This is not the first story I have told you about taking care of your hands as part of the effort in being a YOUNGER YOU, but today's blog is a little more of a personal story. I recently realized I am not practicing what I teach, or being a product of my products!
In April 2016, I did a blog hands-down-your-hands-can-tell-your-age.html which stressed how your hands can be a give away on your age. Recently, I was out to dinner with one of my best friends from college and my daughter. We were talking about our diamond engagement rings since my daughter was recently engaged. In extending our hands to the middle of the table, I was not thrilled how crepey, dry, and thin skinned my hand looked and closed my fingers to hide it.
A few weeks later, I had a random yet fun mini Facebook reunion with my high school friends. One of my girlfriend classmates posted a picture of her class ring. I raced to my jewelry box to send back a picture of my ring, and once I again, I noticed my hands looked old and dry in the picture.
One reason my hands are so dry is that as a physician, I wash my hands a lot. Plus, for all of us, our hands get as much exposure to the elements as our faces. We forget to slather them with SPF daily. And yes, as I have taught in my blog ouch-my-daughter-got-a-sunburn.html even in the winter, you should be adding SPF to all exposed areas, including the hands, and reapplying it regularly.
What are some other practical tips to "take time off your hands"? Weekly manicures are nice, but that is time consuming and expensive. Pampering yourself with a paraffin (hot wax dipping) treatment at the salon, spa or even at home makes your hands feel fabulous, but it won't reverse aging changes of your hands. There is the old fashioned remedy of applying Vaseline or thick moisturizer, and then applying white cotton gloves while you sleep. Again, who has time to do that?
Once again, Drs. Rodan + Fields came up with a skin care regimen for the hands to battle and prevent the signs of aging. There are 2 products, called REDEFINE Hand Treatment Regimen that can be purchased together. Click dryoungeryou.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/AAHR001.
The products are also sold separately. The first one is called REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment. Click dryoungeryou.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/AAHC050. It is a hydrating formula that replenishes the skin's natural moisturizing factors in order to improve elasticity and resilliency, while skin brighteners visibly even skin tone and appearance.
The second product is called REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm
Click dryoungeryou.myrandf.com/Shop/Product/AAHB030. It is a multi-tasking balm applied to the backs of the hands to visibly reduce brown spots and firms the skin with pure Vitamin C plus contains Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection with patented SHIELD technology.
There are other high maintenance interventions for your hands as well, including laser treatments and short acting or long acting injectable fillers that can be done in the dermatologist's or cosmetic surgeon's office. Not only are these interventions highly expensive, it requires time off work and usually a series of laser treatments, or repeat injections. Ouch, I bet that has to hurt a bit, since the hands are highly innervated.
In conclusion, I decided to order the R + F Hand treatment regimen to do my own BEFORE and AFTER trial! I will do a follow up blog and post BEFORE and AFTER pictures so that I remain consistent with using the regimen!
Here's to Good Health and Much Happiness,
Your Friend Dr. Younger You :)
PS I learned today that crepey can be spelled crepey or crepy!