Ensuring that your skin remains youthful, healthy and radiant is everyone’s dream but with age and lack of proper skin care comes wrinkles.
Fortunately, keeping your hands looking younger and free from wrinkles is as easy as practicing good skin care routines, lifestyle changes and use of skin care products such as creams to rejuvenate and replenish youthfulness to your hands.
With constant exposure to environmental damage such as the sun or extreme washing which leads to dehydration wrinkling accompanied by other symptoms of aging can show up as early as your 20s.
Causes of wrinkled hands
In order to properly care for your hands and prevent future wrinkling, it’s vital to understand the causes in order to implement the best treatment methods.
With age, our skin loses its ability to produce skin’s connective tissue (collagen and elastin) and natural oils(sebum) which causes the skin to become less elastic and dry.
Additionally, the skin thins out due to the decrease in the amounts of fat in the skin layers which causes the skin to become saggy.
Genes play a big role in wrinkling in terms of time and extremity of how an individual develops wrinkles.
Exposure to sun radiation
Exposure to Ultraviolet(UV) rays destroys the skin’s connective tissue (collagen and elastin) in the skin causing it to become less elastic and firm.
Exposing your skin to direct sunlight may cause wrinkling to occur at an early age.
smoking escalates the normal rate of aging of the skin which brings about wrinkles.
What are wrinkles? Symptoms of wrinkled hands
Wrinkles are basically lines and creases that occur on your skin. Some of the wrinkles can form deep crevices or furrows.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the signs and symptoms of wrinkled hands can begin as early as in your 20s and become worse with time.
Additionally, the genetic makeup of an individual plays a great role in increasing the susceptibility of some individuals to wrinkles. This means that these people will not early start developing wrinkles early but also more wrinkles.
In very few circumstances, “some people may be diagnosed with a genetic condition referred to as wrinkled skin syndrome which is characterized by the wrinkled skin on the soles of your feet and palm of your hand.”
Treatment for wrinkled hands
Treating and prevention of hand wrinkles are not as easy as you would want it to be. However just like any problem it has a solution which is dependent on lifestyle changes, home remedies or medical treatments.
Filler injections are the best initial treatment for hand wrinkles. This is because this treatment method involves using medical fillers such as Radiuse, Per lane, Scultra, Juvederm ultra plus among other wrinkle fillers to replenish the plumpness of your skin.
The procedure entails injecting the filler into the hand, massaging it across the back of your hand and fanning to ensure it fills out the whole area.
According to David Goldberg, MD, the director of skin laser and surgery in New York, results should be expected after a few weeks.
Experts suggest that this treatment usually lasts for 1-2 years especially because the back of the hand contains fewer muscles which equals to reduced muscle activities able to decompose the filler.
Additionally, they suggest that the filler injections provoke the body to produce natural connective tissues in the skin (collagen and elastin).
Risk factor associated with the use of medical filler include
Development of small lumps of the filler below the skin which will need surgery to get rid of, however, this is only theoretical.
Additionally, African Americans are advised to ensure that they get the treatment from a qualified professional who has experience with caring for ethnic skin as they tend form scar tissues known as keloids.
Fractional laser skin resurfacing
Fractional laser skin resurfacing wrinkle treatment involves the creation of miniscule pinholes under the skin which stimulates your body to produce collagen and elastin without causing any deep wounds, scarring or increasing the recovery time.
This procedure makes your skin appear younger by replenishing the skin’s basic support structure causing the wrinkles to disappear notes Ellen Marmur, MD, chief of dermatological and cosmetic surgery in New York City.
Risk factors associated with laser skin resurfacing
Studies indicate 7.5% of patients treated with this method mostly on the face developed temporary acne breakouts and topical reoccurrences of herpes simplex virus as well as scarring.
Additionally, dark-skinned patients are highly susceptible to start developing temporary inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Home remedies for wrinkle free-hands
Additionally, you can also try out some home remedies to replenish the youthfulness of your hands. However, when using these remedies patience is key, as the results take much longer to manifest.
Pineapples are acidic in nature; this acidity can help to remove wrinkles from your hands while vitamin c present in the fruit restores your skin tone.
All you need to do is massage pineapple juice or the pulp on your skin, leave for 10-20 minutes before washing it off with some cold water. This remedy can be used as often as possible to eliminate the formation of wrinkles as well as get rid of them.
Essential oils (olive, coconut, castor, sesame or almond oil)
essential oils are rich in vitamin E together with natural oils that nourish your skin and stimulate the production of wrinkles.
Apply some olive oil on the skin, and massage it for 10 minutes, leave on for the next 30 minutes before washing it off. Repeat this procedure as often as possible to prevent the formation of wrinkles.
Oatmeal and egg yolk mask
A mixture of 1-2 tablespoon of oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 egg yolk and olive oil makes a good exfoliating mask, moisturizing, nourishing and stimulation of the production of collagen to enhance the skin’s elasticity.
Apply the mixture on your hands and massage for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Ensure you apply a natural moisturizer after the procedure and repeat as often as possible to get the best results.
Tomatoes are rich sources of lycopene which is responsible for protecting the skin from ultraviolet rays. Additionally, it’s an anti-oxidant, therefore, tightens the skin.
You can either consume fresh tomato juice or fruit or apply some fresh tomato pulp on your hands. However, ensure you apply some moisturizer or sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
Aloe Vera contains malic acid which improves wrinkled crepe skin by increasing the skin’s elasticity.
Apply some aloe Vera gel extract from the plant on your hands or an Aloe Vera gel from the supermarket and leave for about 1 hour before washing it off.
Anti-wrinkle hand creams and serums
the best creams and lotions for wrinkled hands in the consumer market contain plant extracts which stimulate the skin to produce collagen.
According to the Journal of drugs in dermatology, approximately 80% of individuals between 30-60 years illustrated the improvement of wrinkled hands after using ‘growth based’ creams.
Some of these anti-aging creams include:
- SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex.
- Sycream by syprex.
- Neocutis Bio-restorative cream.
Additionally, incorporation of anti-aging hand moisturizing lotions that contain ingredients such as glycerin, shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E, and C are the best treatment for wrinkled hands notes Dr. Kimberly Butterwick, MD, A member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
- Nivea smooth indulgence hand cream.
- Terraline body lotion.
- Skin milk lotion.
- Eucerin plus intensive repair hand cream.
Always wear sunscreen
In order to keep your hands looking young, ensure that you apply some sunscreen every time you go out. The best sunscreen options are those that contain Mexoryl SX which protect you from UV rays associated with causing brown spots and wrinkling.
- Neutrogena healthy defense SPF daily moisturizer.
- Loreal Dermo expertise revitalift UV daily moisturizing cream with Mexoryl sunscreen SPF 15.
Tips to prevent wrinkling of hands
- Moisturize, cleanse and tone your hands on a daily basis.
- When doing household chores ensure that you put on gloves to protect your hands from dust.
- Minimize exposing your hands to direct sunlight by wearing sunscreen.
- Alter your lifestyle: stop smoking and minimize stress as these elevate the rate of aging.
- Incorporate simple workout routines to improve blood circulation in your body system