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The best hand creams to hydrate your over-washed and sanitiser-stripped skin

If you’ve been religiously following the rulebook for washing your hands (and have enforced the rule on your family and friends) to combat Coronavirus, chances are your skin is as dry as a bone by now.

Feeling that burning sensation on your hands? Our brain tells us that it’s extremely crucial to wash our hands round-the-clock and to use a good sanitiser with at least 60 percent alcohol content. But, our hearts (and palms) ache to see those cracks, redness, and flaking all over our hands. Ironically, over-washing hands can cause dry cracks in the skin and even possibly give bacteria an entry point to your bodies.

We shouldn’t stop practicing every precaution we can take, but what we can do is hydrate and moisturise our skin better. We believe that self-care is necessary, and that’s why we’ve rounded up a slew of moisturising hand creams that are vitamin- and anti-oxidant-rich for when you’re feeling parched.

From Aesop’s sweet-sultry concentrated cream to Kiehl’s eucalyptus-scented salve, consider these your support system in your newly-adopted hygiene habits.

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Formulated for the most severely dried hands and the most active ones, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (75 ML) is as powerfully effective as its name. This all-day care moisturising treatment infuses luxurious key ingredients like avocado, eucalyptus, and sesame — which draw and absorb water from the air to form a “glove-like” protective barrier against those unavoidable cracks. This ultimate blend of botanicals is richly moisturised and non-greasy, so simply apply after washing your hands.

Price: THB 750

Whilst all the malls are shut, we can still grab our trusted skincare essentials from the beauty rack. If you haven’t seen La Mer’s Rejuvenating Hand Serum 48ml before, now is the chance for your skin to take a quick rebirth. This inviting silky-soft treatment is the ultimate healing hydration your skin needs. The benefits? It is made for renewal and brightening of the skin, reduces any sort of discolouration, and softens your palms like a pillow. Simply apply morning and night, and gently massage 1-2 pumps into the skin.

Price: THB 4,900

Have you tried the cream from our traditional Thai skincare brand HARNN? Made will all-natural Thai ingredients, HARNN never seem to disappoint us with its aromatic scent and its therapeutic formulation that can work wonders. The tropical wood hand cream with fresh cell is intensively rich, and is designed to moisturise any dry skin, blemishes, and dark spots. Can you smell the woody citrus scent? Think, sandalwood and orange blossom. The ingredients — shea butter, organic argan oil, organic olive oil, fresh kiwi cells, and nanowhite extracts — is specially blended to help soften the texture of our hands and improve our skin condition. Apply HARNN’s cream to clean dry hands and gently rub the cream with emphasis on dry areas.

Price: THB 790

It might feel like it’s been a century since we got our manicures done, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Clarins makes sure we don’t feel disheartened with their New Super Restorative Age-Control Hand Cream (100ml) that helps shed away all the harmful effects of harsh environmental influences. It regenerates and plumps skin at all levels — from your wrist to your fingertips. This sumptuous melting creamy texture leaves our skin soft and smooth, without that oil or sticky feeling. Clarins uses a combination of plant extracts that nourish and beat the aging of our skin. Make sure to apply it all over, especially the back of the hands and nails.

Price: THB 2,200

The creative organic-based brand has always blessed us with holistic care that helps us power through in many ways. In this crucial time, THREE’s Hand & Arm cream AC R (50 g) made from 98% naturally derived ingredients, gives our cuticles some rest. When applied, this treatment cream dives deep into the skin and restores the protective layer so it could replenish our hands and make it softer than our current state. Luckily, it’s non-greasy and its rich-texture creamy feel makes it quite refreshing. Apply the cream throughout the day whenever you feel it is necessary and spread it out from the fingertips to your elbow.

Price: THB 1,300

If you’re looking for a floral-scented hand cream with a pinch of peppermint oil, then you can stop looking. Panpuri’s Siamese Water Uplifting Hand and Nail cream (75 ml) will pamper your skin with some antioxidant-rich pomegranate extracts and botanical oils. Oh yes, it boasts 85% natural origin ingredients and is vegan and cruelty-free. Uplift your skin and spirits with superfoods like pomegranate, the traditional ylang-ylang natural energiser, and jasmine to enhance the skin’s elasticity.

Price: THB 990

Are you constantly feeling the urge to scratch your skin? THANN’s Oriental Hand Cream (40 g) is a dermatologically-tested treatment that helps in reducing roughness dehydrations, and any ravaged conditions. The cream contains exotic ingredients like organic coconut, organic organ, rice bran oils, and organic rose water that all soothe the skin, nails, and cuticles.

Price: THB 550

The American plant-based skincare brand hits all the right notes. Aveda’s Hand Relief Moisturiing Creme (125 mL) is here to help seal in softness over through the hands you’ve been constantly washing. The andiron oil and other plant hydrators protect the skin’s moisture barrier in the most effective way. Simply tap on the button below and you’ll be glad you did.

Price: THB 1,150

Alisha Pawa
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.
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