Our hands don't always get the most protection in the winter months, save from being shoved in pockets, or wrapped in a cozy pair of gloves. While we often recognize the importance of layering serums, moisturizers, and protective sunscreens on our faces, many dermatologists say the same methods can be applied to the skin on our fingers and hands, too. "I think hands are the next frontier," dermatologist and founder of Idriss Dermatology in New York City Shereene Idriss tells BAZAAR.com. "First it was the face, then the neck and the chest, and now we're moving on to hands—I'm happy that people are finally catching up." Since our hands are used for just about everything, frequent wear-and-tear can strip away their natural skin barrier, and increase their need for moisture to help repair it.
The skin on your hands is much thinner than what's on your face and more surprisingly more sensitive, which is why we should pay extra special attention to its care. "The hands experience skin aging in the same way that our face, neck and décolleté do, and in fact, it is often said that you can tell someone’s age just by looking at their hands," explains dermatologist Marisa Garshick. "This is because not only is the skin on the top of the hands very delicate and can more easily show signs of aging. The hands are often neglected when it comes to regular sun protection and the cumulative UV exposure over time can lead to skin changes. For this reason there are some hand creams designed to specifically target anti-aging concerns," she adds. Although the same anti-aging ingredients used in face products can also work for the hands, the concentration and combination of ingredients in each may vary.
To help you find the best anti-aging hand creams to use for supreme hydration and winter-proof protection, we asked a few dermatologists about some of their favorites to recommend to clients, or use themselves to combat seasonal dryness. Read on for 17 of the best hand creams for this season and beyond, below.