The winter season is upon us and it’s that time of the year where skin can get bad-tempered due to dryness. To prevent your hands from what the cold season brings, investing in a good dollop of hand creams is advised. Hand creams, as opposed to other types of lotion, tend to be richer, heavier, and full of moisture-binding ingredients that are designed to penetrate the skin of your palms to offer relief from drying.
The good ones on the market offer more than just relief from dryness, they also contain anti-aging ingredients, which is something we should all embrace no matter your age. Having a hand cream that’s full of moisture-binding ingredients, prevents, and treats signs of aging is a cult find and a good way to treat your hands because aging occurs in hands just as it does in our faces.
The skin in our hands also endure exposure to the sun, dry weather, and whatever mother nature brings. To turn back the time, and protect our hands from things like lack in humidity, the stripping of skin natural barrier due to continuous hand washing(let’s not forget the covid handwashing habit) along with the usage of high amount of hand sanitizers that’s full of alcohol. All these can also leave the skin in the hands red, itchy, flaky and can sometimes lead to sensitivities such as eczema.
There are many high-quality hand creams on the market right now that are nongreasy, long-lasting, multipurpose, and packed full of hydration-attracting ingredients. The main word to look out for when shopping for these hand creams is moisture thanks to ingredients like shea butter, hyaluronic acid, mango butter e.t.c.
To combat dryness without sacrificing hygiene, especially if you have sensitive reactive skin, investing in fragrance-free hand creams like Cerave soothing and repairing hand cream is a good option. it not only contains moisturizing agents like hyaluronic acid and ceramides to prevent aging, but it also helps to heal any flakes and chaps that have already occurred. For those looking for moisture without greasiness, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is something to opt for. And if you’re the type looking for a boost of moisture, Kiehl’s Ultimate Hand Salve will be perfect for you.
A quick tip: To give your hands the pampering they need and boost their moisture level, or in other words, to recover all the moisture lost over the week on your hands, using a hand mask every weekend will be a good way to pamper yourself during your self-care weekend. I believe adding hand masking to your self-care routine is a good habit to adopt.
A quick tip: Applying a thick layer of hand cream before bedtime will lock in the hydration overnight to give you smoother, happier hands come morning. Because nighttime skincare routine means your beauty products get to work well on your skin due to relaxed sleeping time.
The buying habit of these hand creams is to look for the ones with multipurpose character i.e. hydration, nongreasy, anti-aging. sun protection and treats cuticles all in one (if you can’t find them all in one, buy the ones that have the solution that you truly need) and buy at least two. Big size one for when at home, and a small size that can fit in your handbags when on the go(outside the house like work, social gatherings, or running errands).
Here are the 18 best ones on the market right now: