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Ageing Hands

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What is it?

Hands are susceptible to the first signs of ageing and very often age even faster than the face. That’s because the skin on the back of the hand is much thinner than that on face. There is also very little fat on the backs of the hands, so when even a small amount of collagen or elastin fibres begins to break down – which is part of the normal ageing process and partly from sun exposure –  it’s going to have a noticeable impact on the hands.

What are the symptoms?

Wrinkly, crinkly crepe-like skin texture and the noticeable appearance of bulging veins, which also grow larger over time, are symptoms of ageing hands.

What are the causes?

There are three main factors that cause hands to age. The first factor is sun damage, the second factor is genetics, and the final factor is medication, with side effects of increased photo-sensitivity and atrophy or thinning of the skin.

What should you avoid?

Limiting sun exposure as a child and young adult will decreases the chances of aged hands. Using SPF protection on the hands will not only keep them moisturized and nourished but will protect them from harmful sun exposure. At home, using a dish-washing detergent with moisturizer while cleaning will prevent damage to the skin. Applying daily moisturizer for the hands is important to keep the skin hydrated.

Who is affected?

Ageing hands can affect anyone as it is a normal process of ageing. How soon it happens can vary according to the preventive measures one takes. The three main examples would begin with people who have over exposed themselves to the sun from a young age. Second example would be individuals who perform strenuous daily activityies using their hands, like construction workers, industrial workers, artists, writers, etc. Third example refers to people who neglect the hydration and protection of their hands, such as people who handle harsh cleaning material and do not cleanse and moisture their hands after.

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