Hand hygiene is the most important measure suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to avoid the transmission of harmful germs. Washing hands with soap and water rinses away germs and dirt, but it can be so harsh on your skin as it strips the natural, protective oils away. With all that exposure to drying elements and environmental threats, it’s no wonder our hands are the first place to show signs of weathering and aging.
Common symptoms of dry hands
With frequent handwashing and insufficient hand care, many of us experience the below symptoms on our palms, fingertips, knuckles and in between the fingers.
- Flaky and cracked skin
Dry skin is usually not harmful. Apart from uncomfortably dry and tight skin, flakiness and cracked skin can occur.
- Rashes and itchiness
In some cases, our skin becomes irritated and sensitive. Itchiness, red patches and rashes can be worsened as you scratch it.
- Medical conditions
Occasionally, more severe symptoms will develop, including atopic dermatitis psoriasis and dry eczema, when the skin starts to swell and become inflamed.
How to care for hands after excessive handwashing
A better way to clean your hands
Research shows that hand sanitisers are a gentler alternative to your usual soap and waters, as it causes less contact dermatitis. Our Tough Shield hand sanitiser contains 75% alcohol, killing 99.99% germs, just as efficiently as using soap and water. Infused with a unique blend of moisturising factors, including panthenol, glycerin and hyaluronic acids, this non-drying hand sanitiser leaves your hands soft and healthy after many times of washing.
How to rescue dry hands
The outermost layer of our skin acts as a shield to prevent moisture loss. This natural barrier can be broken down by soaps and chemicals, which strip off the natural oils and moisture in your skin.
Therefore, the best treatment for dry hands recommended by dermatologists is using a good hand cream, which can effectively replace the lost oil, strengthen your skin’s barrier function and protect your skin from drying out. Here are some of the best hand creams you can find in Australia.
The best hand cream for work-damaged hands
Our original Tough Hands intensive hand cream was the bestselling hand moisturiser in Australia in 2018. Its triple-action formula is designed to fix dry and rough skin.
It contains natural AHAs that soften thickened calluses, allowing nutrition to penetrate the skin. It is super hydrating thanks to active ingredients like Urea, glycerin and sodium PCA. Scientifically added antimicrobial tea tree and lemon myrtle extract calm inflammation and assist in the healing of cracks. Dimethicone forms a ‘glove-like’ protective film that sits on top of the skin to prevent moisture loss, leaving your hands feeling silky and non-greasy. If you have work-damaged hands or extremely dry skin, you can use a little help from Tough Hands.
The best hand cream for sensitive skin
If your hands are already sensitive, you don’t want to upset it more with irritants. Our Tough Hands Fragrance Free contains no fragrances and is perfect for even the most sensitive skin types. Its scientific formula deeply nourishes thirsty skin and replenishes dryness.
100% free from parabens, harsh chemicals, irritants or nasty ingredients, Tough Hands Fragrance Free is a super gentle yet effective hand treatment dermatologically tested to provide fast relief to dry, sensitive hands. It’s the best fragrance-free hand cream for those with sensitive skin and have to wash their hands repeatedly.
The best hand cream for premature aging
Our Tough Hands for Her is one of our most-loved hand creams as it contains anti-aging peptides, which has science-backed benefits of boosting collagen production. It is also enriched with niacinamide, a brightening ingredient, and panthenol, an outstanding skin moisturiser. This hand cream tackles skin concerns of premature aging, loss of skin elasticity, hyperpigmentation and UV damage. This anti-aging hand cream is ideal for those who want their hands softer, smoother and younger-looking hands.
To get the best out of your hand cream, we recommend using it immediately after washing your hands. Pat dry your hands before applying and gently rub the cream into your skin until absorbed.
Your hands deserve a good hand cream. Choose the one from our Tough Hands hand cream range that suits your skincare needs. Our hand creams are clinically proven to improve skin conditions in 1 day. Rescues dry, cracked and irritated hands today with DU’IT, Australia’s number 1 hand cream brand* and functional skincare expert.
*IRI data, Grocery & Pharmacy, MAT 2019