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Hands are one of the places on the body that show aging and wear and tear because they tend to be uncovered. If yours are rough and sun-speckled from time outdoors, use the offseason to recuperate and rejuvenate.

Dr. Dana SternDr. Dana Stern, a New York-based dermatologist specializing in hands and nails, says the signs of aging and damage are more obvious on vulnerable boaters’ hands. “Boaters tend to have accelerated aging of the hands due to excessive exposure to sun. Reflection of UV rays off of the water contributes tremendously to UV exposure and acceleration of aging. Chronic UV radiation exposure causes the skin at the hands to age due to collagen breakdown. The hands develop pronounced veins and tendons, lose volume, and brown spots, and wrinkles become prominent.”

If you’re looking for a quick way to improve your hands’ texture and appearance, a hand recontouring session by a dermatologist can provide instant results, according to Dr. Stern. “Hand recontouring restores volume and stimulates collagen regrowth to the hand. For this procedure, I inject Radiesse®, an FDA-approved volumizing filler, the results of which can last up to a year or longer.”

Additionally, there are several laser options. “For the removal of brown spots, I use the NdYag laser,” says Dr. Stern. “Fraxel, the go-to laser for facial resurfacing, can be used on the hands for a smoother, more even skin texture, to promote collagen regrowth, and to achieve an overall softening of wrinkles.”

Regular chemical peels can also succeed in brightening and evening skin tone and pigment. Dr. Stern provides doctor-strength treatments, but there are at-home products, too. Look for chemical peels containing exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids (including salicylic acid). They work to even skin tone and get rid of pigmentation caused by the sun.

Dr. Stern recommends Avon’s Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel. “Use it two or three times a week and you will never turn back,” she says. “Although it is marketed for the face, there is no reason that you can’t use it on the hands. One pad per hand would be perfect!”

Ellen SirotProfessional hand model, hand care expert, and consultant Ellen Sirot has the perfect recipe for a weekly sugar scrub exfoliation. Take one-quarter teaspoon of olive oil and one-quarter teaspoon of sugar and rub them together gently on hands for two minutes. Then rinse in warm water, gently pat dry, and follow with your favorite overnight hand moisturizer.

Sirot notes that damaged nails often accompany hands in need of care. Nails become very brittle and susceptible to breakage, so Sirot recommends trimming nails short and avoiding nail polish and gel polish, which can further weaken nails. She recommends using a product like Orly Sunscreen for Nails to help protect nails and polish from sun harm and yellowing, and using a moisturizer at night such as her own product, Hand Perfection Nail and Cuticle Pen.

Both Dr. Stern and Sirot agree that when it comes to having healthy looking hands, prevention is better than repair. So daily sunscreen use is a must on or off the boat.

Hands courtesy Ellen Sirot“Sun protection is the most important aspect of your anti-aging strategy for the hands and it needs to be daily, 365 days per year,” says Dr. Stern. She recommends “a good moisturizer with at least SPF 30 and broad-spectrum protection” that is reapplied every two hours while boating. “Look at the active ingredients on your moisturizer. You want to see one of two ingredients listed under active ingredients:  titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These ingredients are physical blockers and are capable of blocking both UV-B as well as UV-A radiation, thus they are broad-spectrum.

Sirot advises boaters to moisturize and, whenever possible, wear boating gloves, either full or fingerless, to afford maximum protection. She adds that boaters’ exposure to chemicals such as cleansers and varnishes also add to damage. To keep hands soft and youthful, she recommends wearing gloves when working on the boat, washing with a gentle cleanser, and moisturizing regularly.

Long-term, Dr. Stern recommends taking biotin, a natural supplement that supports nail health. Biotin takes months to work (longer for toenails). In addition, she advises that retinols can get rid of harm as it occurs. “A prescription for tretinoin or other retina-A like cream or an over-the-counter retinol is an important anti-aging weapon for any boater. These creams are true skincare miracle creams that improve wrinkles, dark spots, and even promote collagen growth,” though retinol is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.

By Carly Zinderman


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A quick tip from Dr. Stern to make hands look better

Dr. Dana Stern (www.drdanastern.com) says that if you have an event coming up and you want to conceal weather-beaten skin and/or veins, a bit of makeup can help. “You can camouflage hand veins by adding pea size amount of liquid foundation to a your SPF-containing hand cream and rub all over the surface of your hands to mask imperfections while providing an even, natural look.”

Ellen Sirot’s website: http://ellensirot.com/

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