Every fall my handbag unavoidably becomes heavier due to the amount of hand lotions that I carry with me. My hands are becoming dry during the cold months of the year; even though I am trying to wear gloves or mittens outdoors and always make sure to protect my hands with rubber gloves while doing work in the house. When it comes to choosing a hand lotion, I am very picky. I like my hand cream to be not too heavy, not too liquid, and also smell good and properly moisturize my hands. Luckily, there are many wonderful products available nowadays that help to deal with hand dryness. In this post, I provide the list of my favorite hand lotions that I use all the time.
#1: Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream ($7.99). I love everything by Aveeno, and this hand cream is not an exception. This product contains a secret ingredient that you can find in all Aveeno products, colloidal oatmeal. Fine oatmeal powder (that is what colloidal oatmeal is all about) is an effective moisturizer that is also capable of treating minor skin irritations and itching. No wonder the creators of Aveeno hand lotion decided to incorporate colloidal oatmeal into the formula of Skin Relief hand cream. Personally, I prefer to use this product at night or at home since the package is a bit too large to carry it with me all the time. However, I do take it with me when my hand dryness is getting out of control: Aveeno products are proven to help with dryness even when all other products failed.
#2: Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra Enriched Hand Creme ($5.29). Together with Aveeno, this product also deserves the first prize award for its pleasant consistency and convenient packaging. Honestly, I experience problems with choosing between these two products because both of them are so perfect; thus, I always try to have both of them at my disposal. I usually have Eucerin moisturizer with me at all times because it comes in a smaller package that fits in almost any bag. I also like the fact that this product is fragrance free and not too heavy. This cream also helps to keep your cuticles healthy. If you have no time for a manicure, apply a little amount of this hand lotion on your cuticles to make them look hydrated.
#3: EOS Travel Size Everyday Hand Lotion ($1.99). I really like the design of this light and non-greasy hand lotion: It is very compact, colorful, and pretty. Having such a nice product in your purse is a great reminder to moisturize your hands after every wash. Yes, you heard me right: after every wash. The skin on your hands is no different than the rest of your body. Thus, if you put on lotion every time you take shower or wash your face, why don’t you use the same tactic when it comes to keeping your hands moisturized? I prefer to use a lighter version of hand moisturizer during the day (especially when you work with documents at the office) and heavier options in the evening. Also, I always make sure to apply a heavy-duty hand cream (such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream) at night so my hands stay hydrated all night long.
#4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($12.00). As you might have known, I love beauty products that contain Shea butter (I also like to use raw Shea butter), and this wonderful hand cream is not an exception. It is very creamy but not greasy, comes in a cute tube, and requires just a small amount to properly moisturize your hands. In addition to Shea butter, it incorporates such natural ingredients as honey, almond, and coconut oils. The cream comes in different packages, but I prefer to purchase a set of 1 oz. lotions. They are small enough to carry in a purse, and at the same time I do not have to re-purchase them often.
#5: Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream ($3.48). This hand lotion is hard to find in stores, but it is worth trying to find it online. Many of the manicurists I have been working with are swearing by it. The main ingredient of this product is glycerin that soothes the skin and protects your skin from everyday environmental damage. To make this explanation more visual, think about this product as invisible gloves that you put on every time you apply the lotion. Another active ingredient used in this cream is chamomile, which is known for its healing properties. However, do not be afraid that the product will smell like chamomile (I don’t really like this aroma either); instead, it has a very delicate and non-irritating scent. I would recommend using this product at night because its consistency is on the heavier side. However, if you do not mind thicker lotions, it might work for you during the day too.
I hope you guys found this post helpful and were able to explore some new beauty products designed to help you with hand dryness. Check out StyleSprinter blog next week when I will be posting some simple DIY hand lotion recipes.