A good hand and nail cream should be seen as an essential item. They are usually conveniently sized and therefore small enough to stash in your handbag or car. This is why you want to find one and use it throughout your day.
What Causes your Hands to Age?
Your hands lose elasticity and their skin thins as you age. The plumpness of the back of your hands decreases and they tend to get drier. This can result in skin that looks translucent, more wrinkled and age spots may also start to appear. All of which can make our hands look older than they really are.
Add in the constant sanitising we do when we are out-and-about. As well as the exposure to the sun, pollution and noxious elements? It’s inevitable that how fast your hands will age easily gets sped up.
What are the Benefits of Hand and Nail Cream?
Hand and nail cream rehydrates your hand’s skin cells. Thereby, helping to prevent them from becoming flaky and cracked. It can also make your nails softer and smoother. Thus, stopping them from drying out and becoming brittle, tearing easily and breaking. A good cream will also help counter the natural effects of ageing.
3 Reasons to Use Hand and Nail Cream
- Moisturise and repair your hands.
- Keep your cuticles healthy.
- Help keep your hands and nails clean.
Well moisturised, healthy hands and nails, get less grimy since they tend to be smoother without tiny cracks. This makes them look and feel good too. How your hands look and feel has been linked to self-confidence. Meaning that self-care, by using hand and nail cream, is a quick and easy way to give yourself a boost.
How often should you use it?
Great hand and nail cream is designed to be used multiple times throughout your day. In fact, it’s recommended to use it every time you wash your hands. Including after showering and just before going to bed.
Hand sanitisers are generally high in alcohol, thereby effectively killing bacteria and viruses. However, this also means that they dry out your hands, causing you discomfort. Using a hand moisturiser after sanitising won’t decrease the effectiveness of the sanitiser. But it will go a long way to ensuring your hands don’t age faster and become dry or itchy. A waterless hand sanitiser that contains alcohol and moisturising ingredients, can also better prevent your hands from drying out.
Which Hand Cream Should You Choose?
Not all hand and nail creams are created equally. There are specific ingredients that are good to look out for and ones which you should try to avoid.
What to Look For:
- Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
- Aloe Ferox
What to Avoid:
- Harmful preservatives, e.g.: Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and DMDM Hydantoin.
The less additives your hand cream has and the more natural ingredients in it the better it is. Essentially, a hand cream with a scientifically formulated balance of ingredients, can be used for more than just moisturising.
For example, in addition to having glycerine, shea butter and vitamins A, E and C, Aloe Unique’s Hand and Nail cream contains Aloe Ferox. This means that, while it’s excellent at locking in moisture, it can also help soothe skin irritations. As it is free from parabens, dyes and other harmful ingredients, it is able to be used on sensitive skins. With the added bonus that in an emergency, your Aloe Unique Hand and Nail cream can be used as a general skin moisturiser.