In Miami, long-term sun exposure is the bane and proven enemy of young-looking hands.
Years of sun exposure make the skin of the hands look blotchy, freckled, riddled with age spots, thinner, loose, and leathery. Unfortunately, while many people apply sunscreen regularly to the face, the hands are often forgotten. Dermatologists refer to the cumulative damaging effects of sunlight on the skin as “photoaging.” While there are benefits of brief sun exposure – Vitamin D3 absorption, for example – the risks of overexposure include premature aging, mutagenic changes in the skin, and skin cancer.
The sun’s ultraviolet light quickly breaks down collagen and blocks collagen reproduction. Without the constant renewal of this natural skin moisturizer the hands appear thinner and drier and lack elasticity.
Most people, on average, go outside about 8 to 12 times each day. Depending on the complexion of your skin, even a few minutes of exposure can cause changes in the skin. Moreover, the first signs of sun damage usually show up on the hands. In sun-drenched Miami, people in their 20s already have signs of photoaging. But when the sun damage has been done, your best option is to talk to an experienced and qualified dermatologist about hand rejuvenation.
There are many effective treatments available today including topical creams such as DW Retinol Intensive or Retinol-Lite that repair sun damage, erase age spots and stimulate collagen production. Topical antioxidants and growth factors prevent and counteract photodamage and rejuvenate collagen production. Cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion, intense pulsed light (IPL), eMatrix™ resurfacing, Fraxel re:pair resurfacing, chemical peels (Vitalize and Glycolic peels), and injectable fillers (Radiesse) are more options. To learn more about available options in hand rejuvenation, contact renowned South Florida dermatologists Drs. Diane Walder, Cynthia Golomb and Stacy Chimento today at (305) 866-2177.