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Best Hand Cream for Dry Hands

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If you’ve ever experienced dry (or cracked) hands, then you’ll know all too well just how uncomfortable (and often painful) they can be.  And it’s not just those who use their hands for work that suffer— it can affect us all. Genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors can all contribute to painful mitts. 

A good hand moisturiser can go a long way to keeping the signs of dry skin at bay. But with so many products to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. 

So we’ve done the hard work for you and created a guide that only includes the things that matter—and it’s not the fancy packaging. 

 

Why do we get cracked hands?

Unfortunately, dry air and dry hands go hand in hand making winter a particularly tricky time of year.  But low humidity levels are certainly not the only factor to consider.  Washing our hands is hygienic but excessive cleaning can strip our skin of its natural oils leaving them dry and defenceless— not great news if you’re a nurse, builder, or hairdresser. Plus dehydration, stress and certain medical conditions (like eczema and psoriasis) can all contribute. 

What makes a good hand cream?

When it comes to choosing a hand cream, it’s the ingredients that count. Look out for products that contain:

  • Humectants – pull in moisture from the environment to increase the skin’s water content, these include; glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, propylene glycerol, urea and lactic acid.
  • Emollients – help lubricate the surface of the skin. Common emollients to look out for include; paraffin, jojoba oil, isopropyl palmitate and glycerol stearate to name a few. 

 

How often should you be using hand cream? 

Compared to other areas of the body, our hands get more exposure to water, irritants and the elements, so they need the most regular protection. As a general rule, hand cream should be applied after you have washed your hands, following a shower and before bed. Choosing a hand cream that is packed with moisturising ingredients, like our Working Hands, means that a little should go a long way. 

Don’t think that just because you’ve never had dry skin, you can skip regular hand cream use. Dry skin can strike at any time and at any age. A good hand cream will keep your hands looking young and feeling pain free for a longer.