5 Best Anti-Aging Hand Creams for 2021
Our hands help us write novels, dig up dirt to plant beautiful gardens, wash piles of dishes, change tires, and caress the cheeks of children. We ask a lot of our hands, but don't always give much in return.
Day in and day out our hands are exposed to the sun and its harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun can lead to age spots, dark spots, wrinkles, and a variety of other health issues if we don't protect ourselves properly.
The UV radiation from sun exposure causes collagen to break down, and may also lead to problems like age spots and other early signs of aging.
Sun protection, like keeping hands covered or using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, really helps in the long run.
Immersing hands in water throughout the day also wears them down, even if you're using a nutrient-rich body wash or bar soap. While hand washing is a good health habit for other reasons, it can be hard on your skin.
With the precautions we take to stop the spread of germs, we also need to remember to replenish some of that moisture lost during the process.
Regular skin care is critical if we want to make our hands look younger, or just maintain our skin's health.
Like many people, you may pay more attention to your face or body and forget about those appendages until you look down and wonder what happened to the back of your hands.
What happened is life. All those tasks mentioned above and more. Hands will look older if we're constantly washing them or spending a lot of time outside - okay, maybe not if we're indulging in a luxurious enzyme scrub.
But we should take the treatment of our hands seriously, and apply hand cream at least once a day. Of course, starting somewhere is better than never beginning. So do what you can when you can.
We're excited to sing the praises of how hand creams can help aging hands. However, let's first spend some time reviewing how harmful those ultraviolet rays can really be (just to drive the point home), and then we'll get to our list of the best anti-aging hand creams.
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A PSA on UV rays from a board-certified dermatologist
A lot of us love spending a day at the beach, riding a bike, or splashing around in a pool. However, there's a price to pay for excessive sun exposure.
Ultraviolet rays can cause the uneven thickening and thinning of the skin referred to as solar elastosis, which leads to coarse wrinkling and a yellow discoloration.
Considering that these harmful rays can also cause blood vessel walls to become thinner and make veins more visible, it's no wonder why skin seems increasingly transparent as we age.
This process wreaks havoc on hands over time, and it's not the only way that big ball of burning gas in the sky gets in the way of having fun outside.
There are still discoveries being made about how exactly UV radiation exacts its damage on our skin. However, we do know that it's a major creator of free radicals.
Free radicals are oxygen molecules that are unstable because they have one electron instead of two, and scavenge that missing electron from other molecules. This sets off a chain reaction that can damage cells at the molecular level.
Damaged skin cells are more likely to lead to wrinkles and age spots, among other things. Free radicals also increase the presence of enzymes that break down collagen, causing skin to lose elasticity and begin sagging.
Those are just a few reasons why your sunscreen with high SPF is a must-have item in your makeup bag.
Watch this video with some additional words of wisdom regarding sun damage featuring board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hayley Goldbach.
Now, if you're not one to don gloves year round, then you'll want to seek out some other solutions to protect and repair skin.
It's time to give your hands a hand. Keep scrolling and peruse the list of hand creams below that offer impressive results for aging hands.
The best treatment for aging hands: the anti-aging hand cream countdown
When choosing a hand cream to incorporate into your every-day routine, there are several considerations to keep in mind.
The best hand creams contain moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and shea butter to make for that radiant effect in your skin care regimen. There are a plethora of ingredients that hydrate and heal the skin, so some of this is a matter of preference. Do you like fragrant botanicals or something simple that's scent-free?
What are your beauty goals? Do you want to do away with dark spots? Smooth out that crepe-like texture and make your hands look younger?
You should treat hands with a formula that addresses your particular priorities.
If you aren't into more serious interventions like chemical peels or laser treatments, but still want to encourage skin cell renewal, you could consider using retinol or retinoic acid, which are both chemical derivatives of vitamin A.
Seek out the advice of a dermatologist if you are hoping to achieve a certain effect, but don't want to do unnecessary damage.
Let's get to the good stuff now and explore some of the best skin care options that make your aging hands more moisturized and smooth.
1. Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm
A crowd favorite, and our number one recommendation for healthy and hydrated hands, is JUARA's Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm.
The natural oils in this balm nourish neglected hands and repair the effects of aging that affect us all. Candlenut, coconut, and rice bran oils infuse the epidermis with moisture, which leaves your hands looking as youthful on the outside as you feel on the inside.
Candlenut Oil is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids. As it turns out these fatty acids are indeed essential for strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier that keeps moisture in and unwanted irritants out. This is good news for dry aging hands and even those with eczema.
