Whoever first noted that you can tell a person’s age by their hands was incredibly rude. Unfortunately, they were also correct. Understandably, our hard-working hands take a bit of a beating. But I just think it’s a fabulous sign of a life well-lived. That said, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little preventative action. So let’s take a peek at some of the best anti-aging hand creams, shall we?

True story: my 94-year-old grandmother has the most rigorous hand maintenance regime of anyone I know. She’s meticulous about daily SPF, slathers her sweet little paws with thick, luxurious anti-aging hand creams multiple times a day, and places her hands in her lap, palms up, when sitting outdoors. I can honestly say her hands are gorgeous—nary a sunspot or crepey skin to be found.

All this to say: anti-aging hand creams work! They are chock-full of powerful active ingredients that are similar, if not identical, to the ingredients we love to slather on our faces, but with one advantage—hands have the ability to tolerate much thicker, heavier creams than our faces do. So when you literally lay it on thick, your hands are gulping down high quantities of the good stuff. Sounds excellent to me! Just make sure you don’t forget and touch your face after applying a thick cream, otherwise, you can count the minute until a pimple appears.

Keep reading for the best anti-aging hand creams under $20

Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream

If it’s deep hydration you’re looking for, then this hand cream can’t be missed. It’s a rich and nourishing lotion that repairs dry, cracked hands and nails.

Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream, $15

tenoverten Hand Restorative Cream

Formulated with one of our skincare faves, hyaluronic acid, this cream is full of antioxidants and fatty acids that soften, smooth, and help protect the skin against environmental stressors.

tenoverten Hand Restorative Cream, $16

Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

This cream features a rich, fast-absorbing blend of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. Vitamin A, vitamin E, and wheat germ oils deliver a moisture boost for silky-soft hands.

Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, $8

Sur Medic Super Ceramide 100 Intense Protection Hand Cream

Five types of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter replenish, condition, and lock in hydration and transform dry, rough skin. The addition of adenosine targets and prevents fine lines and signs of aging on the hands. 

Sur Medic Super Ceramide 100 Intense Protection Hand Cream, $10

Scroll on to discover our under-$50 faves

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Hand Therapy

This cream is specially formulated to support visible signs of youthful-looking hands. It dramatically improves the look of thin, crepey, and delicate skin, leaving it smoother and firmer.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Hand Therapy, $29

Osea Anti-Aging Hand Cream

 This antioxidant-rich formula hydrates and brightens dark spots. Wild Gigartina seaweed protects skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving hands silky and smooth.

Osea Anti-Aging Hand Cream, $38

Agustinus Bader The Hand Treatment

So this cream is not technically under $50, but since it landed right on the number it felt right to place it here. It’s a first-of-its-kind anti-aging treatment for hands that soothes, softens, and serves as a natural antiseptic.

Agustinus Bader The Hand Treatment, $50

Elemis Revitalise-Me Hand & Body Lotion

This lush and invigorating hand lotion deeply moisturizes and leaves the skin feeling satin-soft and silky-smooth. Bonus: it smells heavenly.

Elemis Revitalise-Me Hand & Body Lotion, $32

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen Hand Cream

This active vegan collagen-packed hand cream brightens skin, improves tone, and reduces the appearance of dark spots.

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen Hand Cream, $38

Take a look at these gorgeous creams under $100

Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Hand Cream

Treat your hands to this ultra-luxe cream. It’s formulated with niacinamide, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants, and rich, buttery oils.

Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Hand Cream, $82

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream

Dr. Sturm knows best! The potent anti-aging ingredients protect the body’s hardest-working skin. The rich texture absorbs quickly, improves elasticity, and prevents the hands from drying out, leaving them soft, supple, and intensely hydrated.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream, $65

Jan Marini Marini ReNu Corrective Hand Complex

This retinol-infused cream targets fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing hands with deeply hydrating ingredients.

Jan Marini Marini ReNu Corrective Hand Complex, $80

3LAB Perfect Hand Cream

This omega-rich cream relieves dryness and promotes elasticity while hyaluronic acid reinforces the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Lactic acid creates a smooth texture and reduces hyperpigmentation, and green tea extract neutralizes free radicals.

3LAB Perfect Hand Cream, $80

La Mer The Hand Treatment

Does it get any more luxurious than La Mer? This intensely hydrating, silky cream helps restore skin’s natural moisture on contact. It helps heal dry, vulnerable hands while the proprietary formula improves radiance.

La Mer The Hand Treatment, $95

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