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Your Hands Deserve a Skincare Routine

by Isabel Burton

Arguably the most exposed and engaged parts of our bodies, hands are typically overlooked and under-nurtured.  Innovative beauty brands, such as PAUME, are changing this reality and introducing targeted products like hand serums, masks, and anti-agers designed to address the unique challenges of hand skin with as much rigor and intention as we do for our complexions. “Given the constant exposure to UV rays and pollution, our hands endure a daily assault that leads to dark spots, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity,” says Jody Comstock, MD, an Arizona-based Board-Certified Dermatologist. As a general protocol, Dr. Comstock recommends washing hands with a medical grade facial wash such as Skinbetter Science Oxygen Infusion Wash and applying sunblock, like Sunbetter Tone Smart. “For daily skin repair, I love products with retinoids, antioxidants, peptides, and collagen stimulators,” she says. “And for bigger impact, hyaluronic acid fillers RHA by Revance are very successful for replacing volume loss. They add a soft plumping that lessons the appearance of veins.”

As hand care is becoming recognized as an essential aspect of overall skin health and aging prevention, a number of cool brands are creating hand-specific products—here are some of our favorites.

PAUME Renewing Hand Serum

Crafted with a blend of brightening Vitamin C, moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid, smoothing Niacinamide, exfoliating Bakuchiol Extract, age spot reducing Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, and other skin-loving ingredients, this serum is the culmination of over a year's dedicated research to specifically target and combat hyperpigmentation, brown spots, loss of elasticity, and fine lines. Encased in air-restrictive packaging, its highly-active formula takes a nature-plus-science approach to hydrate and plump the skin so it’s luminous and even-toned. Founder Amy Welsman is passionate about creating a luxurious, sensory experience that leaves hands rejuvenated and visibly younger-looking.

BioEffect EGF Hand Serum

BioEffect's approach to hand care harnesses the power of Barley EGF, Niacinamide, Ceramide, and Hyaluronic Acid to create a serum that deeply nourishes and protects the skin. The EGF Hand Serum provides instant hydration while significantly improving the skin's barrier function over time, plus combats environmental stressors and pollution. The gel formula is designed to absorb quickly, leaving hands feeling smooth without getting greasy. It’s ideal for mature skin, since it tackles dryness, hyperpigmentation, and dullness, making it a holistic treatment for resilient hands.

Medik8 H.E.O. Balm

This product is a masterclass in moisture, specifically formulated for severely dry skin. Its unique formula, which combines humectants, emollients, and occlusives, offers a three-tiered approach to hydration, providing a robust protective barrier that gives you long-lasting moisturization and relief from irritation, in addition to improving the skin's overall appearance, texture, and health. 

Melach 33 Luxe CBD Body Butter

It’s not specifically a hand-only treatment, but it is an absolute skin-saver. The pioneering lotion combines the soothing properties of full-spectrum CBD with the hydrating queen bee: Hyaluronic Acid. It also contains the anti-oxidant benefits of Pomegranate Seed, Grape seed, and Sweet Almond oils, and the mineral-rich boon of Dead Sea minerals. Its award-winning formula is designed to be nutrients for the skin while delivering calming and anti-inflammatory benefits. It absorbs quickly, so your skin feels soft, supple, and revitalized without any greasiness.  

Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Treatment

The anti-aging hand treatment leverages Retinol, biotech Pseudo-Collagen, and Shea Butter to brighten sun spots, re-elasticise, and deeply moisturize the skin. Formulated in a Swiss lab (so we have science on our side here!), they’ve engineered encapsulated packaging of retinol to ensure targeted delivery and efficacy, making it a potent over-night treatment for refreshing and revitalizing the hands, and for turning back the clock.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Hand Therapy

This luxurious, multi-tasking formula is infused with Shea Butter, Phospholipids, and Glycine, to not only moisturize, but also strengthen the skin's barrier (important for workhorses like our hands that combat the elements daily) and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost elasticity, and fade discoloration. Its fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula means your hands are transformed back to being soft, smooth, and renewed. 

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