This phthalate, paraben, and gluten-free formula also contains oat bran and sea algae. Both ingredients are wonderful sources of antioxidants, which fight against those aforementioned free radicals that cause premature aging and other damage.
In addition, oat bran forms a protective layer on the skin, helping prevent toxins from entering. All of this adds up to reducing the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
The benefits of these natural moisturizing and healing ingredients extend to the nails and cuticles, rebuilding the damage done by a dry atmosphere, or simply the toll that daily tasks take.
This award-winning balm blends these oils and extracts with rich mangosteen butter. Mangosteen's anti-microbial compounds and anti-bacterial properties address blemishes, so that dark spots are diminished and skin tone appears more even.
It also makes for a smooth application to an already luxurious treatment.
As always, JUARA takes a holistic approach to health and beauty, bringing all the senses into the mix. The tropical aroma of an array of flowers and fresh coconut will enhance the overall experience and leave you with a sense of calm.
2. Dr. Barbara Sturm's Super Anti-aging Hand Cream
Since the hands are one of the first areas to reveal signs of aging, some have gone the extra mile to address the needs of this particular area of the body. Dr. Barbara Sturm brought her expertise to the table when coming up with this hand cream.
The formula contains hyaluronic acid, mangosteen, and quince. Quince has often been used topically to deal with allergic reactions, but if you haven't heard of it before, you're probably not the only one.
Quince, a tropical fruit related to apples and pears, is packed with vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. It provides protection against damage from oxidative stress and also does a lot to control inflammation. This ingredient thus aids in the appearance and health of skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it draws moisture to the top layer of the epidermis from lower layers as well as the surrounding environment. Aloe Vera and Prickly Pear are also there to help with hydration. This, of course, is critical to treat aging skin.
If you want to moisturize more intensely, you can apply the cream as a hand mask. Cover up with some cotton gloves to help absorption. After 20 minutes or so, rub the remaining moisturizer in and get that radiant glowy skin you've been chasing after.
3. Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen Hand Cream
The thin skin on your hands has fewer sebaceous glands. This makes it more difficult to stabilize the few lipids and other elements that protect the skin. For a cream to help hands look younger, it needs to support the skin's repair systems.
The anti-aging Genius Liquid Collagen Hand Cream by Algenist will moisturize hands and provide the critical components that help your hands remain youthful.
Not only does it improve the appearance of dark spots by brightening skin, it evens out tone and texture all over.
4. HerbXtract Cosmetics Rose Series Hand Cream
As we age, our collagen production decreases. This is true for both collagen and elastin. That's why aging hands lose elasticity.
This cream comes in handy (pun intended) if you're hoping for suppleness as well as a smooth, silky feel. It contains ingredients like collagen, essential rose oil, keratin, and vitamin E.
Vitamin E has both emollient and humectant properties, so it not only attracts moisture to the top layer of skin from the surrounding environment, but manages to seal it in. This helps your hands feel soft and smooth to the touch.
Essential oils bring more than an aroma to a moisturizer. While the rose scent may not be for everyone, rose oil can even out texture, which is a real asset in combating signs of aging.
Mixed together with other ingredients, the antioxidants in the oil will be delivered deep into the dermis, helping to heal dry, mature skin.
Another good thing about this anti-aging hand cream is that it doesn't leave a greasy film. If you can incorporate it into your regular beauty routine, you should see an improvement in dry and rough-looking hands.
No matter how much hand cream we apply, the best anti-aging treatment we can give our hands and body is still sunscreen.
Preventing age spots, dark spots and even fine lines and wrinkles has a lot to do with how much sunshine we let in. Granted, the song from the 60s was great, but we should take it as the metaphor it's meant to be.
Supergoop's Handscreen is a hydrating hand cream with broad-spectrum SPF 40. The antioxidants protect your hands and natural oils nourish and moisturize. On top of all that, this product is clean, cruelty-free, and reef safe.
If the age of your hands appears older than you'd like, follow the advice of every beauty expert and dermatologist out there and incorporate sunscreen with SPF into your routine.
There's more than one article about the best time to apply hand cream treatments. One suggestion is to apply anti-aging cream to your hands right before you go to bed so it can remain on skin longer.
Also, using a chemical exfoliant like retinol, or a gentle physical scrub can help slough off dead skin and enable your SPF and moisturizer to be absorbed better.
Now give yourself a helping hand and moisturize!
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