A universal cream for all occasions is, of course, not bad. But if you intend to take care of your hands seriously and keep your skin beautiful for a long time, you will not be able to limit yourself to one tube. It is better to purchase several products that can solve a variety of problems.
When choosing a hand cream, consider not only its price and the prestige of the brand. The main thing is the properties and composition of the product that you intend to purchase. Anyone who has frequent contact with water needs a protective cream with silicones. It creates a thin protective film on the skin that protects against aggressive environmental influences. To some extent, such a cream will replace not very comfortable rubber gloves.
Light creams and emulsions with vegetable oils, vitamins A and E, collagen and other useful additives are designed to soften the skin of the hands during the day. They may not cope with serious problems, but they will perfectly maintain the softness of the skin and give it a well-groomed look. It is recommended to apply such creams after each contact of hands with water, preferably on slightly damp skin.
Problem hands with calluses, cracks, flaky skin need more serious creams. Look for professional or pharmacy brands - supermarkets don't usually sell such products. These hand creams include glycerin, urea, hyaluronic acid or retinol, all of which help the skin to regenerate and retain moisture.
Hands need extra care at night. Vai, fatty creams with a high content of glycerin and oils, both vegetable and mineral, are suitable. Such creams are applied to the hands in a thick layer, massaged thoroughly, paying special attention to the hardened areas. To enhance the effect, you can wear cotton gloves - then the skin of your hands will be guaranteed soft in the morning. It is better to precede this procedure with a warm bath, and apply the cream on slightly damp skin.
For nails and cuticles, there are separate creams that help not only nourish and soften the skin, but also facilitate manicure. Essential oils and fruit acids are added to nail creams. They can be used several times during the day, especially after contact with water. A bit of a hassle, but your nails will look healthy and the skin on your fingers will remain soft.
Those who do not like the feeling of "oil" on their hands should pay attention to gels. Hand gels are enriched with plant extracts - extracts from plantain, chamomile, rose, calendula. They are instantly absorbed, do not leave greasy marks, however, they do not guarantee maximum hydration. Gels are suitable only for well-groomed hands that do not need intensive care.