Dermatologists Reveal Their Most Highly Recommended Anti-Aging Hand Products

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This article first appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of NewBeauty. Click here to subscribe.

“Are hands the internet’s new selfie?” The New York Times posed the question last summer in response to the explosion of hands-only content online, including beauty’s beloved nail-art and unboxing videos. To keep your hands forever young, healthy and camera-ready, reach for these top sunscreens.

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Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50 ($55) is my favorite for anyone with a history of skin cancer or precancerous lesions because it contains phytolase, an enzyme that helps to reverse DNA mutations caused by sun exposure, plus antioxidants to prevent early signs of aging. It’s great for the face, but works especially well on the hands, too, as it’s water-resistant.” —Fresno, CA dermatologist Kathleen L. Behr, MD


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“I use EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 ($25) on my hands. With zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and vitamin C, it’s powerful but not sticky.” —New York dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD


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“Hands are so textural—it’s important to find a formula that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Because most people won’t tolerate a greasy feel on their hands, I recommend sticks, like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick SPF 70 ($11; SHOP NOW) and Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector WetForce SPF 50+ ($28; SHOP NOW).” —Medford, OR dermatologist Laurel Geraghty, MD 

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SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 ($68) packs antioxidants to help with skin repair in addition to providing protection from UVA, UVB and infrared rays.” —New York dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale, MD


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“I apply my regular daily sunscreen to the backs of my hands before heading out, rubbing it in well for a good base layer. Then, to make reapplication easier, I switch to a stick or powder formula, like Avène Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50+ ($16; SHOP NOW) or Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($65; SHOP NOW).” —Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Michael Kassardjian

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60 ($36; SHOP NOW) is water-resistant and offers broad-spectrum protection. On the go, I use Supergoop! Glow Stick SPF 50 ($25; SHOP NOW) because it’s easy to swipe on and there’s no white cast or unpleasant odor.” —New York dermatologist Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, MD

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