Show Off those Gel Nails by Giving your Hands a Makeover!


Image from Sciton. Before and After of hands after treatment with photo rejuvenation BBL laser.
Image from Sciton. Before and After of hands after treatment with photo rejuvenation BBL laser.

If you count the rings on a tree, you can estimate how old the tree really is. The same thing is true with your hands, in the sense that this area of the body really betrays your age to the entire world. Until proper gloves come back into fashion year round, you, like all of us, will keep spending a small fortune every year on manicures. But what does it matter if your nails are fresh and youthful if your hands are aging? If you want to rewind the clock, don’t neglect your hands. Youthful looking hands are essential in showcasing a beautiful manicure. Show off those gel nails by giving your hands a makeover.


Every Season Takes a Toll on Your Hands


Not many people remember to put sunscreen on their hands during the hot summer months. Putting sunscreen in your hands to apply to your body doesn’t count, unless you tend to walk around with your palms facing heavenward. After spending a day outside bike riding, gardening or lounging by the pool, your hands take the brunt of the damage. Your skin, even the skin on your hands, loses elasticity from the natural aging process. After years of harsh sun exposure, you’ll start to develop telltale signs on aging on your hands, like wrinkles, freckles and sunspots.


If the fall, the weather turns cool, crisp and dry. This can make your hands itchy, cracked and calloused. Combine this with moisture from hand washing or rain and they become chapped easily. Winter is fall, times ten when you factor in the snow. By spring your hands are so beat up that you wonder if your snow mittens would look cute with a floral skirt.


Reverse the Aging Process on Your Hands


One remedy is, of course, to put sunscreen on your hands and use tons of moisturizer. But sometimes even if you do everything right you think you just can’t stop the natural aging process. If you can reverse time by using medical spa products and services on your face, then it makes sense that you can do the same for your hands. Why not? Using a multi-tiered approach, just like you would for your face, you can reverse the aging process on your hands.


Skin Care Products for Youthful Hands


When dealing with sun damage and wrinkles, vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and hyaluronic acid are key in reducing fine lines and maintaining healthy skin. The same products you apply to your face you can also apply to your hands, in the morning and before bed.


Tip #1: You don’t have to use another complete application, either. After applying your products to your face with your fingertips, swipe the top of each hand with the residue or use a miniscule pump to cover both hands.


Tip #2: Wear spa gloves on your hands while you sleep at night to really hydrate the skin and prevent the product from wiping off.


Tip #3: In the morning, apply your moisturizer with SPF to hands using the same method as Tip #1.


Recommended Products for Hand Care:


Vivier™ HYDRAgel contains pharmaceutical grade hyaluronic acid to restore the skin’s moisture barrier function leaving it hydrated, reenergized and radiant…[read more]


Vivier™C E Peptides formulated with pharmaceutical grade vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid USP)…helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps reduce further signs of aging…[read more]


Vivier™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 pharmaceutical grade water-based facial sunscreen provides true broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 30 protection in a light, sheer formulation that absorbs quickly into the skin…[read more]


Dermal Fillers for Hand Wrinkles


At PAW, we like to remind our patients that they can use dermal fillers for their hands. A small amount of filler smoothens wrinkles on your hands, making them appear supple and more youthful. The filler can last four months to two years depending on treatment area and history of treatments.


BBL, or Phototherapy and Laser Resurfacing to Reverse Signs of Aging in Your Hands


The BBL, or phototherapy laser is an excellent treatment option for eliminating sunspots and damage done to the skin by harmful UV and UVB rays. You see results a few weeks after treatment.


Laser Resurfacing is a more aggressive option if you not only want to reduce sun damage but also eliminate wrinkles quickly and effectively.


Our hands are really the most used and abused part of our bodies. Read this great article on hand care from hand model Ellen Sirot to get more information about taking care of your hands. As Sirot succinctly puts it, “Your hands are a microcosm of the rest of you. Hands that feel dry and are dehydrated hurt people. You look at your hands 99 percent of the day. When it’s reflected back at you, a hand that doesn’t look good is constant negative reinforcement. Hands tell so much about you. We really are trained about how to take care of our faces, but people don’t talk about our hands.”


Ready to give your hands a hand? Stop by Plaza Aesthetics & Wellness for a complimentary consultation and we can talk about your plan for gorgeous hands!




The Dangerous Reality of Suntanning

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A recent study from Ohio State University proved that sunscreen with an SPF of 30 can prevent cancer caused from UVB rays. When we at PAW read this, we rolled our eyes and said, “Duh.” Then we thought about it for a moment and said, “What took them so long?” Although it’s common knowledge that sunscreen protects us from cancer causing rays, it turns out that it was never proven in a formal study until now. At PAW, we are in the business of keeping your skin healthy. It’s our hope that this study might sway public opinion enough to the dangerous reality of suntanning and cause everyone to protect their skin with sunscreen.


Lung Cancer and Cigarettes

So many things wrong here.

How do you prove something is really deadly to humans without harming actual humans? The medical community first watches people. If a group of people is doing something and they keep getting the same results, then it’s pretty logical to connect the action with the consequence. That called observational evidence.

A good example of observational evidence is the link between lung cancer and tobacco smoking, which wasn’t discovered until about 1920. German scientists realized that lung cancer, once a rare disease, was happening to almost everyone—everyone who smoked, that is. You can read all about it here in the History of Cigarette Research. But, when they published their thoughts, the world kept smoking.

Then other researchers started experimenting with cigarettes and found out that the carcinogens, or chemicals in cigarettes was giving mice and rats cancer. The world saw their favorite movie stars light up and kept following along, as by this time smoking was glamorous.

An iconic smoking moment
An iconic smoking moment

But, when alarmed scientists started aggressively proving what they already knew by the early 1950s, the world took notice. One study grew cancer tumors out of the backs of mice slathered in nicotine tar. Time Magazine put a picture on the cover. Then the world collectively began to freak out. Over the next ten years, the whole house of cards came crashing down. Smoking went from being perceived as sexy and sophisticated to being a deadly habit.

Skin Cancer and Sun Exposure

Let’s go back to sunscreen. It’s common knowledge, based on observing skin cancer victims and noting their frequent exposure to UVB and UVA rays in sunlight, that sun exposure causes skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology says that skin cancer is the number one cancer in the U.S and a bunch of other scary statistics you can read on their site.

An iconic tan moment.
An iconic tan moment.

But, here we are again. Suntans are considered sexy. They convey an image of health and fitness, even though we know that tanning is dangerous and can cause cancer. Unlike people in the 1950s who could simply quit smoking, we can’t quit the sun. A little sun is good for us.

That’s why we are so excited about this Ohio experiment, which has conclusively shown us that sunscreen really can protect us from harmful UVB rays. Since we can’t quit the sun, we now have a proven-to-be-effective option to protect ourselves from it—with sunscreen. The more you remember to put on sunscreen before going out, the better chances you have in avoiding damage from harmful, cancer causing rays. This makes our job happily easier!

Happy summer and stay protected! We would love for all of our PAW customers to have a do-over. If you want to undo any sun damage to your skin in time for summer, please check out our May Get Summer-Ready Special! In the meantime, make our jobs easier by putting on your sunscreen. If you make one pre-summer purchase we recommend Vivier’s NEW sheer broad spectrum SPF 45 with transparent zinc oxide. No matter your skin type, now is the time to start protecting your skin, even if you haven’t in the past!

Call if you have more questions about sunscreen options 816-463-4440.

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