Years of neglect have been followed by months of zealous (sometimes frantic) experimentation, with much nail biting in anticipation of results. The result is that I have worked out a combination of hand care treatments and products that are preserving my nails, fading freckles (ok, so its a large, age spot kind of freckle) and, I really believe, thickening the skin texture on my hands. This is the TIA patent-pending hand care regime:
My monthly LED light therapy treatments with Ildi Pekar include the placement of the panels that emit red (visible) and infra-red (invisible) light on my hands. The procedure (which is also focused on the face and neck) takes about twenty minutes. Light therapy is much gentler than intense pulse light (IPL) or laser resurfacing. It works by stimulating the body's tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. It boosts collagen production and scavenger cells that remove excess pigmentation or scar tissue.
I have now found that I can safely and effectively top up my LED sessions in between salon times with the at home device, Baby Quasar. Overall, I am finding that LED makes the skin on my hands look younger (more supple perhaps) and age spots are fading (of which, more later).
Anti-aging skincare products for the hands
My hand cream of choice is a body cream. But then I've always maintained that cheating was the mother of invention. Alaffia Shea Butter Antioxidant Body Cream is a soothing (that's the shea part) free radical fighter (due to several tea-based antioxidants). Alaffia even gives back to Africa.
Next is a concoction of my own devising: ferulic acid and a hefty dose of vitamin C. I feel immoderately proud of myself considering all I did was pour some ferulic acid into a vitamin C-based cream and give the bottle a good shake. My C cream of choice is by Somme and it is important to pick a C that is stable and powerful (many are not) such as ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate. Anyway, I am pinpointing a sun spot, age spot, large freckle (depending on what you want to call these things) on my right hand with very good results. Plus I feel I have unleashed my inner mad scientist.
In the evenings, age spot treatment completed with a dab of Super Cop 2X. Copper peptides repair the skin after it has been gently exfoliated by the vitamin C.
An old standby for me (discovered in the days when I took a lot of trans-Atlantic plane flights that left me with brittle nails) is Bareille Nail Strengthener Cream. I haven't got a clue how this works. But work is what it does. I dab a bit on each nail about once a week or so. My nails grow fast and strong and need to be trimmed with clippers.
That is, until I use nail polish. Varnish, generally, makes my nails chip and break within a few days of application. So I stopped using it entirely until I discovered Dazzle Dry. It is is not only free of formaldehyde but of nitrocellulose, toluene and phthalate. And one of those must have been the culprit because I can use Dazzle Dry with impunity. It promises to dry in five minutes and it does.
I know it's eccentric but every so often I rub some emu oil into my nails and cuticles. I manicurist once told me that most nail problems (including ridges) are due to lack of moisture. Emu oil is extremely close to human fat and is extremely easily absorbed.