Our hands are our tools. From carrying out everyday tasks at home, at work and in the garden, our hands are much more exposed to damage than any other part of our body. Water, chemicals and the sun are the main causes of damage to our hands and they are also one of the first places to show any signs of ageing.
The benefits of using hand cream
It’s important that we don’t neglect our hands as they can quickly become dry, cracked and painful. In fact, one of the best things you can do for your hands is to moisturise them throughout the day and there are huge benefits of using hand cream. Although any cream or lotion will do, using a cream specially formulated for hands is the best way to repair and restore damaged hands.
A little bit about our hands…
Our skin is our defensive barrier and when the hands lose their natural moisturising oils, they need to be replenished. The skin on the back of our hands is some of the thinnest, most fragile skin on our body and so it needs the most care. It’s one of the first places wrinkles appear and this area becomes very dry very quickly.
In comparison, the skin on our palms is much thicker and offers a bit more protection. As the skin is thicker, however, it is much more difficult for a moisturiser to penetrate. Hand creams, as opposed to other types of lotion, tend to be richer and full of moisture binding ingredients designed to penetrate the skin of your palms.
Our hands, in particular the backs of our hands, are also regularly exposed to harmful UV rays. Hand lotions can benefit the skin by protecting it with sunscreen, which helps prevent skin cancer and brown age spots.
What type of lotion should you use on your hands?
As our hands require a different type of care, hand creams tend to differ from those that you may use on your face or other parts of your body. You want a moisturiser that is chock full of beneficial nutrients to help keep the back of your hands protected and prevent ageing, such as Nivea Hand Age Defying Q10 Plus Cream. Just don’t forget to also try one that has the ability to properly moisturise the palms of your skin too – try out the trusted Astral Moisturiser for its rich, protective formulation.
Select a hand cream with SPF 15, or higher, to help protect your hands from exposure to the sun’s damaging rays. Also make sure it is one that sinks in quickly, meaning it can be used throughout the day without your hands feeling claggy or greasy. Also, make sure you look out for a hand cream with ingredients such as Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Essential Oils and Glycerin, which will add much needed moisture to your skin. Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream certainly is rich in Shea Butter to nourish your skin!
Infusions of certain ingredients can also benefit your hands. For example, different herbs can help with specific ailments, complaints or issues. Try Atrixo Enriched Moisturising Hand Cream as it contains natural camomille to help sooth your skin.
Lavender and clove are known to aid pain relief; peppermint and sage have vitamin A, which nourishes the skin; and rose hips and dandelion contain Vitamin E.
Whichever type you choose, whether it’s scented or unscented, the benefits of using hand cream are countless. If you include applying hand cream into your everyday beauty regime, it will help make your skin, smoother and younger looking.
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