10 Hand Masks We Love (Because Your Hands Wrinkle Too)

Apart from our faces, the skin on our hands is the most exposed to environmental stressors on a daily basis. From hand washing to UVA/UVB rays to daily wear and tear, our hands go through the wringer. The underside (or the palmar surface) is quite thick and resilient, but the upper side (the dorsal surface) is inherently thin and continues to lose collagen and elastin as we age. We also start to see less activity from the sebaceous glands. All this is to say the skin becomes drier and weaker, leading to the eventual development of wrinkles.

In fact, the skin on our hands is so telling that one study found that participants were able to accurately guess the ages of women by looking at unaltered photos of just their hands. According to researchers, "Fullness and a lack of wrinkles and veins characterized the youngest-looking hands." Hence using collagen-boosting, moisturizing products will help reverse translucency and smooth signs of skin degradation. So in addition to lathering up with hand cream and SPF, you might also consider a treatment method that concentrates the best skin-loving ingredients on your digits, minus the mess. Meet hand masks, the at-home, spa-like experience that keeps your hands looking younger longer (and are fun to use). Below, our favorite variations.