• According to Dr. Lisa Chipps, your hands are actually the first part of your body to show serious signs of aging—a problem that starts as early as your mid-20s. In fact, by the time we’re 25, our hands start to reveal a maze of dark veins and liver spots, leaving a frail appearance that makes us look far older than we truly are.

    With the rising demand for forever-young skin, people are seeking aging-battlers to solve the dilemma.

    These tips recommended by Dr. Chips can be easily incorporated into your skin care regimen.

    1. Establish a regimen sooner rather than later:

    Your hands are the first part of your body to show serious signs of aging, and it’s a problem that can start as early as your mid-20s. Most patients don’t recognize signs of aging on their hands until their 30s or 40s, and the problem is that most people won’t start changing their routines until they notice those signs appearing.

    2. Sun/UV protection is by far the most important:

    It’s never too early to develop the daily habit of applying SPF on your hands. By using a broad-spectrum sunscreen you’ll cover UVA rays and prevent aging signs like brown spots.  Even in the car, slip on a pair of driving gloves for UV protection. If you’re getting your nails done—especially a gel manicure—always apply sunscreen before exposing your hands to the UV lamps.

    3. Lock in the moisture:

    Keeping your hands well moisturized with thick hand creams–particularly overnight–can keep the skin on your hands looking healthy and glowing. If you’re prone to hand dermatitis (redness, peeling, cracking skin), it’s a good idea to minimize prolonged contact with water.  In those cases, it’s best to replace frequent hand washing with hand sanitizer gels.

    4. Find the right products to prevent and repair:

    For thin skin, ask your doctor about prescription tretinoin to reduce signs of discoloration or uneven skin tone. To enhance the thickness and radiance of our hands, products like growth factor serums are highly effective. DNAEGF Renewal, a premier skincare line, includes a growth factor serum, along with other creams that not only thicken our skin, but also reverse DNA damage with repair enzymes.

    5. Explore your options for dermatologic procedures:

    Volume loss shows up as very prominent veins and ligaments, but can be easily repaired with injectable fillers, which replace lost subcutaneous fat. Lasers can also be used to thicken skin and to soften or remove brown spots. There are many laser treatments available, so it’s best to consult your dermatologist about what procedures might be best for you.

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    Article by: Dr. Lisa Chipps, MD, MS, FAAD

    Dr. Chipps is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with specialty in Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, laser skin treatments, liposuction, and general and cosmetic dermatology. She is licensed to practice medicine in California and Colorado. Dr. Chipps has a special interest in skin cancer education and prevention.  She has published numerous studies in journals and has done many presentations at scientific meetings related to her research in dermatology.

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