Why you need to use a hand cream daily and multiple times throughout the day

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Even after I started doing my best to take really good care of my skin {thank you to my 30th birthday for making me realize I am not getting any younger}, and especially taking focus on the care of my nails, I didn’t initially see the point in using a hand cream.  I thought, “IF applying moisturizer to my hands {because, I’ll be real with you, I didn’t make a point to do it much at first}, can’t I just use any ol’ lotion?”

However, after using a moisturizer specifically for my hands, and seeing what a difference it really does make, I am not sure I will ever be able to go back to using just any ol’ lotion on my hands.  Plus, I now see the benefit of using a hand cream, multiple times throughout the day, to ensure that my skin is properly cared for.  I can tell, very clearly, when I haven’t used a hand cream in a while as my hands begin to feel dry.

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The type of skin your hands have

Did you know that the skin on your hands is one of the first places you will show signs of aging?

Take a look at the skin on the back of your hand.  It is literally some of the thinnest, most fragile skin and one of the first places you will get wrinkles.  There are also very few sebaceous glands on the back of your hands meaning it can dry out much more easily than other skin.

Now look at the skin on the palm of your hand.  As you can probably see, it is decidedly different than the skin on the back of your hand.  Your palms are offered a bit more protection with thicker skin, but this means that it is much more difficult for a moisturizer to penetrate.

Things that are impacting your hands

Just in general, the skin on your hands is much more exposed to the environment than other parts of your body.

Every day tasks, even something as simple as washing dishes, really adds to the damage that can be done.  In the case of washing dishes, the continued exposure to water is actually drying your skin on top of the chemicals that can be found in most dish cleaning solutions.

And do not even get me started on the sun and chemicals that your hands are exposed to much more frequently than say, your legs.

The type of moisturizer that is best for your hands

You want a moisturizer that is chock full of beneficial nutrients to help keep the top of your hands from beginning to show the signs of aging, but you also want the moisturizer to be rich and thick enough so that it has the ability to properly moisturize the palms of your hands.

During the day, I would suggest finding a hand cream that has SPF and sinks into the skin quickly as you should apply moisturizer to your hands multiple times per day {and if the moisturizer doesn’t sink in quickly, you’ll end up trying to do things with slick hands…and that is no bueno, my friends}.

At night you can probably better afford the time to apply a moisturizer that may not sink in as fast, therefore this is when I would suggest applying a hand cream that is meant for anti-aging and deep moisturizing treatment.

Take it even one step further by putting on a soft pair of gloves after you apply your night time cream and leave them on for 15 minutes.  This will give your hand moisturizer time to sink in without being rubbed off.  I bought a simple pair of fuzzy mittens from the Dollar Tree to use for this.  I was literally shocked at how soft my hands felt after using this glove technique!

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Ingredients you should seek out in your hand cream

Ingredients such as Vitamin E, Shea Butter, essential oils, and glycerin will all be added moisturizing benefits.  Look for ingredients such as antioxidants, biotin, and alpha hydroxy acids to help boost collagen {and therefore plump your skin} as all these have anti-aging properties and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles or dark spots.

So, go ahead, get yourself a dedicated hand cream and give your hands the care they deserve.  Adding one product to your daily skin care routine can literally make a world of difference!

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21 Comments on Why you need to use a hand cream daily and multiple times throughout the day

  1. Anna @ The Beauty Section
    January 6, 2015 at 10:40 am (3 years ago)

    This is great!! I have started using a hand cream as much as possible and you are right you really can tell a difference. My hands just look so much healthier when I take care of them by using hand cream every day!

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 7, 2015 at 11:35 am (3 years ago)

      I feel better when I know I am taking better care of my skin and using hand cream is just one small (and easy) way to do that! Thanks for stopping by, Anna!

      Reply
  2. Stephanie Keeping
    January 7, 2015 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

    I use a hand cream daily. Especially right now because the winter always makes them dry.

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  3. aimee fauci
    January 7, 2015 at 11:40 am (3 years ago)

    I need to take care of my hands much better. Our weather here makes them so dry and rough. My problem is, I have a hard time remembering to do it.

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

      It was hard for me to remember at first as well, but now that I am more in the habit I can literally tell when I have forgotten! Thanks for stopping by, Aimee!

      Reply
  4. sarah sofia knepp
    January 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tips! Over the years I have learned that your hands tell the secret of your age. 🙂 As a mother of two little ones, I’m constantly washing my hands and things! I know I should be applying more hand lotion and wear gloves to wash dishes and to go outside, but I often forget. Thanks for the reminder!

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:50 am (3 years ago)

      Luckily there are a lot of good ones out there that sink into your skin quickly (for those that are constantly movin’ and shakin’ with an endless to-do list) so you can keep on going without being too sidelined by lotion-y hands!

      Reply
  5. Albertine
    January 7, 2015 at 3:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I use had cream religiously now, and I have about 4 tubes in storage, I can’t resist buying new ones!

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:48 am (3 years ago)

      I hear ya, Albertine! I have a hard time passing up the opportunity to buy a new hand cream these days!

      Reply
  6. Shireen L. Platt
    January 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great informative post! I always use hand cream, it’s a habit that my mum thought me since I was a teenager. I always carry one in my hand bag too, just can’t be without it!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:48 am (3 years ago)

      We are definitely on the same page, Shireen. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  7. beutytraderevue
    January 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I swear by hand cream. Thank you for this very informative entry. I love it!

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:48 am (3 years ago)

      If you are like me, you have a hand cream in your purse, by your couch, on your night stand, and so on 🙂

      Reply
  8. Denise Rose
    January 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Yikes! I often think about using hand cream when my hands are dry & bothering me but I never even considered the fact that I need to use it regularly to prevent signs of aging. Thanks for the tip!

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

      I had quite the “skin revelation” on my 30th birthday and becoming diligent with my anti-aging efforts and using hand cream is just one simple thing I have incorporated. Hopefully I can fight off the wrinkles in my hands a little bit longer this way 🙂

      Reply
  9. Lorilee
    January 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I have really dry hands when it comes to winter time as I wash them way too often and go out in silly minus temperatures. I will be looking out for hand creams hat contain vitamin E and Shea Butter ( I think it smells amazing). I found this post really informative 🙂

    Lorilee
    xx

    Lorilee’s Adventures

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:45 am (3 years ago)

      Glad you liked the post, Lorilee! And I hear ya on the cold winter weather, it sure can do a number on your skin!

      Reply
  10. Claire
    January 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Amen – especially for us ladies with dry hands!

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    • Jen Cassellius
      January 8, 2015 at 7:45 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, if your hands and skin are dry naturally anyways, it is even more important! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  11. Generic Drugs
    April 27, 2015 at 7:10 am (3 years ago)

    As it was mentioned, the skin on hands, is aging much quicker and the tips given in this post should be followed by all women who do care about their skin and beauty. Thanks for posting.

    Reply

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