Hands and Dermal Elasticity: Understanding and Managing Wrinkles Effectively

6 min read

SEPT 17, 2022 - by Felix Tajanko

Hands and Dermal Elasticity: Understanding and Managing Wrinkles Effectively

6 min read

SEPT 17, 2022 - by Felix Tajanko
The skin on our hands is often overlooked despite being some of the most exposed, and therefore vulnerable, skin on our bodies. This exposure, coupled with the fact that sunscreen is rarely worn on the hands, or washed off throughout the day, means that hands will lose their dermal elasticity far quicker than other areas of the body. This leads to accelerated development of hand wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.So what can we do about it? This article will delve into hand wrinkles, offering insights into the science behind its causes and providing a guide to maintain dermal elasticity for healthy and youthful hands.
The skin on our hands is often overlooked despite being some of the most exposed, and therefore vulnerable, skin on our bodies. This exposure, coupled with the fact that sunscreen is rarely worn on the hands, or washed off throughout the day, means that hands will lose their dermal elasticity far quicker than other areas of the body. This leads to accelerated development of hand wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.So what can we do about it? This article will delve into hand wrinkles, offering insights into the science behind its causes and providing a guide to maintain dermal elasticity for healthy and youthful hands.
01

The Science of Dermal Hand Aging

Skin wrinkling is a result of a complex interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors. Intrinsic factors, which include genetics and natural aging processes, are important as they play a significant role in determining how predisposed an individual is to developing wrinkly fingers and hands. On the other hand, extrinsic factors, such as environmental exposures and lifestyle choices, exert a considerable influence on the onset and severity of wrinkled skin. Prolonged sun exposure, pollution,2 smoking,3 and poor skin care practices can accelerate the aging process and contribute to the formation of wrinkles, especially for commonly exposed areas like the hands.
At the heart of all forms of skin aging lies the gradual decline in dermal elasticity, a process primarily driven by the breakdown of collagen fibers in the skin. Collagen, a vital structural protein, provides the skin with its firmness and suppleness. As we age, the body's natural collagen production dwindles, which results in skin sagging and skin thinning.4
In addition, elastin fibers, responsible for the skin's ability to snap back into place, also lose their resilience over time.5 UV exposure also increases levels of collagen-degrading enzymes. These changes collectively lead to the formation of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles – anywhere from
lip wrinkles and stomach wrinkles to feet wrinkles and wrinkles on the hands.
01

The Science of Dermal Hand Aging

Skin wrinkling is a result of a complex interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors. Intrinsic factors, which include genetics and natural aging processes, are important as they play a significant role in determining how predisposed an individual is to developing wrinkly fingers and hands. On the other hand, extrinsic factors, such as environmental exposures and lifestyle choices, exert a considerable influence on the onset and severity of wrinkled skin. Prolonged sun exposure, pollution,2 smoking,3 and poor skin care practices can accelerate the aging process and contribute to the formation of wrinkles, especially for commonly exposed areas like the hands.
At the heart of all forms of skin aging lies the gradual decline in dermal elasticity, a process primarily driven by the breakdown of collagen fibers in the skin. Collagen, a vital structural protein, provides the skin with its firmness and suppleness. As we age, the body's natural collagen production dwindles, which results in skin sagging and skin thinning.4
In addition, elastin fibers, responsible for the skin's ability to snap back into place, also lose their resilience over time.5 UV exposure also increases levels of collagen-degrading enzymes. These changes collectively lead to the formation of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles – anywhere from
lip wrinkles and stomach wrinkles to feet wrinkles and wrinkles on the hands.
02

Nurturing Hand Health

Maintaining healthy skin can be extremely difficult for the hand area, as it is frequently exposed to damaging external factors including harsh chemicals and the sun. Maintaining proper hand hygiene is essential for preventing pathogen-caused illness, but may compromise the skin's health with age. Hand washes, especially those in public restrooms, often contain harsh soaps and chemicals, which can strip the skin of its natural oils, contributing to dryness and accelerated aging. Opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers when possible, and remember to moisturize immediately after washing your hands to fortify the skin’s barrier. Another way to limit your hand’s exposure to harsh chemicals is by wearing gloves while performing household chores or when using harsh chemicals for gardening and other activities.
02

