There are very few times in life when you see someone doing exactly what they were meant to do. Usually people like Oprah Winfrey, Joanna Gaines and Jimmy Fallon. But they can be everyday people like your doctor, too. When I see the ladies of The Home Edit, I know they are doing exactly what they were meant to do. They are the organizing pair that I can’t get enough of.Continue reading “The Home Organizing Team I’m Obsessed With”
“Hand skin care is just as important and often overlooked when it comes to prevention and treatment of aging.”
By Dr. Michelle Hure, MD, MS
Aesthetic medicine has traditionally focused on face and body beautification while ignoring one of the most expressive and age-revealing areas. Hand skincare is just as important and often overlooked when it comes to prevention and treatment of aging. Not only does the skin on our hands undergo photoaging from chronic UV exposure and the pigmentation, skin-thinning and wrinkles associated with that, but the constant exposure to water, soap and chemicals found in our daily routines exacerbate the aging process.
Here are a few tips, products and procedures to keep hands youthful or help turn back the hands of time.
Hand skin care in our twenties should focus on prevention, just like facial skin care.
This really comes down to taking good care of the skin and wearing sunscreen, daily. It’s important to realize that harsh skin care is aging your skin.
So, any product that touches your skin should be gentle, fragrance free and moisturizing. Gentle cleansers, lukewarm water and regular moisturizing are mainstays of good hand care. In addition to that, protection with gloves when washing dishes or handling chemical cleaners is essential.
One of the most important preventative measures you can take is limiting the UV exposure that will incrementally add up over time to cause the aging issues we see in our forties and beyond. Applying (and reapplying) sunscreen 30+ daily is necessary but sometimes hard to do. Consider investing in UPF gloves to wear while driving and/or getting manicures where UV or LED light is used.
In our thirties, forties and beyond
Once we’re in our thirties and forties, the aging process has already taken over and will continue into the later decades.
Many times we see youthful-appearing mature women and men who invested in their facial skin care and anti-aging procedures only to have their hands give away their true age. During these decades we need to continue with all the prevention rituals and add in rejuvenation procedures when appropriate.
Hand rejuvenation procedures should address all the different layers of skin, the epidermis, dermis and underlying subcutaneous tissue.
Many people in this age group will show sun-induced hyperpigmentation of the top layer of skin (epidermis) known as “solar lentigines” or sun spots. Often, non-invasive procedures employing light chemical peels, IPL devices, non-ablative laser or even liquid nitrogen can have a huge impact on the perception of youthful hands by eradicating the hyperpigmentation. Topical agents such as retinoids, hydroquinone and cysteamine are a safe at-home option for patients who want conservative treatment for mild photoaging.
Once the deeper dermal collagen and elastic tissue have degraded and the underlying soft tissues have become depleted, the hand undergoes skeltonization revealing the underlying tendons, blood vessels and bones.
To achieve rejuvenation at this point, we need to rely on more invasive techniques to restore youthful characteristics. Radiofrequency, microneedling and non-ablative, fractional laser procedures can help restore skin thickness by stimulating new collagen and elastic tissue formation.
To help restore youthful volume and mask underlying anatomic structures, more invasive procedure like filler or fat injections are the top choices.
With any procedure, non-invasive or invasive, it’s important to realize that hands are delicate and should be treated conservatively to avoid scarring and infection. Some aggressive procedures we perform on the face could be absolutely disastrous on the hands.
As with all cosmetic procedures, check with your board-certified physician to discuss what options are best for your needs.
Dr. Hure is double board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Pathology in both Dermatopathology and Anatomic Pathology. And, the owner of OC SkinLab, a full-service dermatology practice in California.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer the only thing I knew about an Oncologist was that I’d hoped I never needed one. Well, there’s goes that.
Somewhere between my shock and the doctors fear tactics I remember saying while fighting back tears “I have no idea how to find an Oncologist.”
Welcome to Issue No. 3 | #MenopauseMinute
In last weeks Menopause Minute I confessed that insomnia, caused by menopause, has been a source of irritation for me:
I can’t begin to tell you how many nights I lay awake tossing and turning. I’ve tried counting sheep, counting backwards, deep breathing, relaxation and reading. Nothing worked!
While every woman (and body) is different, there are some common physical changes that women share when entering menopause phase of their life or as I call it ‘the second puberty,’
Here are 3 physical changes that could mean you are approaching menopause
1. Irregular periods. Any changes in your periods from not having them at all, to having them too close together can be an indicator that peri-menopause is on the horizon.
If your period changes in any way, I highly recommend you see a doctor to ensure that it’s not related to any health issues.
2. Hot flashes. This is one I’ve heard many women say they start to have about a year before they even have any other symptoms. Hot flashes can come and go quickly or linger.
They can be severe and leave you sweating at night, or they can be mild. But what I know for sure, is that once is a fluke. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is worth considering the menopause connection!
3. Bladder changes. As with the period, any changes could be a signal your body is changing. But the symptoms most women have are the sudden urge to urinate, inability to hold urine and leaking when they laugh or sneeze.
Not so pretty.
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