Complements How to care for the skin on your hands


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

I am always educating my clients on how to care for the skin on their face and neck, but it’s important for me to remind them to give some TLC to the skin on their hands, too.

The skin on your hands is often overlooked for treatment, but one of the first spots to reveal your age. I recommend using the same anti-aging products that you use on your face, such as a retinol product, to treat this area. Another important product to use is sunscreen because sun damage can lead to the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’re already seeing signs of aging, you may want to consider Intense Pulsed Light, often abbreviated as IPL, to address sun spots and improve the appearance of sun damage. IPL is a safe and effective treatment option that is performed in a clinical office setting. With its non-surgical approach and impressive results, IPL is swiftly gaining popularity among clients and providers alike.

With IPL, light waves are selected for a client’s specific condition or concern, and those light waves target melanin in the skin. The light pulls the pigmentation up through the layers of the skin until it reaches the surface layer (stratum corneum) and crusts/flakes off. The light waves can also target hemoglobin in broken blood vessels to help lessen the appearance of rosacea and broken capillaries, as well as, target the pigment in hair, destroying the follicle and allowing for hair removal. IPL uses multiple lengths of light rays at varying intensities, allowing it to treat more than just one type of skin condition at once.

As a reminder, the best thing you can do to prevent the skin on your hands from aging is to use the same anti-aging product and sunscreen that you use on your face. If you need help with creating a skin care routine, schedule a consultation with me by calling 814.231.7878. I can help you establish the right treatment plan to help you look and feel your best.