Applying Hand Cream

Your Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Using Hand Cream

Are your hands feeling dry, rough, and in desperate need of some TLC? Look no further! In this ultimate step-by-step guide, we will unravel the secrets to achieving silky smooth hands with the help of hand cream.

Whether you're a hand care enthusiast or a novice looking to pamper your skin, this article will take you on a journey towards hydrated and healthy hands.

From choosing the right hand cream for your specific needs to mastering the correct application technique, get ready to give your hardworking hands the love they truly deserve!

Why use hand cream in your skincare?

Using hand cream is important for the overall hand health. Washing our hands or using antiseptic gels regularly can lead to rougher, drier and irritated skin. By using a hand moisturiser cream after washing your hands, you not only keep the moisture and elasticity of your skin, but you can also reduce the risk of some skin conditions triggered by dryness and irritation, such as eczema or dermatitis.

Incorporating a good hand cream as a step in your daily skincare routine can be crucial in providing moisture back into dry hands and maintaining healthy skin. Read on to learn more on the benefits of hand creams and the best way to use them. 

The importance of hand care

During our daily lives, our hands are one of the most exposed parts of our body.  Yet we often underestimate the care they deserve. We use our hands constantly for all routine activities, and without even realising it, we probably expose them to various external substances and chemicals too. The cumulative effect of all these daily activities can lead to dry and chapped skin.

Taking care of our hands is important to help maintain overall skin health and prevent irritations and dry skin. Poor hand care and dry skin can lead to premature ageing. After exposing our hands to so many external stimulants it only makes sense to care for them, as much as we care for other parts of our body. 

Just like having an established a skincare routine for the rest of our body, we should also extend the same consistent skincare to our hands. Especially, if we want to maintain their skin health, beauty and prevent deterioration over time. 

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The benefits of using hand cream for dry hands

Moisturise your skin

Hands are exposed to various environmental stressors which can lead to dryness and moisture loss. A quality hand lotion is important to help restore and retain the skin's natural moisture, keeping your hands hydrated and soft. A hand cream can also create a defensive barrier to prevent moisture from leaving then skin.

Nourish your skin

The best hand creams usually contain ingredients such as shea butter or natural oils that provide added skin-care benefits to help nourish, soothe and revitalise the skin. Additionally, if you massage the hand repair cream into your nails and cuticles, you will also promote healthy nail growth and overall hand health. 

Prevent premature ageing

The best hand moisturisers will often contain ingredients like antioxidants or vitamins which can boost collagen and therefore reduce or prolong signs of aging such as diminish the appearance of fine lines or dark spots. 

Stress Relief

Our hands have many hand pressure points that help alleviate pain. The act of massaging a nice hand cream into your hands and fingers can help reduce stress and tension.

Also, some of the best smelling hand creams are scented with beautiful fragrances, providing a pleasant and soothing aromatic experience which can enhance feelings of freshness and relaxation. 

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What causes dry skin?

One of the most common causes of dry hands is overwashing. Washing your hands frequently, specially with hot water or harsh soaps, can strip away the natural oils of your skin which can make your skin dry and dehydrated. In that case, we would recommend using mild or gentle soaps that uses natural ingredients.

Another common cause of dry hands is environmental damage caused by artificial heating and weather conditions. Usually, during the cold winter months when your hands are exposed to strong winds and low humidity, your hand skin can become dry. Similarly, in the hotter summer months, while your hands can sweat outdoors. Alternatively exposure to air-conditioning can dry your skin too. 

Finally, the exposure to external elements such as detergents or cleaning products. As well as certain daily activities such as washing dishes, house cleaning or wearing gloves can be harsh on the skin causing dryness or irritation.

The best remedy for cracked and dry hands can be a quality, dry skin hand cream, designed to restore essential moisture and oils into your skin. 

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How to apply your hand cream?

Following are our steps for the best way to apply your hand cream for optimal skincare. 

Step 1: Clean hands

Ensure your hands are clean before applying your hydrating hand cream. We recommend washing them with a gentle bar soap or liquid soap and warm water. Then pat them dry with a towel, leaving them slightly damp. 

