Hands: they do it all, except take care of themselves.
Whether you work in construction, an office, a garden or simply do lots of household chores, the delicate skin on your hands hardly gets a break. Beyond using a daily lotion (which is a great start), our hands are often the last part of our body to get love. Frequent exposure to the elements and constant hand-washing can leave them dry, cracked and uncomfortable. You need a simple routine that'll keep them feeling great.
Start with moisture
Using a hydrating hand cream is a great way to add moisture to tough, overworked skin. Helping Hands works as hard as your hands to provide soothing comfort with protective shea and cocoa butters that help keep moisture locked in. Keep a pot handy (see what I did there?) so you can easily lather it on after you wash your hands or any time you need a bit of hydration. If soft, soothed hands aren't reason enough, the delicate scent of lavender and marigold won't overpower your senses and will have you coming back for more.
Smooth it down
When skin is overworked, protective calluses can develop, creating rough, thick patches on your palms and fingers. The answer? A good scrub. Salted Coconut was made for hands with a blend of exfoliating sea salt to remove excess skin, and a healthy dose of coconut oil so your hands won't dry out. For extra polishing power, apply this one hands when they're dry and then rinse clean with warm water. Don't forget to moisturize after for the ultimate soft hands.
If you're still feeling a little rough around the edges (hangnails, I'm lookin' at you), sometimes the solution is to get heavy. Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is a dream for hands that need all the love they can get. For those tough-to-soften spots, protective beeswax and nourishing avocado oil tackle and soothe broken or dry skin, while an enzyme-rich lemon infusion breaks down the tough areas. It's the only hand tool you need when your job is really hands-on.
Soak it in
Did you know that a little heat therapy can do wonders for improving the condition of your skin? It's true! Immersing your hands in warming oils will keep the skin's surface primed and opens up pores, allowing as much nourishing oils as possible to be absorbed.
The petroleum-free Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask is a power-packed blend of cupuacu and murumuru butters, regarded as ‘miracle oils’ in Brazil. 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 thick, dreamy lotion and let it work its magic for 15 minutes, or as long as you can spare.
When you rely on your hands to be in their best condition, a little TLC every now and again will go a long way. Not sure where to start? Visit your local Lush shop for a literal hands-on consultation (seriously, our shop staff will demo our hand products on you!) or discover the rest of our handy collection to see what's right for you.