What Is The Best Hand Cream For Aging Hands?
You've really got to hand it to hands. Whether you are painting a million-dollar masterpiece or hanging up a picture in the hallway, you need the help of your hands.
You need your hands when you text a friend good news, give a high five, or wave at someone across the way. We even show appreciation with applause, which again, brings us back to those beautiful hands.
Since our hands are out there doing a lot of work day in and day out, they are more exposed to the elements than other parts of our body. It's not surprising, then, that they are often the first place you'll see signs of aging.
Even when you're just driving around or relaxing outside, if you don't apply (and reapply) that SPF sunscreen to your hands, age spots and dark spots can creep up on you.
Some folks are fantastic about applying sunscreen and hand cream every day. Others neglect their hands, or only remember to apply sunscreen and lotion on occasion. Some only get a hand treatment when a good friend finally drags them to get a manicure.
Wherever you land on that hand care continuum, there's always a little more to learn when it comes to hand creams.
What do the best anti-aging hand creams contain?
While nothing can keep you forever young, hand cream can absolutely aid in a youthful appearance.
Because dry skin is a big part of the problem, the best hand creams contain elements that bring moisture to the skin barrier and help keep it there. There are three main types of moisturizers: humectants, emollients, and occlusives.
Humectants keep skin hydrated by attracting water to the epidermis and slowing down the rate of evaporation. Since humectants, like hyaluronic acid, draw moisture into the epidermis from lower layers and not just a humid environment, it's a good idea to combine them with other moisturizers.
Emollients are generally oils and lipids, some of which are naturally present in the skin barrier. Emollients (like jojoba or propylene glycol) moisturize the skin and decrease flaking by filling in the framework between skin cells with lipids and other fatty substances. When applied heavily, some can also act as occlusives.
And what exactly are occlusives, you ask? Excellent question.
Occlusives are the third type of moisturizer. They coat the skin with a protective barrier to reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Beeswax, for example, can seal in moisture and keep skin soft and hydrated.
Whichever brand of hand lotion you decide to purchase, be sure it contains moisturizing ingredients like the ones mentioned above. Whether it's shea butter, coconut oil, or hyaluronic acid in your hand cream, intense and rich moisturizer is a must.
If you have aging or dry hands, there are certain anti-aging hand creams that work particularly well to reverse damage done over the years. Using the right hydrating hand cream can help your hands look younger and feel smoother.
In order to have soft hands with fewer wrinkles, you need ingredients that have the capacity to stimulate collagen production and also deal with discoloration. A combination of antioxidants, moisturizing agents, and other ingredients can work to address these issues.
Collagen and elastin are proteins in the extracellular matrix of our skin tissue, but unfortunately, our bodies slow down the production of both as we age. Ingredients like retinol are sometimes used to build back collagen, which contributes to the strength and elasticity of our skin.
However, there are some downsides to a retinol hand cream. The potential side effects include heightened sensitivity to sunlight, peeling, and redness. Figuring out the right amount that will address anti-aging issues while not over-stressing skin can be a real challenge.
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Miracle Tea Recovery Creme mends & heals hands
There are natural alternatives to retinol that also aid in exfoliation and enable fresher, smoother-looking skin to appear. JUARA's Miracle Tea Recovery Creme boasts a plant-based retinol alternative that works wonders.
With all the hand washing (not to mention hand wringing) we've all done over the last year or so, our hands could certainly use some hydration and healing.
This Miracle Tea Recovery Creme is ideal for dry skin. It manages to penetrate the skin deeply to deliver all the nourishment you need. If you layer some on before you head to bed, it will restore and repair skin while you sleep.
Our skin already does a little extra work at night while we catch our Zzz's, what with the increased blood flow, rebuilding of collagen, and the repairing of damage from harmful UV rays. When you add the Miracle Tea Recovery Creme into the mix, it's like you're doubling down on a good hand (pun intended).
This miraculous skincare cream contains kombucha, which has naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids, lactic acid, and magic acid (yes, that's what it's actually called). That means this cream is able to expertly, yet gently, exfoliate to reveal younger-looking skin.
In addition, these acids assist with blood flow and collagen production, reduce fine lines, and brighten dark spots (as well as enhance overall complexion). They also make for better product absorption overall, which is great news, because there is a lot of goodness to go around in this concentrated hand cream.
The kombucha is plentiful in B-Vitamins, which are soothing to the skin. And unlike retinol, this cream doesn't make skin more sensitive to the sun, so you can apply it morning and night. As a hand cream or repairing face cream it's an absolute keeper.
As mentioned above, it's critical for anti-aging hand creams to have the power to fight against signs of aging. In addition to the moisturizing ingredients you need to deal with dryness and other skin-related issues that crop up as we get older, there are essential elements to look for in a lotion.
