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Your hand care routine: The importance of hand cream

Discover how to care for the delicate skin on your hands with our top tips.

Cold weather, regular washing, harsh chemicals and medical conditions can all cause the skin on the hands to become dry and even cracked. Your hands can also become dry simply because they’re a bit neglected. You may have a consistent skincare routine in place for your face, but what about your hands?

Here we reveal why hand cream should be a priority in your skincare regime and the La Roche-Posay products that can help.

Why is hand cream important?

Hydration is vital for all areas of our skin, but the hands are one particular area that needs extra TLC. One of the main reasons for this is due to frequent hand washing which has only increased during the pandemic. And, while hand washing is vital in preventing the spread of viruses, it can damage the skin’s protective barrier that keeps moisture locked in. That’s why you should restore lost water and enable the barrier to be restored with lipid-rich lotions or creams after cleansing. Doing this regularly will also improve elasticity and skin tone while reducing premature ageing signs.

How should you apply it?

If your hands feel very dry, it’s advisable to apply hand cream after every wash. This will keep your skin barrier adequately protected and hydrated. If you don’t like the feeling of heavy creams on your hands during the day, apply moisturiser before bed for an intensive treatment. Make sure you apply cream to the tops of your hands where the skin is thinnest and has less sebaceous glands.

What products should I use?

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Hands is formulated to hydrate very overworked hands that have been damaged. It works as a barrier cream so leaves an invisible protective glove-like effect on the skin while nourishing it with a high concentration of selected ingredients including Thermal Spring Water. Lipikar Xerand For Hands is a daily moisturiser for very dry and chapped hands. It hydrates and soothes dehydrated skin with a formula enriched with shea butter, allantoin and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water while restoring the skin’s hydrolipidic film that protects the hands from further damage.

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