If You're Not Using Hand Cream It's Time to Start Now
You’re practically religious when it comes to applying moisturizer to your face, but what about your hands? Even though hydration is key from head (to hands) to toe, if we polled our readers by a show of hands (the obvious method in this case), we have a feeling more than a few would say they skip right over hand cream in their skin care routines. If you aren’t using hand cream, it’s about time to start. Don’t believe us? Then you’ll want to keep reading, as we’re about to reveal exactly why hand cream should be part of your regular skin care routine. Plus, we’re lending a helping hand (pun intended) and sharing the best tips for getting the most out of your hand cream, along with a few of our favorites from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
Why Hand Cream Deserves a Spot in Your Beauty Routine
If your beauty regimen is lacking a hand lotion or cream, let’s change that. Not so sure it’s necessary? Allow us to tell you why it is. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hands may disproportionately show your age. This is because many of us focus our anti-aging attention to our faces and forget about our paws. And of course, as we know, moisturizing plays a key role in any anti-aging routine. Doesn’t that make you want to rush off to cover your hands in hand cream straight away? Us too—but stick around a little longer. The AAD suggests always applying a nourishing hand cream formulated with SPF after washing your hands. That’s the ticket to happy—and youthful-looking—hands.
Our Best Tips for Using Hand Cream
Yes, smoothing on a hand cream is pretty simple—you just need to coat your hands in the delightful cream of your choosing—but you can employ these tips to maximize on moisture.
1. Get wet first! You may have heard this tip in terms of hydrating your face, and the same goes for your hands. The AAD says that the best time to moisturize (and that includes applying hand cream) is when your skin is wet to attract more moisture. After washing your hands, instead of drying off right away, go ahead and slather them in a moisturizing cream. And if your hands are feeling dry on an occasion when you don’t need to wash them, go ahead and splash them with a bit of water first.
2. Wear gloves. Worried about rubbing off all your precious hand cream while you sleep? Here’s a trick to try: apply a generous amount of hand cream as per usual, then put on a pair of cotton gloves. You may feel a little silly slipping between the sheets, but it’ll be well worth it when you finally toss those gloves aside once you wake.
3. Don’t overlook fingernails. There’s no need to be stingy with your hand cream. Show your nails and cuticles some love, too. Whenever you’re using a hand lotion or cream, Mayo Clinic recommends rubbing it into your fingernails and cuticles to help moisturize and keep nails looking their very best.
Our Favorite Hand Creams
We couldn’t sing the virtues of hand cream and then leave you without a single recommendation—or four—now could we? Give our favorites, from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands, a try to start pampering your hands.
CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
This non-irritating, water-resistant and fragrance-free hand cream helps to restore and protect skin from harmful irritants. Meant for normal to dry skin, you’ll love the formula, which contains ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.
CeraVe Therapeutric Hand Cream, $6.59 MSRP
Carol’s Daughter Karité Coco Intensive Hand Cream
Blended with shea butter, coconut oil and carefully-selected ingredients, this velvety, ultra-rich cream instantly moisturizes dry, parched skin all day. Made with love, it melts into skin—leaving it feeling silky soft and not greasy.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Formulated for the driest, most active hands, this heavy-duty moisture treatment is a thick, rich formula offering all-day care and protection to hands. Made with a blend of botanical oils and a natural wax derived from olive oil, skin is left soothed, moisturized, and conditioned.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $15 MSRP
Lancome Absolue Hand
Specifically formulated to address the signs of aging skin on the hands, this hand cream—with Broad Spectrum SPF 15—can not only help moisturize delicate skin, but it can also help protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Win-win.
Lancome Absolue Hand, $52 MSRP