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Get Your Hands in Their Best Shape Ever

Your hands are often the first spot on your body to show the signs of photoaging, not to mention the first to get really dry after months of hand sanitizing and washing. But get yourself into a bit of a routine—rich hand cream, silky sunscreen, moisturizing hand wash, and even (extra credit) some exfoliating—for smooth, plumped, soothed hands that look and feel fantastic.



Every time you go outside, your hands are exposed to UV light (they also get it inside, and when you’re driving). Most of us tend not to be as vigilant with sunscreen or moisturizer on our hands (as opposed to our faces), and our hands have less fat and fewer sebaceous glands than most of the body, which means they’re susceptible to both premature wrinkles and looking gaunt as we get older.

So by far the most effective way to keep your hands moisturized and youthful-looking is daily mineral sunscreen. There’s a new one designed specifically for hands; it’s a super luxurious version of something we’ve long been on the hunt for, from a new brand we love, Unsun. It was created by Katonya Breaux (who happens to be Frank Ocean’s mom) when she couldn’t find mineral sunscreens that blended seamlessly into Black skin. Her formulas blend into every skin tone in seconds, and the hand cream is something everyone should have in their bag.

  1. Silky (Mineral) Sunscreen
    and Hand Cream in One

    This sinks in instantly to all skin types and tones, softens, ultramoisturizes, and most importantly protects against UV rays—pure genius.

    UnSun Hand Cream SPF 15
    Unsun Hand Cream SPF 15 goop, $27



Loaded with firming oils and nourishing extracts, clean hand cream makes a major difference in terms of replenishing skin. (Conventional hand cream can be formulated with potentially health-harming cocktails of chemical preservatives and texturizers to make it seem moisturizing, rather than the actual ultramoisturizing good stuff.)

  1. Everything-You-Need
    Hand-Care Kit

    We love the faintly lingering vanilla-and-orange-peel scent.

    Grown Alchemist Hand Care Kit
    Grown Alchemist Hand Care Kit goop, $100
  2. Plumping Supercream with Hyaluronic Acid

    This has a plush consistency and sinks in instantly as the blend of firming ingredients goes to work.

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream goop, $65
  3. Ultramoisturizing Lotion for Hands and Body

    We keep this huge, gorgeous pump bottle sink-side and treat our skin throughout the day.

    Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Hand & Body Lotion
    Sangre de Fruta Garden of Earthly Delights Hand & Body Lotion goop, $93


Wash Up

What you choose to wash—or sanitize—with has a considerable impact on how your hands look and feel. Formulas that work without the stripping, drying detergents often found in conventional washes and sanitizers help keep the skin’s moisture barrier intact with botanical extracts, butters, and oils.

  1. Creamy Neroli-Scented Wash

    Swirled with detoxifying plant butters and moisturizing oils that lather beautifully, this hand cleanser thoroughly sweeps away grime and impurities.

    Sangre de Fruta Neroli Noir Hand Wash
    Sangre de Fruta Neroli Noir Hand Wash goop, $48
  2. Gentle (but Thorough) Sanitizer

    With 62 percent plant-based alcohol and marula and almond oils, this gel is germ-fighting magic (and it dries instantly).

    Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer
    Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer goop, $6
  3. Extra Credit: Exfoliate!

    Clearing away dead and damaged skin allows moisturizers to penetrate better into skin, and this helps reveal brighter tone beneath, too.

  4. Smoothing Body Scrub

    Alternately, do a little scrub for your hands whenever you’re in the shower. Massage the blend of powerfully moisturizing (and heavenly rosemary-and-grapefruit-scented) essential-oil-and-salt mixture over the tops of your hands.

    goop Beauty G.Tox 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub
    goop Beauty G.Tox 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub goop, $40
  5. Once-a-Week Chemical Peel

    When you’re doing a deep exfoliation with goop’s overnight peel, smooth the textured, rougher side of the pad over your hands before you finish to retexturize, brighten, and get your hands primed for moisturizing.

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid
    Overnight Glow Peel
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription