Caring for your hands is imperative. They’re the tools we work with every day, after all. And seeing so much action can wear heavily on these precious tools.
Manual labor certainly takes its toll on our hands, leaving them dirty and calloused. But also, every time you wash your hands or take a shower, your skin is stripped of its natural oils which are essential for keeping it elastic and moist. Without them, skin can become dry and cracked. It’s essential to replenish these oils shortly after washing your hands or post-shower with a good hand moisturizer. If you’ve got sensitive skin like me, you already know that the need to keep your hands in good shape is doubly imperative.
Mrs. Meyers Hand Lotion
Mrs. Meyers has become a mainstay of household products and its line of hand lotions are a popular choice for good reason. The combination of almond oil and shea butter replenish the skin, helping it to feel soft and supple, but it’s still light enough so as to not feel greasy.
Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream
Aveeno’s Hand Cream contains colloidal oatmeal which has several benefits. It helps provide a protective barrier between your skin and the elements, it’s effective at retaining moisture and it’s also anti-inflammatory.
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Hand Salve
Burt’s Bees hand salve is great to have on-hand (literally) for several reasons. For one, the tin packaging makes it easy to stash in a pocket and carry with you. Another is its blend of natural herbs and oils. Olive oil is a main ingredient in the hand salve and provides a number of vitamins that are beneficial to skin health. Not to mention olive oil’s natural anti-bacterial properties which help prevent infections.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
O’Keeffe’s Hand Cream is one of the most popular hand creams on Amazon thanks to its effectiveness and price point. It contains glycerin which is a humectant, meaning that helps not only to retain moisture but actually pull moisture to the skin since it attracts water to itself. Needless to say, it’s an attractive option for those with cracked and chapped hands.
Lovett Sundries Hand & Body Cream
Lovett Sundries’ hand cream contains several key ingredients that are life-saving for your skin, especially if you experience skin conditions such as eczema. One of those ingredients is coconut oil. In several studies, it’s been shown to help retain moisture, reduce inflammation and even accelerate healing of wounds. It also is effective at killing harmful microorganisms which can exacerbate wounds from cracked skin.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Shea butter has a number of positive properties that make it a go-to for skincare. It’s a naturally occurring material that’s harvested from tree nuts and is highly concentrated with vitamins and fatty acids that work together to help promote cell regeneration and moisture retention while reducing inflamed skin and stopping harmful microbes and fungi from forming. It’s also the primary ingredient in L’Occitane’s hand cream.
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop’s line of luxury grooming and skin care products isn’t just fluffy marketing. It really works. The Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm contains a formulated blend of shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil and glycerin to help enrich the skin. It also contains potassium lactate which, like glycerin, is a humectant and has high moisture retention. And with its sophisticated balance of vetiver root, petitgrain and bergamot rind, it smells lovely.
Byredo Suede Hand Cream
Byredo’s hand cream is one of the best-smelling options we’ve come across, as is to be expected of the French label which also specializes in premium fragrances. Byredo’s Suede Hand cream perfectly orchestrates bergamot and fresh aldehydes at the top with mid-notes of lily of the valley and violet as well as base notes of crisp amber, soft musk and velvet plum. Aside from its fragrant attributes, it’s light and greaseless on the skin and also contains butylene glycol which helps the skin to feel soft.
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