Intensive Hand Cream Reviews – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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Our hands often betray our age much more freely than our complexion because we are not giving them a daily shot of serums, oils, and moisturizers with scrubs and masks thrown in for good measure. But you can soon fix that with everyday use of a good quality Intensive Hand Cream.

Use throughout the day especially if you have severely dry hands – ensuring you leave a tube by the washbasin, so you always use after washing up or hand washing, and keep a tube in your desk drawer at work or handbag for regular application.

If you do not like the feel of lush, rich cream, go for a lotion instead – these tend to be lighter and thinner and absorbed easier. And always apply a good quality cream at bedtime and wear cotton ‘beauty’ gloves, so your skin gets a massive boost of nourishment overnight.


Neutrogena Hand Creams

Norwegian Formula – Visibly Renew Elasti-Boost Hand Cream SPF20:

This innovative daily hand cream not only gives exceptional hydration but also helps re-establish skin’s suppleness and limit the occurrence of brown spots. It blends Norwegian Formula moisture with active minerals, which help promote skin’s own collagen production. For a visibly smoother and more supple skin, with a fast-absorbing texture that leaves a delicately scented and soft after-feel. Available in 75ml.

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Ingredients:

[PR-015233] Aqua, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Homosalate, Dimethicone, Buthyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Steareth-2, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Squalane, Sorbitan Stearate, Steareth-21, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Linseed Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Sucrose Cocoate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, PEG-8 Laurate, Polysorbate 60, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum.

Finally, A Hand Cream with SPF that I love!

If you are a person who has to work outside or who is out and about a lot during the day, then this is probably the best option day cream for your hands as it has SPF 20 included. I’ve been trying Neutrogena Visibly Renew SPF Hand Cream for the last month and found that it prevents my hands from drying out. The other thing that I like about this product is how quickly it absorbs into the skin, leaving hands feeling soft and moisturized without any greasy effect. I keep my hand cream in my bag – this has got me into a reliable routine of using hand cream throughout the day, and I have to say what a difference it has made to my skin.


Norwegian Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream:

The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Fast Absorbing Hand Cream keeps hands hydrated and comforted with its instantly absorbed formula. The light, non-greasy texture is immediately merged into the skin for an instant feeling of comfort and moisturization, leaving no stickiness or residue. Available in two sizes: 75ml and 150ml.

Neutronen Fast Absorbing
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Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane,Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteth-20, PEG-75 Stearate, Steareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, PV/Hexadecene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Parfum.

One of the best ever hand creams:

I suffer from very sore dry, chapped hands, but having found this cream made my hands feel protected again. This product is perfect, and so reliable. Now, every time I wash my hands I always use this cream, it absorbs very quickly and is non-greasy. I love what it does for my hands, I have a tube by my kitchen sink & one in the bathroom at all times! Because it’s fast absorbing, I don’t have to worry about what I touch after applying to my hands.


Norwegian Formula Hand & Nail Cream:

The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand & Nail Cream is a luxuriously rich hand cream that melts into your hands and contains panthenol for complete hand and nail care. Its innovative formula makes nails twice as strong and helps soften cuticles as well as intensively moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Available in 75ml.

Neutrogena Hand+Nail
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Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane,Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Phytantriol, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitylglucoside, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Trisiloxane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, PEG-75 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum.

Softer Hands – Stronger Nails:

I was looking for an intense hand cream that wasn’t solely mineral oil based. This cream has higher levels of glycerin (the “Norwegian Formula”) making it very moisturizing, and the addition of panthenol has made a vast improvement to my brittle nails, they now look shiny, healthy and strong. A small amount can be used throughout the day to really keep my nails in perfect condition. I use it liberally at night, and also I wear cotton gloves to lock in moisture and really feel the benefits in the morning.


Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream:

Originated in1979, this hand cream has been a best-selling product for more than 30 years. Clarin’s offering is simply one of the most luxurious and nourishing creams that we tried, but it also absorbs almost immediately upon application and with no greasy residue.

There are very few creams that deliver on nourishment and absorption so efficiently – this one can even keep mild eczema at bay. The moisturizing base of sesame oil and shea butter is boosted by Japanese mulberry extract to work on minimizing age spots, while myrrh extract is used to strengthen the nails.

