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Of all the precautions that go into sun protection, so many of us neglect sunscreen for our hands— the place that gets the most exposure all year round. We talk with them, tie our shoes with them, they help us stay upright on turbulent public transport and perhaps their most admirable trait—how would we eat tacos if not for hands? Seriously, for all of their work they get very little care in return, save for the occasionally mani.
Your hands however are one of the biggest giveaways in terms of premature aging. You know how people say that you can always tell a person’s age by looking at their hands? They’re not wrong. Think about it—if you subjected the skin on your face to the same things the skin on your hands deals with, your face would be pretty wrecked. Other than wrinkles, hands develop sun spots very easily—not to mention as you get older scars on your hands don’t heal very quickly at all. The best thing you can do for them is to provide the same protection you give your face on the daily—SPF. You already tote around a hand cream, so it may as well work for you.
The name says it all here—Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream with SPF 15 does for your hands, what any hyperpigmentation remedy would do for your face. If you’ve got them, this hand cream can blur those dark spots out of your hands while protecting them from future ones. (Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF 15, $15 for 1oz, Clinique.com)
If you’ve ever wanted rich girl hands to go with your rich girl hair, this is the quintessential hand cream for you. Deborah Lippmann knows manis, so this super-nourishing hand cream with SPF is like a protective spa for your thirsty hands. Your cuticles will love you for this, we promise. (Deborahh Lippmann Rich Girl Hand Cream SPF 25, $28, Deborahlippmann.com)
L’Occitane’s Brightening Hand Care is what you’d use if you love a light fresh scent and a totally non-greasy light hand lotion. We hoard L’Occitane’s concoctions for their addicting scents so it’s a big relief that they also work really well. (L’Occitane Brightening hand Care SPF 20, $24, L’Occitane)
Neutrogena’s already popular “Norwegian Formula” line gives us yet another must-have product. It’s the drugstore super-star in terms of sun protection, moisturizing hand care that also works to improve skin texture and tone. We’ll take two. (Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25, $7.29, Beautyspin.com)
If there’s one thing we know about Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice, she is militant about SPF. So going to the expert on skin care for your best protection measures is just a no-brainer. This hand cream has a whopping SPF 30, plus antioxidants. Good luck getting through, UV rays. (Paula’s Choice Resist Ultimate Anti-Aging Hand Cream, $13, Paulaschoice.com)
For the serious sun-phobic, Supergoop! is serving you SPF 40 with this hand cream. You could probably use it on the rest of your body too, since the sea buckthorn contained in it has multiple skin-nourishing benefits. (Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream With Sea Buckthorn, $12 for 1oz, Supergoop.com)