Recently a friend posted a comment on Facebook about how old her hands were looking and she had never noticed until now. That’s how aging is, it just sneaks up on ya then BAM you look 80. 😉 Ok maybe not 80, but you know what I mean.
I commented to her that she should try a hand lotion with sunscreen and she mentioned that hadn’t ever even crossed her mind but she would look out for some.
Hands and necks are the places where aging tends to show up first because a lot of people use sunscreen on their face then forget everywhere else. Also people are loathe to constantly apply lotion on their hands after washing them. I get it, it’s a pain. Just like brushing your teeth or flossing or washing your face. But if you don’t want to look way older than your age, you might wanna start oh say NOW.
It got me thinking about hand care in general and some rules I kind of live by. Especially now that I started doing nail swatches SUPER up close, I like to take care of my hands and nails as much as possible. I use hand lotion about 20 billion times a day, but I realized none of the 30+ types I have actually contain sunscreen!
Then this past weekend I discovered something after visiting 6 drug stores including Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. It’s damn HARD to find a hand lotion with sunscreen in it! Now I’m not talking straight-up sunscreen, because wearing that on your hands can be a greasy, sticky, yucky matter, and I hate the feeling of it myself.
No, I’m talking a nice creamy regular hand lotion but with sunscreen in it. I looked at what seemed like 100 different types and not a single one (cruelty-free or otherwise) had sunscreen in it. What’s up with that?
I know it is out there but it seems it’s not easy to find. I also know you can definitely find it at places like Sephora or Ulta or online, but that’s not as easy sometimes as your local drug store.
I asked people on Twitter what their favorite ones were and here are some responses:
Glove Me Tender from Bath & Body Works with an SPF of 15
Lavanila SPF 30 Body Cream (used as hand lotion)
Lippmann Rich Girl with an SPF of 25
Robanda Hand Cream with an SPF of 20
Neutrogena Age Shield Hand Cream with SPF of 30 (not cruelty-free)
Palmers Therapeutic Hand Cream with Cocoa Butter with an SPF of 8
So here are some of my tips to keep your hands looking their most youthful.
- Use hand lotion with sunscreen every single time you are outside or in the sun through a window for more than a couple minutes (You are not necessarily protected even if you are behind glass: cars are one of the places people get the most day-to-day sun damage). Most skin damage occurs from short daily trips here and there. It all adds up people!
- Use hand lotion after every time you wash your hands.
- Try not to use anti-bacterial gel too much because it contains alcohol which dries out your hands. Washing with warm water and soap is JUST as effective and less likely to cause a strain of germs to rise up against us and kill us all. ;D If you use one you can try some of them that are actually lotion with anti-bacterial stuff in them, like essence of Beauty at CVS.
- When doing any rough yard work, packing boxes, etc., always wear work gloves.
- When washing dishes or using any chemical cleaners, etc., wear gloves. Water and detergents from cleaning products dry your hands out BADLY therefore making them look older.
- Massage cuticle balm or oil into your cuticles before going to bed which helps your cuticles stay moisturized and improves the overall look of your hands. My favorite is LUSH Lemony Flutter.
- Even if you aren’t into manicures or nail polish, keep your nails all one length and make sure edges are smooth and even. Your hands can be the softest in the world but if your nails are multiple lengths and snaggy, that is the first thing everyone will notice and it’s very unattractive.
- Once a week (but no more) you can use a nail buffer to help file away ridges, smooth your nails and give them some shine.
- Once every couple weeks I like to use a scrub on my hands like CND Almond Moisture Scrub. It smells AMAZING and leaves hands feeling super soft. Same with their Almond Illuminating Masque.
- Whenever possible, wear oven mitts on your hands to protect them from the outside world ala George Costanza. Kidding, just wanted to see if you made it this far.
I hope that was somewhat helpful! Have you found a hand lotion with sunscreen that you love? If so, share with us!