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November 6, 2020

Want More Youthful-Looking Hands? Here’s How

Esteemed medical doctors share their effective tips for softer, smoother, more supple, younger-looking hands.


As far as beauty routines go, most of us focus on what we see in the mirror. We cleanse, tone, moisturize, and even exfoliate or use a mask every now and then. But what about our hands? They normally take a beating, but repeated and prolonged hand-washing and using alcohol-laden sanitizers can leave hands looking haggard and parched. 


tips for softer, smoother, more supple, younger-looking hands
Effective tips for softer, smoother, more supple, younger-looking hands / Hand photo created by Racool_studio


Our hands are front and center every day, and if you talk with yours and gesture a lot, you may have noticed that they’re not looking as young as they once did. Truth be told, hands age faster than other areas of the body, and you can blame that on several things. 


Decreased Collagen Production And Too Much Sun


Our hands contain fatty tissue, but aging causes collagen production to drop – hence, those bony, skeletal-looking hands.  According to Stanford Educated Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio, “With intrinsic volume loss of skin that is thin to begin with, tendons and veins become more visible, resulting in aged-looking hands.” 


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Even if you’re a sunscreen devotee, chances are you don’t reapply as often as you should, especially to your hands. Dr. Andrew T. Cohen, the Clinical Chief of Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Plastic Surgery Division, explains that “Our hands are subjected to the sun while driving, walking, etc., [causing them] to age faster.” Sunblock,” he says, “is essential as is hydration” because moisture loss also causes the veins on the hands to “stick out.”


Dr. Andrew T. Cohen
Dr. Andrew T. Cohen, the Clinical Chief of Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Plastic Surgery Division


Topicals and Intravenous Treatments


While nightly scrubs, vitamin C serums, and heavy moisturizers can improve your skin’s texture and appearance somewhat, a visit to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will usually yield far better results. Non-prescription hydroquinone, a skin-lightening agent, has a controversial history and has even been banned in the UK, so it’s best to seek professional guidance before trying to tackle discoloration on your own. 


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AZN Labs Afterglow Ampoule ($150)/ Samples available




Dr. Tess prefers serum formulas because they penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. “We recommend a non-hydroquinone skin lightening agent containing retinol, alpha arbutin, hexylresorcinol, and licorice root extract. I also believe in systemic antioxidants to help protect skin cells from within, so we offer IV glutathione and Vitamin C antioxidant treatments.” 


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Restorsea Retexturizing Body Butter ($120)





Cosmetic Rejuvenation For Hands Is On The Rise


While the majority of people seeking hand rejuvenation treatments have already undergone a surgical procedure for the face, neck, or chest, requests for hand-related improvements are becoming more mainstream. Dr. Tess has seen an uptick in requests as well and credits the increase to safer, more effective treatments. 


Dr. Tess Mauricio
Stanford Educated Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio


Treatments For Roughness, Wrinkles, Dark Spots, And Volume Loss


For every concern, there is a treatment. If you want to eliminate roughness, sun damage, or age spots, known as actinic keratosis, laser treatments are the gold standard.


If volume loss is your main concern, Dr. Cohen recommends Radiesse, a calcium-based filler that can instantly restore volume and help your body start making its own collagen again. Both doctors also embrace procedures utilizing fat transfer to replace lost volume. Dr. Tess favors the ALMI procedure, which “rejuvenates collagen and provides structural support for volume loss.” It uses the patient’s adipose (fat) tissue and regenerative cells as a means to jumpstart tissue rejuvenation.


ALMI procedure
ALMI procedure rejuvenates collagen and provides structural support for volume loss.


But what if you have age spots, wrinkles, rough skin, and volume loss? Dr. Tess recommends her signature Time Machine Procedure, which is “a combination treatment using laser or radiofrequency skin resurfacing, microneedling, and growth factors from platelet-rich plasma. For patients with more extensive sun damage, Intense Pulsed Light or Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) can be added for optimal results.” 


No matter which approach you opt for, one piece of advice found in most every skincare article applies here as well. Sunscreen is – and should be – your very best friend

Tracy is a "quality over quantity" word girl fascinated by eagles and life in a small SoCal mountain community. She believes in the now, has written professionally for 30+ years, and worships at the alters of serum and Sulwhasoo.




Verified Expert

My mother has always worn gloves when doing the dishes and cleaning. I can't tell you how many times she warned me about not doing so and the aging affects it has on your hands! Now here she is in her 70's and her hands look younger than mine. I have started using skincare on my hands too and it is definitely helping, but I think I'll be looking into some tissue rejuvenation treatments here real soon lol!


Verified Expert

Mine, too! Sigh. They were so cumbersome, though. Thankfully, the treatments keep improving, and I, too, have my eye on those options. 😁


Verified Expert

After reading this I know I am a shoo-in for the Time Machine Procedure. I'll gladly give them the fat from my middle. Tried as I might, my hands look like they belong to the Cryptkeeper. I clearly didn't always protect them. It's wonderful to know there is hope, along with new technology for hand rejuvenation. Santa are you reading this?!


Verified Expert

The Time Machine Procedure is calling my name, too! I wish I'd started my career in the beauty field sooner. I'm betting @jonniskincare will have young looking hands for life! ☺️


Verified Expert

Thanks for another great article Tracy! We all spend so much time focused on our faces, we forget the rest of our body! So important to be mindful from head to will often find me using neck & decollatage serums and creams on my hands, as the dermis in both areas is very thin and delicate so it is more difficult to control their dehydration. They also have fewer collagen and elastic fibers and low melanin, so they are the first areas to show dark spots, wrinkles, and saggy skin. P.S. you will never catch me in... Read more


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Bravo, Jenny! Doubling up on serums and cream make a real difference, especially for the hands. I often say, "You can't hydrate concrete." Hand lotion is great, but slathering quality skincare on first can amplify the hydration (and decrease the signs of aging).


Verified Expert

Never knew that hand-improvement treatment was a thing. it's good to know there are ways to solve aging hands. Mines fast-forward to ten years in the winter.


Verified Expert

Mine, too! Do you have a favorite hand care product for winter? I live in the mountains (and we got over a foot of snow this weekend) and I'm always looking for something to prevent chapped hands and moisture loss. Please share your tips!


Verified Expert

I like to use Jergens hand cream from the supermarket when on a budget. It smells wonderful and works fine.


Verified Expert

I love the suggestions for different products to try! Hands are often neglected and need to be cared for just as much if not more than the rest of the body.


Verified Expert

Three years ago, I started using tretinoin (Retin A) on my left hand as well as my face. Within 60 days, the difference between the two hands was night and day. Now, I use every anti-aging product I have on my hands and neck. And when I find a product that my face isn't entirely fond of, I move it to my body. It's easier to use an expensive product on my hands than it is to simply throw it out. I'm currently using a very promising (and potent) vitamin C product on my hands because my facial skin was... Read more


Verified Expert

Cool to learn different methods of treatment. And sunblock and moisturizer is a must. :)