Nurturing Hand Health

Maintaining healthy skin can be extremely difficult for the hand area, as it is frequently exposed to damaging external factors including harsh chemicals and the sun. Maintaining proper hand hygiene is essential for preventing pathogen-caused illness, but may compromise the skin's health with age. Hand washes, especially those in public restrooms, often contain harsh soaps and chemicals, which can strip the skin of its natural oils, contributing to dryness and accelerated aging. Opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers when possible, and remember to moisturize immediately after washing your hands to fortify the skin’s barrier. Another way to limit your hand’s exposure to harsh chemicals is by wearing gloves while performing household chores or when using harsh chemicals for gardening and other activities.
03

Sun Protection

Sun protection is critical for preserving the youth and health of skin, and your hands are no exception. UV rays account for 80-90% of visible aging by breaking down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin [6]. Sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily skin care routine. Though it can be inconvenient to reapply SPF after you wash your hands, it will be well worth it to get into the habit early. Experts recommend using an SPF of at least 30 across all areas of exposed skin; it is recommended that you even wear sunscreen during winter and on cloudy days. By protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, you can prevent UV-induced collagen and elastin degradation, in turn helping to prevent wrinkles. Try carrying an SPF 30+ hand cream with you during the day, and remember to apply after washing your hands.
03

Sun Protection

Sun protection is critical for preserving the youth and health of skin, and your hands are no exception. UV rays account for 80-90% of visible aging by breaking down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin [6]. Sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily skin care routine. Though it can be inconvenient to reapply SPF after you wash your hands, it will be well worth it to get into the habit early. Experts recommend using an SPF of at least 30 across all areas of exposed skin; it is recommended that you even wear sunscreen during winter and on cloudy days. By protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, you can prevent UV-induced collagen and elastin degradation, in turn helping to prevent wrinkles. Try carrying an SPF 30+ hand cream with you during the day, and remember to apply after washing your hands.
04

Topical Treatments for Hand Wrinkles

Peptides

Peptides have gained prominence in the realm of skin care for their ability to stimulate key processes within the skin. When incorporated into moisturizers or serums, peptides can help address the loss of dermal elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as arm wrinkles and hand wrinkles. OneSkin’s OS-01 peptide has been scientifically proven to promote key biomarkers associated with collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production.* The OS-01 Peptide has also been shown to reduce the activity of UV-induced collagen degradation.* Powered by the OS-01 peptide, OS-01 FACE is a peptide moisturizer that was designed for skin’s most exposed areas, including the face, but not limited to the hands, neck, and chest as well!
04

Topical Treatments for Hand Wrinkles

Peptides

Peptides have gained prominence in the realm of skin care for their ability to stimulate key processes within the skin. When incorporated into moisturizers or serums, peptides can help address the loss of dermal elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as arm wrinkles and hand wrinkles. OneSkin’s OS-01 peptide has been scientifically proven to promote key biomarkers associated with collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production.* The OS-01 Peptide has also been shown to reduce the activity of UV-induced collagen degradation.* Powered by the OS-01 peptide, OS-01 FACE is a peptide moisturizer that was designed for skin’s most exposed areas, including the face, but not limited to the hands, neck, and chest as well!

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are also a powerful ally in the fight against wrinkly skin. These compounds neutralize harmful free radicals
that contribute to skin aging.7 Vitamin C, for instance, is a potent antioxidant that can help fade age spots and improve overall skin texture. Additionally, moisturizers enriched with hyaluronic acid,
glycerin, and ceramides can effectively hydrate the skin, plumping it up and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, whether these are neck wrinkles, stomach wrinkles, or hand wrinkles.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are also a powerful ally in the fight against wrinkly skin. These compounds neutralize harmful free radicals
that contribute to skin aging.7 Vitamin C, for instance, is a potent antioxidant that can help fade age spots and improve overall skin texture. Additionally, moisturizers enriched with hyaluronic acid,
glycerin, and ceramides can effectively hydrate the skin, plumping it up and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, whether these are neck wrinkles, stomach wrinkles, or hand wrinkles.

Humectants

Humectants hold another key to maintaining hand moisture and plumpness. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid, improve moisture retention by binding with many times their weight in water. This means that when applied to damp skin, topical skin care products
containing humectants can hold onto water molecules and deliver hydration to skin over time.12
Consider incorporating topical supplements that include scientifically-proven peptides, antioxidants, and humectants, such as OS-01 FACE, into your skin care routine to keep your hands well-hydrated and youthful.

