Winter is hard on your hands. When the weather turns cold and the air dries out, your skin can no longer hold onto the moisture. With excessive hand washing, our hands can become even drier and rougher. Many people can also feel their hands getting dull, chapped, and troubled in winter. Our hands need some extra attention during the winter season. Here are some home remedies you can try to restore soft, supple and healthy hands.
Your hands can become rough and irritated during the winter season. Hand exfoliating products can help remove dead, dry and damaged skin on your hands. It also helps the absorption of your hand cream. Try to avoid hand scrubs with harsh ingredients such as alcohol or solvents as they might strip away the body’s natural oils.
DU’IT Tough Scrub is an award-winning hand cleanser that contains natural walnut shell to remove dirt, grime, and grease gently. It exfoliates your hands without drying or irritating them. With added vitamin E, a healing agent and glycerine, an effective humectant, Tough Scrub removes damaged skin and heals chapped hands, leaving your hands feeling smooth, refreshed and soft.
Prolonged exposure to water and detergents can dry your hands because it washes away the natural oils in the skin and weakens skin’s barrier functions. Wearing a pair of protective gloves gives a layer of protection against harsh substances.
Cold air outside can also strip the moisture from your skin, causing dryness and sensitivity. Wearing gloves outdoor can keep your hands warm. It also helps to protect your hands from the harsh winter wind.
Cracked skin, peeling fingertips and chapped cuticles may be caused by many reasons from dryness, frequent handwashing to use of products with harsh chemicals. Keeping your hands moisturised will ensure they are supple and smooth for longer. So always remember to use a good hand cream after handwashing, before bed or anytime you like.
You can even use your hand cream as an overnight mask, like what you do with your face. Soak your hands in lukewarm water for 5 minutes, pat dry, and apply a thick layer of your favourite hand cream before bed. You’ll wake up with baby soft hands.
A good hand moisturiser can rehydrate, repair and protect your stressed hands, which is especially important in winter. So what makes a good hand cream? Here are some of the factors you should consider when picking your winter hand cream.
Best hand creams should be able to:
- Add moisture and attract water
The first thing that hand creams should do is to fix dehydrated skin. Humectants like glycerin, urea and sodium PCA will give your skin a moisture boost and pull moisture from the surrounding air into your skin like a sponge.
- Absorb easily
Choose a hand cream that penetrates, not just staying on top of the skin. The cream should be absorbed quickly, deeply nourish thirsty skin cells and you don’t need to worry about it being washed off easily.
- Prevent moisture loss
You would also want your skin to stay hydrated for a longer time. Look for ingredients such as dimethicone on your label as they can seal in hydration. It also helps to restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.
- Heal and soothe the skin
When it comes to cracked hands, antimicrobial ingredients like tea tree extract and lemon myrtle can effectively calm sensitive or irritated skin, promote healing of minor cuts and seal cracks.
- Contain no nasties
A good hand cream should also be non-irritating. Make sure your hand cream doesn’t contain any nasties like parabens or lanolin, as they can trigger skin sensitivity.
Here are some of the best hand care products we recommend to you. Australia’s No.1 hand cream DU’IT Tough Hands is a clinically proven hand moisturiser designed to target chronically dry, rough and cracked hands (IRI Data, Pharmacy & Grocery 2019). It has an intensive formulation that contains urea, vitamin E, sodium PCA, glycerin and dimethicone, to nourish and protect your skin around the clock. Natural AHAs helps to remove dead skin cells and combat calloused hands. Tea tree extract and lemon myrtle have unique antimicrobial properties that help the cracks to heal. Its gel-emulsion consistency sinks in quickly without leaving any greasy residue. Tough Hands hand cream also comes in a travel-friendly 75g size, allowing you to moisturise your dry hands on the go.
If your hands are prone to sensitivity, we also have a fragrance-free hand cream for you. DU’IT Tough Hands Fragrance Free is an effective hand cream that contains no added fragrances or any nasty ingredients. Free from parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin and propylene glycol, it is super gentle and non-irritating even on the most sensitive skin type. It is the best hand cream for dry and sensitive hands and is recommended by the Eczema Association of Australia.
For those of you who would like a little extra hand pampering, try Tough Hands for Her, an anti-aging hand cream that tightens and brightens your skin, making your hands look younger and more radiant. Infused with peptides, niacinamide and panthenol, it keeps your hands amazingly soft. Tough Hands for Her intensive hand cream is voted 5 out of 5 stars on Beauty Heaven.
All DU’IT hand creams are Australian made, scientifically formulated and clinically tested. They deliver visible effects within 1 day.
It is time to reward your hardworking hands with an indulgent and nourishing hand cream from Australia’s functional skincare expert DU’IT.