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A moisturizer that softens Protects, Hydrates and Strengthens nails and condition cuticles to give a naturally clean, soft and youthful-look to your hand

Almost like an invisible protective glove that cares for the hand and the nails to shield them from the elements, keeping skin soft and silky and reducing the signs of aging.

Hands can become damaged and painful when exposed to the aggressiveness of our daily life, such as the weather, harsh water, and the everyday tasks we perform with them. So take time to care for your hands with Clarins professional, emollient-rich moisturizing hand cream – with soothing Sesame Oil and fortifying Japanese Mulberry.

Performance:

Softens the skin and hydrates.

Protects from environmental damage (the cold, the sun, hard water, and chapping).

Diminishes dark spots.

Regenerates and strengthens the nails.

This non-sticky cream spreads quickly, and the skin absorbs instantly.

To apply, massage gently into your hands, from the fingertips up to the wrist, giving careful attention to the cuticles to ensure the cream is completely absorbed.

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Heptanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Parfum/Fragrance, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables, Tetrasodium Edta, Limonene, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Lecithin, Sodium PCA, Tapioca Starch, Dehydroacetic Acid, Palmitoyl Myristyl Serinate, Linalool, Caramel, Disodium Edta, Morus Alba Root Extract, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Eugenol, Tocopherol, BHT, [C1473F]

Clarin’s Class:

When put to the test, Clarin’s products always perform, and this trusted hand cream is no exception, it delivers above and beyond expectations, yes it is slightly more expensive, but you won’t be disappointed with the results.


La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Hands:

This is, without doubt, one of the best value hand creams, this isn’t a luxurious beauty treat, but instead, it’s indispensable for anyone who has irritated, over-worked hands in need of some affectionate TLC. A cream that is so insanely efficient you may wonder how you ever got by without as it soothes and restores the skin’s protective barrier.

Another plus point with this cream is it is so easy to use throughout your day time activities as it isn’t oily or sticky, it’s transparent and fast-absorbing, which is quite rare for a barrier cream. Also, it stays on your hand when in water, better than a lot of other hand creams, and there is much less skin dryness after washing up and hand washing.

 

La Roche-Posay Hand Cream
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It contains no parabens, no perfume, it’s non-comedogenic, 100 percent hypoallergenic and has been tested on sensitive skin. It also has an anti-histamine effect thanks to 4 percent niacinamide, which reduces inflammation and prevents cracked skin. If you have irritated, red, sore skin you will find this cream gives considerable relief.

Apply to clean hands throughout the day as required.

Available in 50 ml

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Great Value – Quality Product:

I have sensitive skin, and all through the winter months my hands get dry, sore and crack and sometimes even bleed. This hand cream is very soothing, non-greasy with no stinging, as it is not perfumed.

It soaks in quickly and thoroughly and doesn’t have an overpowering smell, making it ideal for everyday and nighttime use.


The verdict On Hand Creams:

For hands prone to chapping and eczema use La Roche Posay. Need sun protection anti-aging protection go with the Neutrogena range.

But Clarins is a cult classic; it’s been sustaining skin, strengthening nails and minimizing age spots for the last 30 years, and shows no signs of stopping.

Have you used any of these hand creams? How did you find it worked for your hands? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com



 

Dry Cracked Hands Treatment – Maintaining Healthy Skin

winter hands frost

The bitterly cold winters wreak havoc with my hands, and they always end wintertime looking like something out of a freak show!

TLC and Moisturiser:

My skin reacts terribly to the cold air and severe winds of the British winter, finding my once smooth skin has vanished before my eyes.

Winter seems to take sadistic pleasure in slowly stripping the natural oils from my feeble hands.

All of my positive efforts for better-looking hands undone in the cruel, harsh winter months, leaving them dry, cracked and crying out for TLC and moisturizer!

There are a lot more options other than your standard hand lotion in the cosmetic department these days. The newest generation of hand creams contains a mixture of occlusives, such as petrolatum, that stops moisture from escaping from your skin; humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin retain water; and emollients, such as oils that can do both of these.