Humectants

Humectants hold another key to maintaining hand moisture and plumpness. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid, improve moisture retention by binding with many times their weight in water. This means that when applied to damp skin, topical skin care products
containing humectants can hold onto water molecules and deliver hydration to skin over time.12
Consider incorporating topical supplements that include scientifically-proven peptides, antioxidants, and humectants, such as OS-01 FACE, into your skin care routine to keep your hands well-hydrated and youthful.
Disclaimers
* Shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)
Disclaimers
* Shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)
05

Hand Exercises and Massage Techniques

Regular hand exercises can also help enhance dermal elasticity by increasing blood flow and promoting collagen synthesis [8]. Simple routines, such as finger stretches, wrist rotations, and hand clenches, can maintain the flexibility and strength of your hands. By stimulating circulation within your hands, you can bolster their health for years to come.Similarly, massaging your hands is another great way to boost blood circulation, delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells and aiding in the removal of toxins. You can make this practice go even further by incorporating a nourishing oil or hand cream during your massage, thereby amplifying its benefits.
05

Hand Exercises and Massage Techniques

Regular hand exercises can also help enhance dermal elasticity by increasing blood flow and promoting collagen synthesis [8]. Simple routines, such as finger stretches, wrist rotations, and hand clenches, can maintain the flexibility and strength of your hands. By stimulating circulation within your hands, you can bolster their health for years to come.Similarly, massaging your hands is another great way to boost blood circulation, delivering essential nutrients to the skin cells and aiding in the removal of toxins. You can make this practice go even further by incorporating a nourishing oil or hand cream during your massage, thereby amplifying its benefits.
06

Nutrition and Supplementation for Youthful Hands

Proper nutrition plays a pivotal role in preserving the youthful appearance of your skin, including on the hands. Nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids support collagen synthesis and skin regeneration.9 Be sure to include
foods for skin repair such as a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your diet to provide your skin with the building blocks it needs to maintain its health and vitality.
06

Nutrition and Supplementation for Youthful Hands

Proper nutrition plays a pivotal role in preserving the youthful appearance of your skin, including on the hands. Nutrients like vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids support collagen synthesis and skin regeneration.9 Be sure to include
foods for skin repair such as a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your diet to provide your skin with the building blocks it needs to maintain its health and vitality.
07

Preventive Measures for Hand Wrinkles

Physically shielding your skin from environmental aggressors is another essential tool for preventing premature aging, and can be especially useful for hands. If you would like to forego applying sunscreen, consider wearing gloves to shield your hands from UV rays, wind, and pollution. This can be especially convenient in cold winter months when wearing gloves also serves as warmth, and is especially needed, as snow can increase UV exposure through reflection. Also crucial to your skin’s health is maintaining proper hydration. By drinking enough water you can hydrate skin from the inside out to bolster its barrier function.Consistency is key when it comes to preventing wrinkled hands. By identifying what works best for you, from wearing gloves and making sure you have a peptide body lotion to applying SPF on your hands as well as ensure you get the proper nutrition and water intake, your future self will thank you for paying it forward.
07

Preventive Measures for Hand Wrinkles

Physically shielding your skin from environmental aggressors is another essential tool for preventing premature aging, and can be especially useful for hands. If you would like to forego applying sunscreen, consider wearing gloves to shield your hands from UV rays, wind, and pollution. This can be especially convenient in cold winter months when wearing gloves also serves as warmth, and is especially needed, as snow can increase UV exposure through reflection. Also crucial to your skin’s health is maintaining proper hydration. By drinking enough water you can hydrate skin from the inside out to bolster its barrier function.Consistency is key when it comes to preventing wrinkled hands. By identifying what works best for you, from wearing gloves and making sure you have a peptide body lotion to applying SPF on your hands as well as ensure you get the proper nutrition and water intake, your future self will thank you for paying it forward.
08

Embracing Timeless Hands

As we navigate the journey of aging, it's crucial to embrace self-care practices that celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of our hands, along with their purpose and the memories they create. For most of us, wrinkly hands are inevitable, so it's important to cultivate a positive self-image and to practice self-love.
08

Embracing Timeless Hands

As we navigate the journey of aging, it's crucial to embrace self-care practices that celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of our hands, along with their purpose and the memories they create. For most of us, wrinkly hands are inevitable, so it's important to cultivate a positive self-image and to practice self-love.
09

How Does OneSkin Address Hand Aging?

