It used to be a luxury reserved for the rich and glamorous -- VIP pampering in a heated paraffin wax hand bath. Now this helpful treatment is within easy reach for everyone, thanks to the availability of small, portable units for home use.
For as little as $50 for the unit, plus the cost of wax, you can give your hands a daily dip that promises to rehab even the driest cracked skin. "These treatments can be very useful for deep moisturizing, and I would recommend them as more effective than a simple hand cream," says Buford.
Why wax? According to Marmur, it coats the skin, offering a form of protection you don't ordinarily get from a cream.
Reasonably priced home paraffin wax units are available from companies such as HoMedics; Therabath, which offers wax in luscious scents such as vanilla cupcake, rose petal, and lemon; and Artemis Woman, specializing in wax infused with shea butter.
Professional Anti-aging Skin Care Treatments for Your Hands
Not quite satisfied with the results of your at-home hand care? You may be ready to consider professional options. "Some of the most exciting new anti-aging advances in face and neck care are turning out to be amazing treatments for the hands," says Marmur.
Pro hand care is on the rise, say experts. But regardless of what treatments you consider, be certain they are done under the guidance of a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
WebMD asked experts for a short list of the most effective professional procedures for those in search of youthful hands.
Medical Fillers for Hands
Because the skin on the back of the hands is extremely thin, losing even a minimal amount of fat padding creates a crepe-like, aged look.
"It's a lot like letting the air out of a balloon -- it just deflates, and skin no longer has the support structure it needs to look and feel firm the way young hands do," says Marmur.
That's why the No. 1 professional hand care treatment to date is medical fillers, those same wrinkle-filling injections used on the face. "However, unlike the face, where you're filling a line, when you treat the hands you're filling space, adding volume, and putting back some of the cushion under the skin that has been lost through the years," says Goldberg.
Among the most popular fillers are Radiuses, Sculpture, Per lane, and Juvederm Ultra Plus. "You're looking for thicker fillers with a much heavier consistency than what you would use for lines on the face, such as Restylane," says Marmur.
Once injected, Goldberg says, the filler is massaged across the back of the hand and "fanned out" to plump up and fill in the entire area. The treatment takes less than 20 minutes, and results are visible in a couple of weeks.