And hand creams these days also contain barrier repair ingredients like ceramides, without the proper proportion of ceramides the skin’s barrier can become compromised, that leads to dryness, itching, and irritation. They also have specialized salts to cover the surface like a glove, which prevents vulnerability from the environment like water and other elements the winter likes to put upon them.

Sensitive Winter Skin:

girl frosty winter

Almost everyone experiences sensitive winter skin at least once in their lifetime, and as the hands are the most exposed and overworked member of our body, they are often unintentionally abused. It’s generally at night that the results from a long day are felt, hands become red, chapped, even swollen, the surface breaks and cracks and they might even bleed.

This is extremely painful, and if left without proper care and attention can result in infection from this damaged skin. What starts as an oversight on our part through lack of hand moisturizer can quickly become a medical condition.

Remember, winter skin is dry skin no matter what part of the body it is on! Our hard-working hands become dehydrated twice as fast in winter.

Yes, to keep drinking plenty of water in winter is a good idea, but, it can not replace the lost moisture in the hand tissue when it has become so dehydrated, in this situation prevention really is better than cure!

Washing Your Hands:

Dry winter hand conditions are often agitated even more by the mere act of washing your hands. Of course, we have to wash our hands, hygiene dictates we wash hands numerous times each day; however, do not wash them in hot water, warm water is more than sufficient, and do not let your hands stay wet too long.

Another way to prevent water getting onto your hands is to do all the dishwashing, household chores, washing the car, and pet cleaning, can and should be done while wearing protective rubber gloves, and do remember moisturize your hands after each job to prevent dry, irritated skin from developing. Do this each time your hands are touched by water.

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Avoid all the alcohol-based cleansing gels, as these gels are particularly hard on protective oils that are trying to prevent damage to your hands. If you want beautiful, soft and smooth hands, take care of them and look after them the same way you treat your face or neck.

Dry Cracked Hands Treatment:

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 Intensive Hand Cream Reviews

Your choice of hand creams include balms, lotions, butter, creams, and oils, your decision should be based on what extent your hands are suffering, and on your skin type.

If your hands go from being dry with slightly rough skin to developing minor splits and cracks that are tender or bleeding, then it’s time to move on to more therapeutic moisturizers.

Petroleum jelly is a solid option, or   alternatively, you could pick a thick, creamy moisturizer with a formula that contains denser ingredients such as dimethicone, cocoa, beeswax or shea butter.

You don’t have to keep to one product, you may find something more suitable to keep re-applying throughout the day and use a ‘heavier’ moisturizer at night, the important thing is to get that moisture into your hands daily.

On The Outside:

If you are someone that stays outside most of your day, either due to work or leisure you may have to find additional ways to keep your hands hydrated.

scraping frost off windscreen

When preparing to go out, apply your moisturizer, then slide hands into a pair of white cotton gloves, by doing this it will help to keep the moisture in your skin, then put on a second pair of protective winter gloves over the first cotton pair. Your hands will soften while driving, walking, even jogging, etc. and you can keep a jar or tube of moisturizer in your car’s glove box to ‘top up’ throughout the day.

If you are unfortunate to suffer from severe dry hands during the winter months by doing this with the moisturizer and white cotton gloves going to bed, and leaving on overnight, it will bring great relief to your hands, and they will feel amazing again by the morning.

Exfoliate Your Hands:

exfoliating hands

The exfoliation process will help remove those dry, flaky dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new smooth skin.

Immediately after exfoliating, your hands will feel smooth and soft again, but you have to apply moisturizer, or you risk your hands starting to dry out all over again.

Treat Your Hands To A Manicure:

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Largely, the hands are the most hardworking part of the human body and warrant being well looked after.

A manicure may be considered a ‘beauty treatment’ but trimming the nails, removing cuticles, exfoliating and moisturizing the skin during a manicure will all help to make your hands look and feel good at any stage of the year, not just the winter months.

So treat your hands once in a while, they deserve it.

If in doubt – see a specialist!

If you are in constant pain due to painful, dry, cracked or bleeding hands and they are not responding to the advice mentioned above, you should arrange to see a dermatologist.

Do you suffer from dry hands in the winter, how do care and look after them? Do you have any other tips for caring for your hands in winter? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com