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Winter Hand Care: Keep your hands soft and hydrated with nourishing balms and lotions

Updated: Jan 25



Although winter hand care may not be everyone's primary concern, our hands are one of the first places to endure the brunt of the cold weather. Since the skin of our hands is particularly thin, it gets affected by exposure to the cold wind and air very quickly, and with that, problems such as dryness, irritation and sore chapped skin.

When washing your hands frequently to avoid picking up germs and viruses, you could deplete whatever natural oils are in your skin. We'd like you to treat your hands to some much-needed TLC, so we're lending a helping hand (sorry) to suggest an excellent hand-care routine.


DON'T OVER-WASH YOUR HANDS

We're all taught that thorough hand washing is our best defence against Winter viruses and bacteria, but constant washing of hands can dry weather-worn skin even further.

CHOOSE GENTLE HAND SOAP

Opt for a mild natural glycerine-rich soap that contains no detergents.

Glycerine isn't added to artisan soap but is a byproduct of soap-making and is the perfect ingredient for dry skin.

Use warm water rather than hot and carefully work up a lather using a natural soap bar. Pat your hands dry and apply a small drop of our nourishing Shea butter hand cream to hydrate and protect.

WINTER HAND CARE

Did you know that products containing high levels of Shea butter give your skin up to 24-hour protection? For regular hand washing, we recommend applying moisturiser after each wash. Avoid hand gels containing alcohol, which further dries out your skin.

Shea butter is a deeply nourishing cream and is an excellent moisturising agent for the skin. It's similar to cocoa butter and contains many lipids, making it a great natural product for hydrating and protecting the skin barrier.

Essentially, two ingredients do most of the work to keep your skin hydrated and soft: humectants and emollients.

Emollients act as lubricants and a barrier on the surface of the skin.

Humectants (found in glycerin-rich natural soap) draw moisture into the skin and help increase the water content of the skin's outer layer.

Our Shea Butter Hand Cream in pump action recyclable bottle is beautifully moisturising and sinks in without leaving an oily residue.

HEALING HANDCARE BALMS

If your hands have gone from dry to cracked with peeling knuckles, you must consider a thicker product to help heal the skin. Waterless balms are an excellent choice; just a little applied each night will give your skin time to absorb the balm and restore the condition of your skin.


EXFOLIATE

If you exfoliate the skin on your face and body, doing the same on your hands is beneficial. Exfoliate using a gentle scrub like olive oil and a little natural sugar. Don't exfoliate chapped or cracked skin.

Once a week, I mix up my exfoliant with a dessert spoon of our Natural Epsom bath salts with a little Olive Oil - perfect for both my hands and feet.

TAKING CARE OF NAILS AND CUTICLES

Our Shea Butter Hand & Nail Cream is perfect for working into the nails and cuticles, as these parts of your hand can become dry and more prone to damage when we neglect them.


Ingredients in our Hand Cream:

Coconut Oil

Shea Butter

Macadamia Oil

Almond Oil Oil


Benefits of Shea Butter:

Intensely moisturising

Improves skin elasticity

Nourishes and softens skin

Vitamin A and E helps reduce signs of ageing

Skin barrier protection

Hardworking hands can also benefit from richly moisturising soap, such as our Rosemary, Lavender and Goats Milk and our new Pink Clay & Rose Geranium, which also contains Shea Butter.

As part of our nourishing Handcare Duo, we include a 2g pot of Lip & Cuticle Balm that is light, not greasy and helps soften those stubborn and raggedy cuticles. Moisturise cuticles and nails regularly to prevent dryness and cracking.


Ingredients in our Cuticle Balm:

Calendula officinalis (Calendula Oil Extract)

Helianthus Annuus Oil (Sunflower Oil)

Prunus Amygdalus (Almond Oil)

Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa Butter)


Benefits Of Calendula Oil:

Helps skin heal

Helps skin hydration

Skin-soothing properties

Calendula oil is created by infusing Marigold flowers in a carrier oil, which is fantastic for sensitive skin sufferers.

All our products are GMP certified in a UK laboratory, and GMP is a legal requirement of the UK and the EU Cosmetics Regulations.


We'd love to hear from you. Don't hesitate to contact us for further information on our Certified Vegan soap and skincare.

Pam



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