Is it me or is it hard to find a hand cream with SPF?
Like your hands are one of the few body areas exposed to the sun EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Skip the SPF and, no matter how many lotions and potions you slather on your face to turn back the clock, your hands’ll give away your real age.
That’s why I always keep a tube of Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25 in my bag. I bring it with me everywhere, so I can reapply it whenever I need to.
Here’s why I like it so much:
Key Ingredients In Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25
Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene, a natural component of your skin’s sebum.
You know what this means? Your skin recognises it, so it absorbs super quickly. It’s suitable for ALL skin types. And it’s super moisturising.
Squalane creates a barrier on the skin that slows down water loss, helping to keep your hands soft and supple for longer – without leaving a greasy residue behind.
I guess that’s why it’s in Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25. The last thing you want is wait 20 minutes for your hand cream to absorb – and leave greasy footprints everywhere while it does so!
The best part? Squalane is the only oil that’s non-comedogenic.
On the downside, it’s one of the few oils without antioxidants. But hey, you can’t have everything, right?
Shea butter is a fat derived from the nut of the Shea tree.
This butter is rich in fatty acids (oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acid) that make it super moisturising.
Like squalane, fatty acids create a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Shea butter has so many, it’s even better than mineral oil at moisturising skin.
I know a lot of you hate mineral oil, but derms still think it’s the gold standard for moisturization. Now you can tell them there’s something better. 😉
FYI, the moisturising effects of Shea butter “peak after 1 hour and persist for 8. In other words, you don’t need to reapply it that often.
Shea butter, not Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25. This baby may keep your skin moisturised for hours, but the SPF protection vanishes way before that. If you want to keep your hands as young as your face, reapply it often!
Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Shea Butter
Glycine Soya Extract
Did you know that soya can help reduce dark spots?
Granted, there’s not too much of it in Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25 AND it’s not as effective as hydroquinone anyway, so don’t expect to see results after a couple of days.
But, every little bit helps. Used several times a day, it may just help fade those dark spots a little.
Plus, it has moisturising and soothing properties to boot. Even if it doesn’t get rid of dark spots as quickly as you’d like, it still makes up for it in other ways. 🙂
Thanks the SPF for the antiaging properties of Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25.
This cream doesn’t have that many antioxidants to fight free radicals. Instead, it uses UV filters to protect your from the sun’s UV rays and prevent them from generating free radicals in the first place.
It uses synthetic UV filters (homosalate, avobenzone and octocrylene) to do the job. Not the best news if your skin is sensitive and can’t tolerate synthetic UV filters.
Plus, they don’t last that long. In the heat of summer, the sun protection they provide runs out after a mere couple of hours. That’s because every time they’re hit by UV rays they degrade and lose a bit of their effectiveness (it’s the price to pay to render those pesky UV rays harmless).
In winter, when the sun isn’t as bright and often hiding behind thick layers of clouds, you can get away with reapplying the hand cream a little less often.
Still, the more religious you are with reapplication, the slower your hands are gonna age. 🙂
Related: Is Avobenzone Bad For Skin?
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
You’d think the mix of Shea butter and squalane would make Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25 a thick, greasy mess. Wrong.
This hand cream has a lightweight consistency that sinks in immediately without any greasy residue whatsoever (well, unless you apply WAY too much).
I slather it on and two seconds later I can type away at my laptop, put on a smart dress or whatever without the fear of leaving a trail of oily footprints everywhere. Phew!
In spring and summer (when I use this hand cream the most), it does a great job at moisturising my skin and keeping my hands soft and supple.
In winter when my hands dry and crack like the Sahara desert, I need something richer to keep my hands in top shape. But, I don’t give up on this hand cream completely.
I still use it during the day to protect my hands from UV rays and, as soon as the sun comes down and I don’t need to worry about sun damage anymore, I switch to a richer cream.
Mind you, if your skin isn’t as dry as mine, you may get away with using just Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25 all year long.
What about dark spots? I don’t have any yet so I can’t vouch for how well this hand cream gets rid of them. Give it a go and, if you’re not happy with the results, you can layer it over a hydroquinone cream.
Available at: £4.79 at Boots
Have you tried Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Homosalate, Dimethicone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Steareth-2, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Linseed Acid, PEG-8 Laurate, Poloxamer 338, Polysorbate 60, Steareth-21, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Mica, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum