Ageing hands undergo various changes that can affect their appearance and functionality.
This condition is often a result of natural ageing processes and environmental factors which involve a combination of various associated concerns, including:
Wrinkles and fine lines – as we age, the skin on the hands loses collagen and elastin fibres, leading to thinning and reduced elasticity. This results in the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and creases.
Age spots (liver spots) – prolonged sun exposure over the years can lead to the accumulation of melanin, causing the appearance of dark, flat spots on the skin. These are commonly referred to as age spots or liver spots.
Thinning skin – reduced production of oils and fats beneath the skin’s surface can lead to thinning of the skin on the hands. This can make the hands appear more veiny and fragile.
Loss of subcutaneous fat – with age, the layer of fat beneath the skin diminishes. This can result in a bony appearance, particularly around the knuckles and joints.
Vein visibility – thinning skin and decreased subcutaneous fat can make veins more visible, giving the hands a more aged appearance.
Dryness – age-related changes in the skin’s lipid barrier and decreased oil production can lead to increased dryness and rough texture.
These changes are primarily attributed to intrinsic ageing processes, genetics, and environmental factors like sun exposure. To mitigate these effects, it’s essential to protect the hands from excessive sun exposure, maintain a balanced diet, and use moisturiser and sunscreen regularly.
This can be further supported through the use of suitable skincare (Bank Medispa use Skinceuticals) and in-clinic treatments such as Profhilo and HarmonyCA which help to improve the condition of the skin by strengthening its inner structure, increasing collagen production and boosting hydration. SkinPen microneedling can also be used on the hands to improve their overall texture and tone.