The skin on our hands is one of the first places we age. This is because it’s so thin and delicate yet despite this, we give it a daily battering. When you actually think about it – you use our hands hundreds of times each day to perform almost all of the tasks you fulfil. You make your cup of coffee with them, clean the house with them, brush your children’s hair with them, wash your face with them, drive the car with them, cook with them, open and close with them. I could go on but you get the idea – we use our hands all day long. And with everyone washing their hands even more than usual during this pandemic I’d take a wild guess the skin on your hands is looking or feeling a bit stressed out – I’ll call it a metaphor for my mindstate! So let’s hear it for the hand creams…
I’ve been using handcream for about 4 years, it’s become something I do without even thinking. My hands are prone to dryness and as I’ve aged so the dryness has amplified. In my opinion handcreams don’t have to be expensive to do the job. But they do vary in qualities – some are more purfumed than others, some are more of a balm than a cream, some make your hands slippery and others sink right in. And of course some have more natural ingredients and others are more ‘processed’. I’ve used a number over the years and these are my favourites.
Happy moisturising friends xo
My Top Three Hand Treatments
Aesop Ressurection Hand Balm
My absolute favourite hand treatment is this balm by Aesop. It’s gentle, soothing, moisturising, fast absorbing and smells amazing. I keep it on my bedside and use it in the morning after I’ve showered and at bedtime before I go to sleep. A 75ml tube lasts me 6 months because you don’t need much. I love the way the brand uses gentle, natural ingredients including lots of lovely essential oils – this is as luxury as a hand cream could be and costs £21.
Egyptian Magic Cream
This is more of a balm than a cream and can be used to treat an array of skin ailments, from eczema and minor burns to stretch marks and scars. As well as helping problematic conditions, it also intensely nourishes and moisturises skin. It’s made with six of nature’s most powerful healing ingredients; Olive Oil, BeesWax, Honey Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis.
I tend to use this if my hands are sore or chapped – it’s great in the cooler months and a little goes a very long way so my small tub is still going strong after months of use.
Yope Hand Cream
Yope cream is a good all round hand moisturiser. The ingredients are 98% natural and include argan, coconut and olive oils, shea butter and vitamin E. It smells fresh and herby and feels soothing and nourishing. I tend to carry this one around with me in my tote and use it on the go. A 100ml tube is around £9 and lasts months – again you don’t need much of this product. I don’t find this cream lasts as long on my hands – the Aesop balm is definitely superior but for the price it’s a great product.