OneSkin’s Topical Supplements, OS-01 FACE, OS-01 BODY, and OS-01 EYE are all powered by OneSkin’s proprietary OS-01 peptide, which has been scientifically proven to improve key markers associated with collagen biosynthesis and reduce UV–induced collagen degradation.* Additionally, OS-01 FACE, our peptide facial moisturizer, and OS-01 EYE, our peptide eye cream, are clinically validated to improve skin hydration and skin barrier function.** Any of OneSkin’s Topical Supplements can be used on hands, the choice of which depends on how much peptide your hands require. OS-01 EYE contains the highest concentration of the OS-01 peptide, followed by OS-01 FACE, and OS-01 BODY.
09

How Does OneSkin Address Hand Aging?

OneSkin’s Topical Supplements, OS-01 FACE, OS-01 BODY, and OS-01 EYE are all powered by OneSkin’s proprietary OS-01 peptide, which has been scientifically proven to improve key markers associated with collagen biosynthesis and reduce UV–induced collagen degradation.* Additionally, OS-01 FACE, our peptide facial moisturizer, and OS-01 EYE, our peptide eye cream, are clinically validated to improve skin hydration and skin barrier function.** Any of OneSkin’s Topical Supplements can be used on hands, the choice of which depends on how much peptide your hands require. OS-01 EYE contains the highest concentration of the OS-01 peptide, followed by OS-01 FACE, and OS-01 BODY.
Disclaimers
* Shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)** Shown in 12 week clinical studies performed by third-party research organizations
Disclaimers
* Shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023)** Shown in 12 week clinical studies performed by third-party research organizations

Hand rejuvenation can seamlessly integrate into your existing skin care regimen. By adopting the practices outlined in this blog, you can effectively manage hand and finger wrinkles, promote dermal elasticity, and nurture the health of your hands. As you embark on this journey, remember that your hands are a testament to the life you've lived, and caring for them is a reflection of your appreciation for the remarkable experiences they've shared.

Hand rejuvenation can seamlessly integrate into your existing skin care regimen. By adopting the practices outlined in this blog, you can effectively manage hand and finger wrinkles, promote dermal elasticity, and nurture the health of your hands. As you embark on this journey, remember that your hands are a testament to the life you've lived, and caring for them is a reflection of your appreciation for the remarkable experiences they've shared.
Key Takeaways:
  • Extrinsic aging factors influence the onset and severity of wrinkles, especially for the most exposed areas of skin like the hands.
  • Collagen and elastin fibers are responsible for dermal elasticity, and their loss from intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors plays a key role in the development of wrinkles.
  • Topical ingredients and topical products, like SPF, antioxidants, and peptides, can help address the loss of dermal elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Other lifestyle factors, like proper nutrition and regularly exercising your hands can help prevent the onset of wrinkles.
Key Takeaways:
  • Extrinsic aging factors influence the onset and severity of wrinkles, especially for the most exposed areas of skin like the hands.
  • Collagen and elastin fibers are responsible for dermal elasticity, and their loss from intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors plays a key role in the development of wrinkles.
  • Topical ingredients and topical products, like SPF, antioxidants, and peptides, can help address the loss of dermal elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Other lifestyle factors, like proper nutrition and regularly exercising your hands can help prevent the onset of wrinkles.
By Felix Tajanko: Felix is studying Bioengineering at the University of California - San Diego and is passionate about scientific writing as well as the research of hormones and microhemodynamics.
By Felix Tajanko: Felix is studying Bioengineering at the University of California - San Diego and is passionate about scientific writing as well as the research of hormones and microhemodynamics.

Reviewed by Alessandra Zonari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder of OneSkin

Alessandra earned her Master’s degree in stem cell biology, and her PhD in skin regeneration and tissue engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in collaboration with the 3B’s Research Group in Portugal. Alessandra did a second post-doctoral at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is a co-inventor of three patents and has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

Reviewed by Alessandra Zonari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder of OneSkin

Alessandra earned her Master’s degree in stem cell biology, and her PhD in skin regeneration and tissue engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in collaboration with the 3B’s Research Group in Portugal. Alessandra did a second post-doctoral at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is a co-inventor of three patents and has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

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