Your poor hands
When we’re not washing our (already-winter-weary) hands, we’re dousing them with alcohol-laced sanitizer. It’s all necessary since washing your hands can help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and a number of other diseases. “But along with germs, [the] soap also breaks down the natural oils in the outermost layer of our skin. This layer is protective, maintaining moisture in the skin,” says David Lortscher, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego. The solution is clear: hand cream. “Applying a moisturizer after washing helps restore that barrier,” Dr. Lortscher continues. “If your hands are left unmoisturized after frequent washing or use of hand sanitizer, itching, flaking, and, in severe cases, cracking may result.”
How do you pick a hand cream that’s up to the job? Dr. Lortscher suggests keeping an eye out for a few key ingredients:
Ceramides, naturally occurring fats in the skin that will help decrease irritation.
Aloe, well known for its skin-soothing and healing properties.
Hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture in the outermost layer of the skin.
Oil-based ingredients and emollients, such as plant oils, to help seal in moisture.
Soy, which has a variety of active components that help restore barrier function and replenish moisture, as well as provides antioxidant activity that can help to smooth and soften skin.
We realize that’s a lot of label-reading and not all moisturizers are created equal. We rounded up the best-reviewed products on the market—the ones that earned more than four and a half stars from reviewers—so that your poor hands get some much-needed TLC.
Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.
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