The cold, washing your hands often with soap and water or sanitizing them with alcohol-based gels make the skin drier than usual. For this they are necessary hand creams that help restore the barrier effect on the skin, even better if with a rich texture and delicate fragrance.
The gesture of applying the hand cream becomes, in fact, a moment of well-being, a small “bubble” of pleasant sensations, perhaps increased with a small massage. After all, as long as the temperatures remain rigid, the problem of parched skin exists. To protect itself from the cold, the heart pumps less blood to the extremities, so the hands and feet are less perfused, the skin cells produce less collagen and, as a result, the skin thins and dehydrates.
The hand creams to be used during this period must help above all to counteract itching and redness, but also to be pleasant to massage, to enjoy a sensory fullness. We have examined 14, promoting 4. Find out with which criteria we preferred them.
Glycerin, not too much
“We need one restorative formula, which contains skin-like vegetable fats such as shea butter, cocoa, jojoba, olive, almond oil: they are nourishing and hydro-replenishing and their affinity with the skin makes them absorb better, avoiding the greasy sensation that often accompanies creams rich. Also good is the presence of oils such as that of sacha inchi, rich in Omega 3 and 6, able to restore the skin barrier. In this sense, the presence of panthenol is valid, which acts on two fronts: as a precursor of vitamin B5 it supports the physiological process of tissue renewal and, thanks to its hydrophilic structure, retains water in the skin layers, preserving the right level of hydration ” , explains Umberto Borellinicosmetologist and lecturer at various universities.
We then evaluated the concentration of glycerinwhich must be present, but not too much: “More than 10% risks dehydrating because it is a molecule that attracts water”, specifies the expert.
Finally, the presence of antioxidants such as vitamin E and botanical extracts has been evaluated positively: for example, where silicones were once found, today there are vegetable waxes, which guarantee spreadability and a slight film-forming effect. Finally, plants and flowers give a natural scent (which is less tiring) without the need to add too many synthetic molecules.
Hand cream, soft but not greasy
We massaged the hand creams immediately after washing them with soap and water and therefore evaluated fragrance (an important aspect for these products, even if it is often linked to personal taste), consistency, which had to be full-bodied but not greasyease of application and softness of the epidermis after an hour and at the end of the day, after repeating the application once.
As another parameter we also took into consideration the packaging and the value for money.
Manimai cream after sanitizing
«Apply the cream several times a day, but avoid doing it immediately after using the hydroalcoholic gel because it would nullify the nourishing effect. Better to apply it generously in the morning with a small massage up to the wrist and then, reapply it several times during the day, spreading the cream only on the back of the hands. For an extra softness effect, the evening before going to bed, abound with the product, massage and leave it on all night under cotton gloves », concludes the cosmetologist.
HAND CREAMS, THE BEST 4:
Hand cream Plumeria by Equazione Botanica250 ml, 18 € on equazionebeauty.com
The strong point. The delicate scent.
We liked the “made in Sicily” formula with plant extracts from a local botanical garden specializing in rare plants. Like the plumeria flower, also known as frangipane, with a detox action and a sweet scent. The presence of shea butter, avocado oil and prickly pear shovel extract ensures hydration and protection, while vitamin E performs an antioxidant job.
Use it like this. The 250 ml pump bottle delivers the right dose of cream, with a fluid consistency and immediately absorbed. Ideal for the whole family, it is applied after washing your hands and should ideally be kept next to the liquid soap dispenser.
The first three ingredients: Plumeria alba flower extract, Ethylhexyl stearate, Butyrospermum parkii butter.
Hand balm Rosa Purpurea dell’Erbolario, 75 ml, € 10.90 (with cotton gloves). In herbal medicine and on erbolario.com
The strong point. The consistency suitable for massage.
Excellent formula, rich in emollient agents of botanical origin, such as the unsaponifiables of olive oil and shea, as well as various types of Gallic rose extracts to tone, moisturize and protect the skin. The scent of roses is very pleasant and never intrusive, the texture is rich and suitable for massage without leaving greasy residues.
The price is also excellent, also considering the free cotton gloves.
Use it like this. In the morning a small massage is enough to absorb the cream, in the evening apply a rich and even layer and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, wearing cotton gloves. It’s for you if you are looking for a rich, fragrant but not too expensive cream.
The first three ingredients: Aqua, Dicaprylyl ether, Glycerin.
Comfort Zone Specialist Hand Cream75 ml, € 19.50, in spas and on it.comfortzoneskin.com
The strong point. The protective action.
Here is a cream rich in quality repairing agents: in addition to shea butter it boasts squalane, panthenol, crambe abyssinica and sacha inchi oils, vitamin E. A dream team able to restore and protect the skin barrier, but also a rich texture and pleasant to massage and scented notes of white tea for a plus of well-being.
Use it like this. Despite being a very emollient product, it leaves no residue and can be massaged in an instant even during the day. If you expect extreme sensoriality from a cream and a fragrance that is also suitable for him, this is the one for you.
The first three ingredients: Aqua, butyrospermum parkii butter, Glycerin.
Eterea Natural Cosmetics Hand and Nail Balm60 ml, 15 € on etereacosmesi.it
The strong point. The wealth of assets.
Thumbs up for this “green” balm for hands and nails based on shea butter (first ingredient), chamomile and olive, bran, rice, jojoba and cannabis oils with nourishing and protective properties. Delicately scented with tiare extract and enriched with panthenol and vitamin E, it has an almost solid consistency which, as soon as it is massaged, blends into the skin.
Use it like this. Con a softening action also on nails and cuticles, it is a complete hand treatment that can also be left on all night under cotton gloves. Perfect if you have tight and cracked skin, because it is a super emollient cream without being greasy.
The first three ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Water, Cocos Nucifera Oil.
Our Lab testers: Umberto Borellini, cosmetologist; Laurence Donnini, journalist.