Dry-hands

Top 5 Hand Creams For Winter

Since the winter weather has well and truly landed in some parts of Australia, it’s time to start thinking about hand creams and using them before bed.

RELATED: Best Hydrating Creams For Winter

Hand creams are essential during the colder months since they help to lock-in moisture, and also keep hands from getting dry and flakey. So, if you suffer from extremely dry or dehydrated skin, you might know the deal, but for those who are just starting out, the following hand creams are a must-have for winter!

Milk & Co Hand Quench, $12.95

If you’re looking for something compact to keep in your handbag, then the Hand Quench by Milk & Co is one of the best hand creams to choose from. Why? The fast-absorbing formula is perfect if you’re on-the-go and is packed with nourishing cocoa butter, vitamin E, and Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil to keep hands germ-free. Did we mention that it also smells divine?

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Appelles Sea Buckthorn Skin Lotion, $49.95

So, we might be cheating on this delicious lotion by Appelles (it’s for your entire body), but it’s just too good! The lightweight formula doesn’t take too long to sink into the skin and is packed with vitamins C and E for proper cellular function.

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La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream, $17

Someone suffering from extremely cracked or dry hands needs a formula which is a little more intense, and that’s where La Roche-Posay comes into the mix. The lightly fragranced hand cream protects skin from extremely cold weather by creating a protective barrier over the surface. Keep it in your car, handbag and bedside table at all times and reapply throughout the day.

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100% Pure Lavender hand Cream, $16.95

Although this one is a recent find, it is one of our favourites so far. The sweet smelling lavender scent is perfect right before bed and the cream absorbs so quickly into the skin. Deeply nourishing for all skin types with vitamins and added antioxidants, it also boasts a gluten-free formula.

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, $103

If you’re looking to splurge on a luxury hand cream this winter, nothing beats the selection at Aesop. We finally took the plunge and decided on the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, which is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. Use after washing with soap and before bed for best results.

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What is your favourite hand cream for winter? Tell us in the comments below!

May 3, 2015

How To Keep Your Hands And Feet Feeling Soft

Now that winter is here, we have to deal with all of the side effects including dry hands and feet.  Of course winter isn’t the only reason why we develop dry skin. As well as the winter climate, dry hands and feet can also arise because of chemicals in the water, particular soaps that we use and if we wash our hands too often.

Tips for softer hands:

  • When you’re washing dishes use rubber gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals in the detergent and water
  • When you’re outside in the sun don’t forget to put sunscreen on your hands too
  • Try not to be too pedantic about washing your hands every five minutes.  The constant washing will dry our your skin
  • Moisturise after every time you wash your hands – keep the moisturiser in a small pump bottle next to your basin so you remember to do it
  • Exfoliate your hands once every few weeks (see below for a homemade scrub)
  • Before bed, coat your hands with moisturiser and then cover them with cotton gloves overnight
  • Include foods that are high in omega-3 in your diet as these can help your skin to feel softer and look healthier.  Salmon, tuna, walnuts and canola oil are all good sources of omega-3.

Tips for softer feet:

  • Ensure you dry your feet properly after a shower or bath
  • Before bed, lather your feet with moisturiser and then cover them with socks overnight
  • Soak your feet in warm water and milk (2 parts to 1) a couple of times a week and then use a pumice stone and exfoliator to gently scrub away the dry skin (see below for a homemade scrub)
  • Make sure you put your feet up at least a couple of times a week.  Being on your feet all day long, day after day can cause cracked feet
  • Ensure you wear comfortable footwear that fit properly.  If your shoes rub on your feet it can cause calluses to form
  • Give yourself a gentle foot massage twice a week with Vaseline, or even better, ask you partner to give you one

Homemade Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Why pay for expensive scrubs when you can make your own at home?  Sugar is great for your skin so try this homemade recipe and gently scrub away!

  • 1 x cup sugar (white or brown)
  • ½ cup almond oil
  • 1 x teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A dash of Vitamin E oil

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July 22, 2014