Step 2: Use the right amount

We suggest starting with a pea-sized amount in the palm of your hand and adjust as needed. With a premium thick, luxe hand cream, you will probably notice that a little goes a long way and using too much can leave your hands feeling greasy. The best hand and nail creams generally have a non-greasy formula for optimal moisture absorption. 

Step 3: Warm the cream

Rub your hands together while distributing the hand lotion evenly between your palms. This action warms the cream slightly which helps spread the handcream more easily and allows better absorption. 

Step 4: Apply to the back of your hands

Start by spreading your hand repair cream to the back of your hands. Massage the moisturising lotion in gentle, circular motions into your skin. This area tends to be drier and can benefit from extra moisture. Pay attention to your knuckles, joints and don't forget your wrist. 

Step 5: Fingers, nails and cuticles

Massage the hand and nail cream into each finger individually. Start at the base and work your way up to the fingertip, paying special attention to your nails and cuticles. Well-nourished cuticles can promote healthy nail growth.

Step 6: Massage

Massage your hands for a few minutes allowing the therapeutic hand cream to absorb into your skin. Massaging also improves blood circulation, which is beneficial for skin health and elasticity. Also take a moment to enjoy the gentle rubbing of your hands together.

Step 7: Absorption

Once you are pleased with the massage, let the rich, emollient hand cream penetrate into your skin. This may take a few minutes. Avoid touching surfaces or objects right after applying the hand cream.

Step 8: Reapply as needed

Depending your your skin condition and climate, you may want to reapply hand cream throughout the day when needed. Listen to your body, observe how your hands feel and apply hand cream accordingly. 

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When should you apply hand cream?

While the timing when to apply hand cream can depend on your personal preferences and needs, the following are some common times when you might consider applying a hand care cream for better results:

Apply hand cream after washing your hands

One of the most important times to apply hand cream is after washing your hands, or after your hands have been exposed to water, such as after doing the dishes or after a shower. Frequent hand washing or prolonged exposure to water can strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture making your skin dryer. Applying hand repair cream immediately afterward helps replenish lost moisture and prevent dryness. 

Apply a rich hand cream before bed

Enjoying a rich hand cream before bedtime can be particularly beneficial as your hands have an opportunity to absorb the cream and repair your skin overnight, leaving your hands soft and hydrated in the morning. We recommend using a thick and creamy hand cream for nighttime use. 

Apply hand cream throughout the day

Apply a nourishing hand cream whenever your hands feel dry or rough during the day, particularly when you engage in outdoor activities and your hands are exposed to harsh conditions, such as cold weather, wind or sun.

Consider applying a good hand cream during the day as needed, to sooth and protect your skin. It is also recommended to keep a small tube of a light hand cream in your bag to facilitate an easy and frequent use. 

Listen to your body, or more importantly to your hands. If you know that your hands are going to be exposed, spread a soothing hand cream to help provide protection and prevent dryness. If your hands feel tight or dry, administer a rich and creamy hand cream to provide relief and hydration. 

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How many times should you apply hand cream?

When it comes to using a hand cream, consistency is key. Similar to using a face cream or any other skin care product, the more consistent you are the better results you get. Consistency helps combat signs of premature aging, increases moister and elasticity while maintains soft and health skin.

Think about hand cream application as another step of your regular skincare routine. Aim for at least two times a day or more as needed. This will depend on the condition of your hands, the activities you do throughout the day or the weather conditions.

If is a cold winter day you might need to apply a hydrating hand cream more than three times per day, while during a humid summer day using hand balm two times per day could be enough. 

The English Soap Company Hand Cream

Things to consider when choosing the best hand cream

Skin type

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing the best performing hand cream is your skin type and concerns. Understanding your skin type is essential to choose a hand cream that addresses your unique needs. Are your hands dry, sensitive, oily, sun damaged or ageing? Knowing your concerns will guide your choice of cream. 

Moisturising Ingredients

While choosing the best lotion for your skin, it is also important to pay attention to the ingredient list and look for the key ingredients that address your concerns.

