What are the best hand cream ingredients for soft, healthy hands?
Take a minute to stop what you are doing. Look at your hands. Are they radiant, soft, and healthy looking? Our hands work hard and sometimes it shows.
Many people work in professions where frequent hand-washing in a must. Those in medical professions, for example, wash their hands before and after each new patient. Preschool and daycare workers are constantly washing their hands. Hair stylists frequently have their hands immersed in water. This causes the skin to become dehydrated. That is why using a hand cream is so important.
Are you a gardener like I am? Between hands being in the earth and the frequent hand washing, skipping hand cream is simply not an option. Why is it, then, that so many people do not see lasting improvement in the condition of their skin with their current hand cream? It could be the ingredients.
Using an effective hand cream can help soften, nourish, soothe, and protect the skin, working to replenish lost moisture. The ingredients in hand creams can vary wildly. Most hand creams on the market contain dimethicone, which I would very briefly like to address.
Dimethicone forms a barrier — it is a polymer. In other words, it forms an artificial coating over your skin. Now think about this. If you are, day in and day out, applying a product that leaves an artificial coating to your skin, it will eventually wreak havoc on your skin.
This happens because everyday dirt, bacteria, sweat, etc. gets trapped underneath that barrier. This creates the perfect opportunity for breakouts and skin irritation to occur. It also inhibits something vital: the natural process of dead skin cells shedding. If your skin cells aren’t shedding, they are collecting.
Well, when used regularly, dimethicone can cause patches of uneven texture and tone, dryness, skin congestion, and flaking. This creates a vicious cycle. Your skin starts looking dry and dull, so you apply MORE of the product causing the problem to begin with.
Today, we are looking at 2 popular hand creams on the market and examining their ingredients. Let's take a look.
Crabtree and Evelyn Gardener's Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy
Water (Aqua)(Eau), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Zea Mays (corn) Starch, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Isopropyl Myristate, Saccharide Isomerate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Sucrose Stearate, Arginine, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sucrose Tristearate, Fragrance (parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Caprylyl Methicone, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Ceramide Np, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide Ap, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Elaeis Guineensis (palm) Oil, Ceramide Eop, Squalane, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Linalool, Coumarin, Evernia Furfuracea (treemoss) Extract, Eugenol, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
In it, you will find phenoxyethanol, which is an ingredient often used instead of parabens, but not viewed as a healthy ingredient. There is also artificial fragrance, PEGs, and dimethicone (silicone). Coumarin, which is present in this cream ranks a 7 out of 10 in the Skin Deep Database, as does Eugenol.
Price: $24 for 3.5 ounces
Now, let's take a look at a recently released popular hand cream.
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Hydrogenated Stearyl Olive Esters, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-75 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Sesame Seed Oil, Squalane, Dimethicone, Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Avocado Oil, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, Methylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Disodium Edta, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.
This cream contains parabens, phenoxyethanol, Ceteth-20 (considered an environmental contaminant in Canada), silicone and polymers, and PEG ingredients.
Price: $16 for 2.5 ounces
You deserve better. Here is what is in our Seed Extra Moisturizing Hand Cream. For reference, I am using the Fragrance Free version. Note that we NEVER use artificial fragrance to scent products, only 100% pure essential oils:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Tapioca Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
As you can see, there are no silicones or parabens, nor are there any artificial fragrances. You will, however, find Grape Seed Oil, Aloe, Sunflower, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba, and beneficial antioxidants. You will never see unnecessary fillers or polymers or ingredients you worry about -- because you deserve better and our Award Winning Hand Cream delivers! Plus, it is affordably priced at $8.95 -- without compromising ingredients.
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