Have you ever felt that your hands need a little pick-me-up? This article will teach you the basics of hand cream, how to use it, and what makes a good hand cream.
Why Your Hands Feel Dry or Rough
First, let’s talk about why your hands might feel dry or rough. Most people don’t realize that moisture from the air accumulates on their skin all day long. This is because water evaporates very slowly through the outer layer of the skin due to its slow circulation through enmeshed cells in this layer. Furthermore, just being in contact with things like soap or hot dishwater speeds up evaporation rates even more! The result is dry skin for most people almost everywhere on the body except for areas that are always under clothing or where you constantly apply a cream or emollient.
If your hands feel dry, you might use a hand lotion, which is a skin moisturizer that typically contains added oils and/or other ingredients to make it thicker, softer, more easily absorbed by the skin, etc., compared to plain hand creams. You can also wear gloves when doing anything that will dry out your hands – dishwashing, bathing the children, taking care of pets etc.
Benefits of Hand Cream
Unlike hand lotions, which are typically oil-based or water-based emulsions of oils and water mixed with thickening agents to give them the desired thickness. Hand creams contain little oils and contain mostly ingredients that attract moisture (water, glycerin) and ingredients that stop it from leaving your skin (Petrolatum). Petrolatum is usually one of the top 3 ingredients listed in most commercial creams because its the only ingredient on earth that can effectively prevent evaporation at extreme low temperatures – down to -40°C. This means it’s incredibly effective under gloves, boots, mittens, etc., where the rest of your body loses heat.
Where Hand Cream Is Applied
Hand creams are usually applied to the hands and lower arms, although there is no reason why you can’t apply it to other parts of your body that need moisturizing (chapped lips, dry skin patches on your elbows, feet).
It should be applied as soon as you start feeling your hands getting rough and dry, but not so often that the cream has time to settle into your skin before you wash it off.
How To Apply Hand Cream
The best way to apply hand cream is by massaging the cream into your hands and lower arms until they absorb it fully. This process can be done immediately after washing up, while wearing gloves (household chores), or at night time before bed. When applying hand cream at night, I recommend doing this right before bed so that the cream has time to sit on your skin all night and promote prolonged hydration of your skin.
Ingredients of Hand Creams
Hand creams come in all shapes and sizes (and prices). The fancy ones like Finchberry Hand Cream contain really natural ingredients like:
Aqua (Deionized Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Sterate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Olea Europa (Olive) Oil.
At the end of a long day, your hands might be feeling dry and cracked. The best way to avoid that is by using hand cream like our premium product, Hand Cream! Our natural formula provides instant relief for even the most sensitive skin types without any harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. It’s also designed to keep working for up to 24 hours so you can apply it once in the morning and not have to worry about it again until bedtime.