For example, luxury hand creams that contain shea butter are deeply nourishing and moisturising, while great hand creams for anti-aging will contain vitamins. 

Aloe vera is another natural ingredient which helps to hydrate, moisturise and soothe dry hands. It also supports the production of collagen and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Fragranced or Unscented

Another aspect you might want to consider when choosing the best hand cream is whether it is scented or unscented. Some people enjoy scented hand lotions for the pleasant aroma and the well-being properties. 

Depending on its fragrance, a scented hand cream can also help you boost your mood or make you feel calm and relaxed.

For example, this Pink Pepper and Sandalwood Hand Cream from The English Soap Company features a rich but spicy fragrance including relaxing notes of heart pine, orange flower, cedarwood and musk. 

There are many different types of scented hand creams, from fruity fragrances to floral fragrances and even spicy fragrances. To help make choosing a scent that best suits you, read our blog about the secret of scents and How to Find Your Ideal Soap Fragrance

Alternatively, an unscented hand cream such as the Take Care Sensitive Skin Hand Cream only contains ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera, can be better suited for people who may have sensitive skin. Fragrance-free hand creams are also recommended for people who may suffer from some types of skin conditions.


Absorption is another factor to consider. During a busy day, some people prefer a lighter, non-greasy hand cream that can be absorbed quickly into the skin, so they don't have to slow things down too much. 

Finally, the texture and thickness of the hand cream and also be important. Lighter hand creams are ideal for daily use and for sensitive skin, while a thick hand lotion is often used at night before bed and are more moisturising and better for dry skin. Choose a texture that best suits your preference.

Rudy Profumi Hand Cream

Can you use hand creams on other parts of your body?

Yes, you can use hand cream on other parts of your body, especially areas prone to dryness, like your elbows and knees. However, it's essential to choose a product suitable for your skin type and the target area. Body lotions or creams may have different formulations for specific needs.

What is the difference between a hand lotion and a hand cream?

Hand lotions and hand creams are both skincare products designed to nourish and moisturise the skin on your hands. However, they can differ in their consistency and formulations. Here are the key differences between hand lotions and hand creams:

Intended Use:

  • Hand Cream: Hand creams are typically formulated for targeted treatment of damaged or dry skin and are especially helpful during harsh weather conditions or when hands require extra care.
  • Hand Lotion: Hand lotions are generally intended for regular maintenance of skin hydration and are well-suited for most skin types.

Texture and Consistency:

  • Hand Cream: Hand cream is heavier and thicker in consistency compared to hand lotion. It tends to have a richer and more emollient texture. Hand creams are formulated to provide intense hydration and are suitable for those with very dry or chapped skin.
  • Hand Lotion: Hand lotion has a thinner consistency and is typically lighter in texture. It is often more fluid and can be quickly absorbed into the skin. Hand lotions are suited for people with normal to mildly dry skin who prefer a non-greasy feel.

Hydration Level:

  • Hand Cream: Hand creams are intended for more intensive moisturising and deliver a higher level of hydration. They are particularly beneficial for repairing and deeply nourishing cracked, dry, or overexposed skin.
  • Hand Lotion: Hand lotions provide a moderate level of hydration. They are suitable for everyday use and can help maintain the skin's moisture balance.

Absorption Time:

  • Hand Cream: Hand creams are best used when you have more time to allow them to absorb fully. 
  • Hand Lotion: Hand lotions are lighter and absorbed quickly and do not leave a heavy residue. But their protection is not as long lasting as hand cream.


  • Hand Cream: Hand creams typically contain a higher concentration of butters, oils and waxes. They may include ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, or lanolin to help provide longer lasting moisture and create a protective barrier on the skin.
  • Hand Lotion: Hand lotions often contain a higher percentage of water, making them lighter and less oily. They may include ingredients like aloe vera, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid for hydration.

The choice between hand lotion and hand cream depends on your skin type, the level of hydration you need, and your preference for texture and absorption time. Many people use both products, using hand lotion for daily maintenance and hand cream for more intensive hydration and repair as needed.

