Our hands work harder than most other parts of our body day in day out. Whether that’s spending days typing, carrying shopping or making daily meals. Our skin can get dry with regular washing and drying, nails get chipped and we get little nicks. That’s why it’s important to follow a daily hand care routine.
In this article we pick our top products which used daily as part of your hand care routine, can help the appearance and health of your hands, nails and skin.
A soap-free daily hand wash that gently, yet effectively cleanses for beautifully refreshed, delicately fragranced skin. Infused with a luxurious blend of pure essential oils including Bergamot and Jasmine, to leave skin feeling soft and conditioned.
Moisturising Shea Butter and Rosehip extract helps protect the skin and leave hands feeling soft and nails conditioned. Mulberry, Liquorice and Bearberry revitalise the skin’s appearance.
Heath Hand Salve is the perfect way to care for your hands in winter and throughout the year. A hardworking, non-greasy, unisex hand cream with anti-pollution benefits to moisturise and protect dry, overworked hands, it has been designed with a refreshing mint and lavender fragrance. Shea butter and Pro-Vitamin B5 soften and moisturise whilst allantoin soothes and protects. Powered with Pollustop®, an invisible skin matrix, Heath Hand Salve protects hands from the ageing effects of pollution.
The new Age Renewal Hand Cream Trio from Dr.PAWPAW is enriched with a host of sustainably sourced, proactive and 98% natural ingredients. Both vegan & cruelty-free, these will soon become your new multi-purpose favourites to restore, hydrate and soothe hands, knees and feet.
This gift set for her features two travel sized Yardley London Nourishing Hand Creams in English Rose and Lily of the Valley. Absorbing quickly into the skin, hands are left feeling soft, smooth and delicately fragranced. Containing 95% naturally derived ingredients and paraben free. Cruelty free and suitable for vegans.
The vegan friendly MGC Derma Calming Hand Cream is £40.00 and instantly nourishes and soothes hands, providing long lasting comfort and hydration. The shea butter and jojoba oil infusion provides a moisturiser effect, whilst the borage oil and witch hazel helps to fight inflammation.
This super rich cream is made with nourishing shea butter and essentials oils of rose and frankincense to moisturise hands and cuticles overnight. Blended with vitamin A rich rosehip seed oil, it helps to support the skin’s natural repair process which takes place while we are sleeping, improving smoothness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. Massage into hands before bed, taking time to breathe in the relaxing aromas for a peaceful and restful night’s sleep
“Avoid using anything that strips away oils and instead opt for something with inbuilt moisturising properties,” recommends Jo Foster, founder of Kiss the Moon.
This 100% natural soap is made using nourishing coconut and uplifting orange and geranium essential oils to gently cleanse the skin leaving it feeling soft, smooth and delicately scented. Handmade using traditional methods, each bar comes wrapped in compostable glassine paper so you’re kind not only to your skin, but to the environment too.
Also available in three other aromatherapy blends: LOVE with rose and frankincense, CALM with jasmine and sandalwood, and DREAM with lavender and bergamot.
“Use hands creams to protect skin through the day and to nourish them overnight,” suggests Jo. “While we are sleeping, it is the only time that our hands get a break from all that washing and drying and it is also then that our skin cells get to work repairing and rejuvenating.”
A rich and replenishing treatment for hands, Embryolisse’s Nourishing Hand Cream is brimming with butters and oils to condition dry skin and protect from the elements.
A buffet of reparative ingredients – including natural shea, wheatgerm, allantoin and emollient oils – this bolster’s the skin’s lipid layer that helps to preserve precious moisture, while plumping and softening skin to keep hands silky smooth while delaying the give-away signs of the passage of time.£9.99, available from www.cultbeauty.co.uk
SEAMS is non-greasy and absorbs instantly so that very dry rough hands can feel soft, supple & smooth, fast. Full of natural ingredients and enriched with a Biomimetic Lipid Complex, SEAMS locks in moisture below the top of the skin so that hands feel comfortable, nourished and hydrated. SEAMS Hand Cream keeps working whilst you do!
An intense repairing and moisturising treatment containing Camomile and Vitamin E to reduce redness and soothe, Shea Butter to nourish, smooth and repair, and a botanical complex which acts as a protective shield to reinforce the skin’s barrier defences. From the first application Mava + calms, softens and soothes hands giving immediate and long-lasting benefit. Simply apply a small amount of cream on the back of hands and generously massage concentrating on very dry and irritated areas. (RRP £14.95, 50ML)
This lotion helps to nourish and hydrate hands, face and body. Using only the most natural ingredients, the lotion includes organic jojoba to heal and soothe, organic coconut oil to moisturise and organic hemp and avocado oils to keep skin smooth and supple. The lotion is suitable for most skin types – sensitive-dry-rough or combination. Users should start with a small amount as the lotion is highly emollient, a few squirts will cover the whole body and absorb quickly into the skin.
(RRP £10.99 for 240ML)
Giving dry hands the care and repair they need; the CBD hand cream is enriched with Vitamin E and Macadamia Oil to hydrate and protect your hands against the elements. Beautifully enhanced with lemongrass and ylang ylang for a fresh and uplifting scent, the hand cream targets cracked areas, inflamed skin and provides pain relief for aching joints.
Cannabidiol from hemp extract 300mg.
A fabulously reviving and refreshing, as well as anti-bacterial hand cleanser. Your hands are sensitively cleansed and moisturised with cocoa and shea butters, while senses are stimulated with a blend of essential oils (coming in two scents – One and Four, as well as unscented Six). The natural ingredients in our beautiful hand cleansers mean your hands are left smooth and clean, but not dry. All ingredients are 100% derived from plants and naturally occurring sources
This super hand cream contains Urea, Ceramides and other Natural Moisturising Factors (NMFs) and has been clinically proven to deliver both immediate relief and intense moisturisation for very dry, rough and strained hands, even after repeated hand-washing. It strengthens skin’s natural barrier, making skin resilient to dryness for up to 48 hours.
Holy Lama Naturals Hand Cream is a rich, hydrating natural hand cream formulated especially to care for your hands. The blend of nourishing oils will soften your hands and keep them well-moisturized. A Swedish national newspaper survey awarded this product the title of ‘best hand cream’ in the natural creams category.
All Holy Lama Naturals products are ethically sourced, largely from local farms, and ethically produced; the products are handmade in the factory in Kerala which is a women’s enterprise employing mainly disadvantaged women who have been marginalised due to personal circumstances. In a traditionally male dominated society, employment in the factory gives these women much needed self-confidence and independence, making a true difference to their lives.
This antibacterial organic hand wash is hygienic, ecological and kind to hands. Thanks to an entirely natural formula, hands are left clean and moisturised, rather than irritated and dry. Formulated with 83% certified organic ingredients, it contains Tea Tree & Manuka which work fast to kill bacteria.
Not fussed about fragrance but keen to keep clean? This gentle yet effective hand wash is scent free so ultra-kind to sensitive skin, of all ages. Naturally cleansing to leave hands germ-free without stripping them of their natural moisture. Enriched with organic Aloe Vera to nourish and nurture, this everyday wash is designed for frequent use throughout the day.
Vegan, scent-free and suitable for all the family
Ultra-gentle on sensitive skin of all ages, with no SLS or irritating soap
pH balanced to cleanse without irritation
Organic Aloe Vera leaves hands soft and hydrated
This organic hand cream offers naturally anti-bacterial nourishment for dry hands. Formulated with 91% certified organic ingredients, Lemon Tea Tree oil supports the natural healing of dry, chapped hands, blended with Manuka which is well known for its natural antimicrobial activity. Shea butter and Olive squalene lock in moisture, restoring dry, chapped skin.
Not fussed about fragrance? This instantly hydrating hand cream is naturally scent free so ultra-kind to sensitive skin of all ages. Glycerine-rich and moisture binding, it locks in nourishment to soften and protect the skin against moisture loss. Rapeseed oil delivers the nutritive benefits of Omega-3&6 fatty acids, essential for healthy skin.
Vegan, scent-free and suitable for all the family
Ultra-gentle on sensitive skin of all ages, with no synthetic fragrance
Naturally abundant in the Omega-3&6 fatty acids that are essential for healthy skin
Leaves hands nourished, soft and protected against dryness
Tropic Hand Creambalms, £12, www.tropicskincare.com
An indulgent mix of premium plant butters and nut oils to give your hands a pampering treat, while carefully selected essential oils help to enhance your mood. Available in three unique scents (Uplift, Unwind or Recharge) and perfect for taking with you on the go.
Tropic Organic Nail Nectar, £8, www.tropicskincare.com
This nourishing nail oil helps to repair and strengthen nails and cuticles with continued use. Its unique blend of nutritious natural oils makes it a saviour for weak and brittle nails.
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Hand Cream, £19, www.drhauschka.co.uk
Regenerating Hand Cream provides effective protection with every application, strengthening the skin’s resistance right to the fingertips. Our intensive skin care product for demanding and mature skin may absorb quickly, but the long-lasting silky smooth feeling and the warm scent of Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Hand Cream lasts throughout the day. This richly nourishing composition is able to promote the regenerative power of your skin.
Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen, £17, www.drhauschka.co.uk
This handy pen allows you to easily apply our tried-and-tested Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil throughout the day and on the go. Gently push back the cuticle with the lid cap and use the applicator to hygienically apply the nourishing composition. With the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen, you protect the nail bed and fortify the nail structure.