Anti-ageing hand creams
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, $9.95 for 30ml
NIVEA Anti Age Q10 Plus Hand Cream, $6.95 for 100ml
The Chemistry Brand Intense Youth Complex, $35 for 100ml
Sunscreen for your hands
Paula’s Choice Resist Ultimate Anti-Aging Hand Cream SPF 15, $22
Innoxa One & All Anti-Age Hands SPF 15, $4.95
Natio Wellness Hand Cream SPF15, $9.95
Priori Advanced AHA Hand and Body Revitalizing Lotion, $69
Skin Republic Hand Repair, $7.99
Dermalogica Age Smart MultiVitamin Hand and Nail Treatment, $38.50 for 75ml
Sephora Collection Argan Hand Mask, $6
Alpha-H Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Care Cream, $39
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treats hyperpigmentation, sun damage and broken capillaries. It works by using light, not laser, on a targeted spot. The light converts to heat which damages the specific cells which creates a wound on the surface of the skin. The body then heals this scab and you are left with normally pigmented skin.
Fraxel lasers work by breaking down a very small and controlled part of the skin cells, which then activates collagen growth and makes cells rebuild. This laser can be used on your hands to improve skin texture, and reduce the appearance of sun damage. Treatments are usually quick and don’t require much recovery time. Skin usually appears red and might be inflamed after the procedure (like sunburn), but this reaction goes away usually a day later.
A carbon dioxide (CO2) fractional laser can be used on your hands to tighten and reduce scarring. A CO2 laser works by removing a thin top layer of skin and heating the collagen underneath to stimulate production. Patients usually require fewer treatments than compared to a Fraxel laser, but this option might require more healing time as there may be flaky skin.
Dermal fillers are used to plump up the back of hands and hide obvious veins. This is a more non-invasive treatment option with immediate results and minimal healing. There are different types of fillers, but you will need to ask your doctor which type is right for you. All fillers are different so some questions to ask include: how long will this type of filler last, what is its viscosity (formula consistency), and will it stimulate collagen production?