Why You Should Add Hand Cream to Your Beauty Routine, ASAP
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We know you’re religious about applying moisturizer on your face, but what about your hands? Now that you’re applying a steady stream of soap and hand sanitizer to them, keeping hands hydrated and happy is even more important. To help you keep your hands nourished as you amp up your hygiene practices, we’re sharing the best tips for using hand cream — plus offering some of our favorite hand lotion product recommendations.
The Best Tips for Using Hand Cream
We know smoothing on a hand cream is pretty simple, there are certain things you can do to maximize the moisture.
Tip #1: Moisturize Immediately After Your Shower
The best time to moisturize is when your skin is wet to help it attract more moisture. Now, you’ve probably heard of this trick when moisturizing your body, but you should note that it also works wonders for your hands. After washing your hands, instead of drying off right away, go ahead and lather them in a hydrating hand cream.
Tip #2: Wear Gloves Overnight
Struggle with very dry hands? Try applying a generous amount of hand cream, then put on a pair of cotton gloves before bed. You might feel a little funny when your hands are slipping and sliding within your gloves but it will be well worth it in the morning when your hands feel ultra-hydrated.
Tip #3: Don’t Neglect Your Fingernails
Show your nails and cuticles some love by moisturizing them whenever you use a hand cream or lotion. Working the product into your fingernails and cuticles helps moisturize and keeps your nails looking their very best.
Our Favorite Hand Creams
Kiehl's Ultimate Hand Salve
Formulated for the driest hands, this heavy-duty moisture treatment is a thick, rich formula that offers all-day care and protection. Made with a blend of botanical oils and a natural wax derived from olive oil, it leaves skin soothed, moisturized and conditioned.
Lancôme Hand Absolue
Specifically formulated to address the signs of aging skin on the hands, this hand cream not only helps to moisturize delicate skin, but it can also help protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays thanks to the inclusion of broad-spectrum SPF 15.
CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
This non-irritating, water-resistant and fragrance-free hand cream helps to restore and protect your skin from harmful irritants. Meant for normal to dry skin, the formula is made with beneficial ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair
This lotion is your friendly reminder to give all parts of your body anti-aging love and attention, especially your hands. It’s specifically formulated for those forgotten areas that are exposed to UV rays and works to fade the look of sun damage while improving the overall texture of your skin.
Sparitual Hand Serum
Opt for this hand serum if you don’t like the feel of hand creams with thicker formulas. This lightweight serum nourishes, repairs and slows the signs of aging on your hands thanks to the inclusion of ancient healing ingredients such as pumpkin fruit extract, licorice root and Swiss apple stem cells.
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