As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, there’s a new thing to add to the list: zombie hands, a dead giveaway that you’re not 22-years-old anymore.
Everyone has seen this phenomenon–an otherwise vibrant-looking woman of a certain age with the mitts of a crone. I’ve been getting a fair amount of pitches lately identifying two celebs (one was on a popular television series about sex in New York City and is launching a shoe line; the other one’s name rhymes with Schmadonna) as the poster children for the scourge. I’m going to leave it to Star and its ilk to report on celebrities’ hand angst, but in the meantime, there are options if this is something you’re worried about.
But, first of all, how does this even happen? According to Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a California-based board certified plastic surgeon, it’s because of collagen and elastin breakdown, thinning of the skin, and loss of volume, all of which cause the veins to pop out. You’ll usually start noticing it anywhere from your 30s to your 50s. And it all happens faster in your hands than on your face, mostly because women who are slathering sunscreen and $100 serums on their faces often forget all about their hands.
Obviously at this stage of the game, the best thing to do is to try to prevent it. Here’s how, followed by all the new treatment options out there: