The Anti-Aging Product You Didn’t Know You Needed
These days, most of us apply some form of sunscreen to our face, and maybe even our neck on a good day — but too often are our hands neglected, even though they get a ton of daily exposure. “Sun protection is important for your hands, both medically and cosmetically,” says Dr. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology, because it can help prevent skin cancer, dark spots and fine lines.
Your hands, by the way, are one of the fastest agers. “The hands and feet have the least amount of subcutaneous fat … so, they age more rapidly,” explains board-certified Miami Skin Institute dermatologist Dr. Manjula Jegasothy. This makes proper sun protection all the more important. After all, your hands often get way more sun exposure than the rest of your body — especially when you’re driving. If you don’t protect them, they’re a dead giveaway of your age.
It’s never too early to start taking care of your hands, insists Jegasothy. “Often, by the time a patient comes to me for aging-hands issues, it’s already late,” she says. “I tell people it would be ideal if you started using sunscreen on your hands daily from when you’re a young adult or a middle teen.”
Luckily, hand creams with SPF are here to save the day — and they’ll kill two birds with one stone: dry skin and sun damage. Keep reading to browse our top SPF hand creams picks — from no-frills drugstore options, to damask rosewater-infused high-end picks that help fight the signs of aging. And, here’s a tip: once you have your SPF picked out, Dr. Fusco recommends storing it “virtually everywhere” — including your bag, your desk, your pocket, your glove compartment, and even at the gym, so you can reapply often.
Article by Rosie Narasaki