Hands: they can do it all, except take care of themselves. You use them all day long, and yet they’re often the last part of your body to get love. Minimal oil glands, constant exposure to the elements and frequent washing means the skin on your hands is hard-pressed to maintain moisture and often ends up dry, cracked, and generally uncomfortable.
Whether you’re working in an office environment, gardening outdoors for hours or doing household chores, the delicate skin on your hands rarely gets a break, let alone some well-deserved pampering. Beyond using a daily moisturizing cream (which is a great start), there’s many ways you can take care of the hands that feed you.
Using a hydrating hand cream as often as possible is a great way to add moisture to overworked skin. Not only that, some creams leave a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, which prevents further moisture loss. Helping Hands Hand Cream works as hard as your hands to provide soothing comfort with protective shea and cocoa butters. Keep a pot at the ready to smooth on after you wash your hands, or any time you need a bit of hydration. If soft, soothed hands aren’t reason enough, the calming scent of lavender and marigold will keep you coming back for more.
Smooth it down
It may seem counterintuitive, but one way to thank your hands for all their hard work is to give them a good scrub. When skin is overworked, protective calluses can develop, creating rough, thick patches on your palms and fingers. Salted Coconut Hand Scrub is full of exfoliating sea salt to remove excess skin, as well as coconut oil to make sure hands are conditioned at the same time. For extra polishing power, apply to dry hands and then rinse clean with warm water. Only smoothed skin and a fresh scent will be left behind.
If you’re still feeling a little rough around the edges (hangnails, you know who you are), sometimes the solution is to get heavy. Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is loaded with protective beeswax and nourishing avocado oil to smooth out broken, dry skin, as well as enzyme-rich lemon infusion to help break down the tough stuff, leaving you with a soft touch and a fresh, lemony smell.
Soak it in
Have you ever had a paraffin wax treatment? If so, you know that heat therapy can do wonders for improving the condition of your skin. By immersing hands completely in warming oils, the skin’s surface is primed and pores are opened, allowing as much nourishing oils as possible to be absorbed.
For a petroleum-free option, Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask provides a healthy dose of cupuacu and murumuru butters, regarded as ‘miracle oils’ in Brazil, where we source these beautiful ingredients. This at-home treatment takes moisturizing to a whole new level by adding a warming touch. Melt into warm water, then fully immerse your hands in the dreamy, thick lotion and let it work its magic for 15 minutes, or as long as you can spare.
Keep your skin moisturized and protected and you’ll be rewarded with soothed, smoothed hands that are ready to tackle whatever you throw at them. Get started with a daily moisture routine, and treat your hands to a little extra TLC now and then – your hands will thank you.