to improve rough texture and soften dry skin patches.

To restore hydration and replenish skin barrier function to dry hands, start at your pulse points, apply Oraser generously, smoothing into hands, wrists and cuticles so it gets absorbed. Reapply after washing hands and right before bedtime. If your hands are noticeably cracked and dry, try sleeping with a thick coating of Oraser under cotton gloves for greater absorption overnight. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, Oraser will help keep your hands well moisturized and protected.

Of course, no skin care program for your hands would be complete without adequate daily sun protection. Apply sunscreen – SPF30 – to the backs of your hands, and reapply as needed throughout the day if you will be outdoors. For best results, try the ZO Medical OCLIPSE-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. This innovative sunscreen formula is intended for the face and the body, and goes beyond conventional UVA and UVB protection with the addition of fractionated melanin that minimizes the damaging effects of HEV light. Powerful antioxidants will help protect your hands from free radical damage, and anti-irritants help to minimize irritation and reduce redness. This creamy formula also restore hydration and enhances the skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure.

SOS for Aging Hands

Do your hands give away your age? Exercise and diet keeps your body in shape, and proper skincare (along with peels and microdermabrasion) maintains facial tone and radiance, but when it comes to our hands, we often forget to give them the care and protection they deserve. But we should; along with crow’s feet, laugh lines, and sagging skin, spotted, wrinkled, and sinewy hands can age us. In fact, a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that most people can tell your age just by seeing your hands.

Aging hands show the signs of sun exposure and collagen breakdown just like aging skin on the face, hands, and chest. Because the skin on the hands tends to be very thin, sun damage takes its toll resulting in brown spots, slackening, and wrinkles. Plus with age, veins become more obvious—a further sign of aging.

But no need to fear, many options exist for turning back the hands of time; you just need to prioritize your main concern: bulging veins, brown spots, volume loss, thin skin, or slackening.

Discoloration, tone, and texture: Talk to your skincare professional about starting a series of chemical peels and/or intense pulsed light treatments (IPL). IPL addresses photoaging and sun damage and will lighten brown spots more and more with each additional treatment. If your spots are more highly pigmented, lasers can lighten them quickly and effectively. Generally for sun damage, non-ablative fractional laser devices like Fraxel® can dramatically reduce hyperpigmentation after one or more treatments. Healing takes about a week, but the redness and flaking you will experience won’t prohibit you from engaging in your daily activities. Skin tightening devices such as Pelleve® and Ultherapy® can also work wonders on hands to improve texture.

Thin skin, volume loss: Just as with lost volume in the face, injections and fillers such as Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic can work to improve the appearance of knotty veins and loose skin. Injections of fat from your stomach or hips can also bring a youthful plumpness back to your hands. Even Botox® and Dysport® can be used off-label to soften the appearance of enlarged veins.

Maintenance: Given the small surface area of the hands, chemical peels, IPL treatments, and lasers are fast and easy treatments, but as the aging process progresses you will need repeat sessions. Be sure to wear SPF every day of the year to maintain your skin improvement or, even better, delay the need for professional treatments. An anti-aging hand regimen should include broad spectrum SPF30, overnight renewal cream, and regular exfoliation.

The ZO® Skin Health quartet of Oraser® Topical treatments for hands works beautifully at home to maintain the youthful appearance of your hands.