You are so on it! You are cleansing your skin twice daily with a SmartProfile, using your growth factor/peptide complex, wearing and reapplying your SPF 30 all day long, using a retinol every night and getting Botox every 3 months. Why is it that people can still guess your age with painful accuracy?
They are looking at your hands!! Those hard working, often washed, UV exposed, reliable appendages you have neglected to address in your daily skin rejuvenation regimen.
How are your hands giving you away?
1. Age spots– Just as with your face, those spots on the back of your hands are the result of sun/UV exposure. As you do with your face and décolleté, you should apply an SPF 30 (hand) lotion before you head out driving to work or running errands. Reapply after every hand washing or every two hours of light exposure. At SkinMD, we like a night time treatment with a growth factor/peptide complex plus a retinoid or lightening/bleaching formulation depending on the extent of UV damage. Improvement can be accelerated and made long lasting by combining topical treatments with treatments like fractional laser resurfacing, non-invasive laser collagen stimulation, dermal filler injections or intense pulsed light treatments, depending on the extent and density of hand pigmentation, laxity.
2. Scaly, thin skin that is showing your blood vessels and ligaments – Loss of supportive soft tissue and depletion of collagen and elastin production as we age is the culprit. SkinMD recommends a prescription retinoid to improve the texture of your skin, and to induce collagen production. More effective than any OTC retinol, Refissa and Retin-A are the best tolerated by our patients. For rapid improvement of rough skin texture and laxity, we recommend Bellafill or Radiesse injections combined Vibraderm Hand Treatments, peel series or light fractional resurfacing.