Top Ingredients In Hand Cream

Choosing a hand cream? We have tips. Look for these skin-saving ingredients

Top Ingredients In Hand Cream

Look for these ingredients when you're shopping for the best hand cream

Soft hands not only feel good and look good on you, but they make for a gentle touch to others. Hand creams can quickly soothe rough and dry skin and help nourish our body’s favorite tool to a velvety finish. Hand creams are an essential product to keep with us in the purse, in the briefcase, on the vanity countertop, to be used throughout the day whenever you need an emollient to rescue worn skin on the hands. We are inundated with the many brands, scents, and bottles available and everyone has those that they prefer. However, what are the best ingredients to look for when searching for your go-to balm? There are a couple of considerations and ingredients that work well for dry hands.

Vitamin E

As a natural moisturizer, vitamin E is a nutrient and it is also an antioxidant. Vitamin E can be taken in pill form and is found in certain foods such as nuts and seeds, green leafy veggies and fortified cereals. It can also be most directly used when applied right on the skin in the form of oil which is the purest way to get the most out of this skincare ingredient. This is an ingredient that is not only used in hand creams and other skincare moisturizers, it is also used in after-sun creams, eye creams, anti-aging serums, and protective sun care topicals.

In terms of skincare, vitamin E can work very well alone but in combination with other antioxidants, the benefits shine. Vitamin C and CoEnzyme Q10 are terrific combinations to use together for the most robust results. When applied to the skin, the hydration works very well to promote cellular regeneration which increases cell turnover and renewal. It also provides lubrication to current cellular membranes keeping them plump. As such it is effective at smoothing out wrinkles and can even assist in lightening up unsightly discoloration and brown spots that appear on the skin.


Any lotion should include some form of SPF. It makes no difference if it is a beautiful sunny day or a cloudy dreary day, the need for SPF is a daily requirement that is a layer of necessary protection for your skin. The hands, like our face, are constantly exposed to the elements, including the sun, which is why these areas need special extra care and attention. Our hands get much less attention from beauty lotions and regimens which often results in this part of our body showing the visual signs of aging first and foremost.

Because our hands are often neglected as an afterthought in our beauty care routine, and because we use them so much they take a real beating. Not to mention the skin on our hands is very thin which leads to the ability for UVA rays to easily penetrate deep and fast into these layers and cause damage. The visible symptoms persist as dark spots, looseness from loss of collagen and elastin, dullness, dryness, and lines. There are a wide variety of SPF strengths you can find in a hand cream from SPF 15 to SPF 50+. Children’s delicate skin should always err on the higher side of the spectrum. No matter which cream you choose, make sure it is formulated with that extra layer of sun protection.

Shea Butter

A light, natural moisturizer that is versatile enough to be whipped up as a decedent body butter or used as a lush lotion. Full of fatty acids and vitamins A and E, this ingredient heals skin and amps up its health. It also provides a bit of its own natural UV protection, which makes it extremely functional. It can be used on delicate baby’s skin and as an effective rejuvenation to mature skin.

Shea is also known as karite butter that comes from the African Shea tree and its properties allow it to melt at room temperature. This ability to meltdown makes it much easier for the skin to soak it in and absorb its many benefits. This ancient skin care remedy is recognized and beloved throughout the world and is used in its raw form as well as widely incorporated into DIY homemade products and commercially manufactured cosmetics.


Found naturally in our skin, this critical ingredient can be used in strategically composed formulations to amp up our skin’s defenses. It functions as a humectant that draws in moisture and holds it which ultimately keeps the cells hydrated. Hydrated skin is much stronger and more protected to stand up to those environmental stressors.

There's no doubt that using a hand cream will result in smoother, younger-looking, less-wrinkled hands, especially if it has any combination of these valuable ingredients.

Resources — National Institutes of Health, LIVESTRONG, Science Direct

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