There’s been a fuss made lately about engagement ring selfies—you know, pictures of a woman’s left hand perfectly enhanced by an Instagram filter and adorned with a new sparkler—captioned with a proposal story.
And, now that hands are popping up all over social media feeds, beauty treatments for the busiest of body parts are, of course, also having a moment.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Davis Nguyen says he’s seeing an increase in the demand for cosmetic hand surgery because and an increase in demand for perfectly line-free, spot-free hands. “I see patients that not only want to restore youth and vitality to their face, but to other key areas of their bodies that show signs of age, particularly the hands,” he says. “As we age, the skin on the hands tends to lose volume and density, and is susceptible to showing sunspots and hyper-pigmentation. I also have seen a rise in the request for dermal fillers like Juvederm, to plump the thinned skin on the hands, helping them match a newly rejuvenated face.”
I haven’t scored a ring, so I haven’t posted an engagement ring selfie on IG myself (I haven’t posted a middle finger selfie in response to the trend, either, for what it’s worth) but I have become a tad more conscious of my hands and the signs of aging.
For me, surgery is too far a step to take—especially when today’s hand creams can keep my palms and digits prim and soft. What’s on the shelf today is superior to your Mom’s old school Nivea tube. Emollient butters and fatty acid rich oils found in the newest hand cream mixes help replenish lost moisture and keep skin in good form, especially when used consistently overnight. I’ve rounded up some of the best options out there (including one with an SPF) and ordered them from lightest to heaviest:
Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream ($24.95)
A great find at Whole Foods, this is a fantastic natural option with an herby scent from the geranium and citrus essential oils. It seeps into skin right away. The mineral-oil free cream is a favorite of travelers and I can see why; the slim tube is perfect for tossing into a carry-on.
Caldrea Basil Blue Sage Hand Balm ($10)
I’ve become a huge fan of Caldrea because their products are scented so deeply, I never feel like I’m getting gypped. The shea butter-based balm isn’t greasy and has the piney green freshness of basil that lingers. Think of this when you’ve got a case of floral fatigue.
Lalicious Sugar Kiss Hand Cream ($18)
I find Lalicious products hard to resist because they smell so damn delicious. This is no exception. If you’re into the strong cupcake kind of scent, this will be your holy grail. The cream is made with mango seed butter, which is highly emollient for drier hands and offers up some natural UV skin protection.
Lollia At Last Hand Crème ($24)
This is another non-greasy find but with a bit more moisturizing oomph. Scented with mimosas and magnolias, it’s pretty sweet but subtle. The macadamia and avocado oils bring the juice; both are rich in reparative fatty acids, which keep your weatherworn skin plump. After an overnight slather, my skin felts superbly velvety.
Perlier Imperial Honey Hand Cream ($23.95)
Organic honey—nature’s natural moisturizer—is the core ingredient in this thick cream. You’d think the heavier we go, the stickier we’ll get, but that’s not the case. You get a serious surge of moisture with this one as it also has almond oil to help the cream sink in. It doubles as a cuticle treatment, too.
Bliss Intensity Hand Cream ($18)
The granddaddy cream of the list, this is one dense, spa-like product, which leaves super dry hands feeling like they got a paraffin treatment. A little of this lemon-y scented cream goes a long way; a dab is all you need. If cracked hands or cuticles plague you, you’ll appreciate the dense richness from added coconut oil.
Deborah Lippmann ‘Rich Girl’ Hand Cream SPF 25 ($28)
I’m going to say it: Everyone needs this SPF coverage around town. It’s the only hand cream I found with a high, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Considering the perpetual mess on the 405 Freeway, my hands spend way more time in the sun than any other part of my body. Since I’m afraid I’ll become a Twitter meme if I wear gloves while driving (yes, I’ve considered it), this is the next best thing.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.