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The benefits of a shea butter hand cream

Shea butter is a versatile natural ingredient that has been used for centuries in Africa for its numerous benefits for the skin and healing properties. The natural vitamins, minerals and compounds found in shea make it extremely nourishing and moisturising for skin.

The best shea butter hand creams are highly emollient and rich in fatty acids which locks in moisture and helps keep your skin soft and hydrated. A healing hand cream with shea butter should also contain vitamins A and E which nourish your skin and help reduce signs of aging. 

Studies conducted by the National Library of Medicine confirm that shea butter possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Additionally, shea butter contains cinnamic acid and other natural properties which are known to be anti-inflammatory and help soothe irritated skin. Shea butter also contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from environmental damage.

Thanks to all these properties, regular use of shea butter can nourish and soften the skin, smoother skin texture and improve skin appearance while reducing signs of premature aging.

The benefits of an aloe vera hand cream

Aloe vera is a popular natural ingredient that has been used for centuries for its numerous benefits for the skin and healing properties. Aloe vera is an excellent natural moisturiser for all skin types. It's incredibly hydrating and helps lock in moisture without clogging pores, making it suitable for dry and dehydrated skin and also for those prone to breakouts. 

Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E and C, which help reduce the appearance of fine lines and signs of premature aging. It also contains enzymes that help remove dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and soft. And over time, it can help fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation or small scars leaving a more even skin tone.

Additionally, aloe vera contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds and antimicrobial properties, which are ideal to treat skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, sunburn and general skin redness, providing a soothing and cooling sensation.

The benefits of an almond oil hand cream

Almond oil is an excellent natural moisturiser rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that offer a wide range of benefits for the skin keeping it hydrated and preventing dryness. 

Almond oil is very effective in soothing irritated and sensitive skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to provide relief from conditions like eczema and dermatitis by reducing redness, itching, and inflammation.

The vitamin E and A in almond oil work as antioxidants and help prevent signs of aging, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. Regular application of almond oil can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhancing a more youthful complexion.

A study conducted by The National Library of Medicine also concluded that Vitamin E acts as an effective scavenger for free radicals, protecting the skin cells from the harmful effects of pollution, UV radiation, and other environmental factors that can damage cells.

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What are the best brands of hand creams?

When it comes to finding the best hand cream brands, opinions can vary. Hand cream reviews can also be subjective because everyone has different types of hands, skin types, skin age and personal preferences. 

However, Profile Australia are proud to offer some of the best imported hand creams available, sourced from reputable and renown skincare brands from around the globe. 

The English Soap Company Hand Creams

The English Soap Company offers a wide range of the best hand creams for dry hands, made with the highest quality ingredients and enriched with shea butter and aloe vera to nourish, moisturise and revitalise your skin. All made in the Sussex countryside of England, these scented hand creams are rich and have exquisite perfumes, perfect to be used before bed or during the day. As an extra benefit, they're cruelty-free and their eco-friendly aluminum tubes are also fully recyclable.

The English Soap Company Hand Cream

Rudy Profumi Italian Hand Creams

Rudy Profumi hand creams are made in Milan, Italy and are enriched with organic aloe vera and almond oil, leaving your skin feeling moisturised, hydrated and soft. Their special non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into your skin which is perfect for daily use. These long-lasting hand creams are also infused with a delightful fragrance that will awake your senses. 

Rudy Profumi Hand Cream and Hand Soap

Beaute Du Jardin Hand Creams

Profile's own Beaute Du Jardin range of plush, high performance hand creams are specifically made to moisturise your hands and strengthen your nails. Designed in-house and made with premium ingredients including shea butter, these affordable hand creams will nourish and hydrate your skin.

Beaute Du Jardin Hand Cream

Shop Australia's Best Hand Creams & Skincare Products with Profile

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Authors: This article was written by Jared Davis & Aina Casacuberta.

Jared Davis is a Sales and Marketing Director for Profile Australia and also published author, writer and educator.

Aina Casacuberta is a design expert and the Lead Product Designer for Profile Australia. 

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