To fight free radical damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays as well as other environmental skin stressors, you want to be sure your hand treatment or hand cream contains antioxidants. You may already know that vitamins A, C, and E are all antioxidants, but there are other things like sea buckthorn or ginger that also have the power to fight free radicals.
The Miracle Tea Recovery Creme formula uses a stabilized, long-release form of Vitamin C that is superior at strengthening and brightening skin. It keeps working its magic much longer than the ascorbic acid form of Vitamin C that is frequently featured in any hand cream by the average brand.
So how can you tell a quality hand cream or hand balm when you see it online?
Well, when it comes to the Miracle Tea Recovery Creme, you can always read through the plethora of positive feedback. The comments from any customer or reviewer reflect the effectiveness and verified skin-healing capabilities of this cream.
This non-greasy formula will leave your hands feeling luxurious. And one of the best things about this cream is that you can use it on other parts of your body to enhance beauty all over. It works on fine lines and wrinkles and is safe for sensitive skin.
Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm: an excellent anti-aging hand cream
The formula for the Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm brings together all the best that nature has to offer, making it one of the best anti-aging hand creams out there. In our humble opinion, it's really the absolute best due to some reasons we'll share below.
This hand balm can tackle cracked skin that comes with winter, or the dryness that many of us deal with year-round. It contains natural, hydrating ingredients like shea butter, candlenut, coconut, and buriti oils, which help the body defend itself against harsh conditions. This moisturizing lotion acts like an enzyme mask as it addresses some of the less fortunate features that come with age, like wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
Coconut oil is an incredibly nourishing part of the treatment, as it is rich in vitamin E, vitamin A and healthy fats that help moisturize the body. And when we're talking about an anti-aging hand cream, those things are critical.
This hand cream (as you may have guessed from the aforementioned vitamins) is packed with antioxidants that help to fade age spots and other tell-tale signs of premature aging.
This cream is ideal for sensitive and dry skin since it contains healing and calming elements like rice bran oil and rice starch. These are both Jamu-inspired ingredients that come from Indonesia's beautiful rice paddies. Jamu, an intentional beauty and wellness tradition originating in Indonesia, has recognized the power of rice products to treat stressed skin for centuries.
Shea butter and illipe butter round out this recipe and bring additional vitamin E into the mix, helping to smooth and soften the surface of the hands.
This cream absorbs quickly into the hands and doesn't leave you with that greasy feeling. That's always a good thing, because it lets you get back to what you were doing without sticking to everything along the way.
A natural scent that's sweet and earthy is one of the best features of this anti-aging hand cream, because it will make you want to reapply on your body every chance you get. You'll make your dermatologist proud when you put this on your hands.
Given the fact that JUARA never tests on animals, and the products are free of phthalates, parabens, and harsh chemicals, it's not surprising that this cream was the winner of Byrdie's Eco Beauty Award.
Healthy Hands Trio: the best way to cleanse & moisturize hands
Now more than ever, keeping hands clean is essential to our health. As we mentioned above, a lot of hand washing can be harsh on the skin. However, when you use the right product - or products - you can protect the hands and maintain healthy moisture levels.
JUARA's Healthy Hands Trio has three products: Candlenut Bar Soap, Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm, and the JUARA Hand Sanitizer.
Since we've already covered the many benefits of the coconut oil, rich Shea and Illipe butters, as well as other ingredients in the Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm, let's go ahead and get to the Candlenut Soap and JUARA Hand Sanitizer.
The Candlenut Bar Soap was specifically formulated to nourish dry skin. The mango and shea butter in this soap help create a creamy lather that not only cleanses the body, but brings a healthy amount of hydration.
You may not have known a bar soap could feel and smell this good, but it's one of the best natural bar soaps for that very reason. Still, it ultimately does the work a soap is meant to do - namely, taking down germs and doing away with dirt.
The FDA-approved JUARA Hand Sanitizer also kills germs with its advanced antimicrobial formula and non-sticky finish. It works quickly when you don't have soap and water to wash your hands, but doesn't dry you out.
Even so, you'll probably still want to apply a hand cream like the Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm because it just feels so good going on.
The Jamu tradition that inspires JUARA's products reminds us to take time for self-care and indulge in the delights of nature and beauty. Remember that hands do a lot of hard work and deserve a little love as well.
The last word: prevention
Since we've discussed what you can do to heal your skin, we just want to reiterate what you can do to protect it in the first place. Using broad-spectrum SPF is not only smart skincare - it makes for a more radiant skincare routine. You've seen what the sun can do to grapes, so take note, since you probably don't want your body to resemble a raisin.
As your dermatologist may often remind you, prevention and protection are super important to keep skin free of dark spots and other sun damage. In addition to sunscreen with SPF 40 or 50, you can also wear gloves and other protective clothing.
The "Ask a Dermatologist" video series from the American Academy of Dermatology provides some additional insight. Here's board-certified dermatologist Ivy Lee discussing what you can do to help your hands steer clear of sun exposure and address signs of aging.
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