The Best Hand Lotions to Moisturize Your Dry, Cracked Skin
In the past year, we've all ramped up our hand washing and disinfecting routines due to the pandemic. Although all the sudsing has left our hands clean, all the water, soap, and scrubbing make our skin ultra-dry. And now that we're approaching cooler weather again, our skin is about to be as parched as ever and craving some relief. You probably already know the cure for dehydrated skin is lotion, but it shouldn't be just any old moisturizer. (Definitely not the one in the back of your vanity that hasn't been used since last winter.) The ingredients in your products are important, says Channing Barnett, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Barnett Dermatology in Boca Raton, Florida.
Barnett recommends a few simple products and routine updates to get your skin feeling oh-so-smooth. The first thing to know is to look for an item that comes in a tub or a tube, not something thin enough that can be pushed out of a pump. "The creamier, the heavier the product, the better," she says. The other important step to take is to know the best time to lather up. "The ideal scenario is, if you're going to wash your hands, to moisturize right after, to seal in that moisture," Barnett explains. She also says to apply lotion multiple times per day.
Now, let's get to the goods. Barnett highly recommends all these products and says though they're thicker in their consistency, they all have a grease-free finish. Plus, they're all available online, so you won't have to leave the house.