Why You Should Add a Hand Cream to Your Grooming Arsenal

No one is exempt from dry hands.

Here are a couple of reasons why you should use hand cream: Aside from a clean pair of shoes and tidy fingernails, hands are a tell if you are well-groomed. Also, dry hands aren't only unsightly, they're something people notice when you shake their hands, too. Unless you're genetically blessed, dry hands are almost inevitable. Slapping on a hand cream will help. Here's how to add it to your routine.

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Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Since we live in a tropical country, winter hands aren't particularly a problem. But that doesn't mean we can escape the effects of frequent handwashing and chemical exposure from the different products we use. Thankfully, there's a moisturizing product for everything these days. For daily use, hand cream, really, is the only choice. You wouldn't want to use sticky hand oil or salve for obvious reasons.

That said, hand cream isn't just a marketing ploy. It's formulated to be a lot less heavy than body lotion and thicker than face moisturizer—it's in between the two with a lot more nourishing ingredients that prevent callouses and cracked skin. Some even have ingredients that protect from sun exposure. If you think about it, dry skin and sun exposure is a combination that will lead to weathered-looking hands so it's best to find a hand cream that repels both.

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L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream

The trick to consistent hand cream use is to bring it everywhere you go or leave it in the places you frequent. Choose one that fits your budget and make sure to buy multiple to bring along for travel, the gym, your car, and work. As long as it has the following ingredients, glycerin, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, or aloe, you're good to go.

There's also scent to consider, but that's entirely up to your preference. Most hand creams have a strong scent upon application, but that usually disappears after a few minutes. The best ones are shea and cocoa butter, and if you're particular about fragrances, Byredo and Aesop are great choices.

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While we're at it, why not add cuticle oil to your grooming arsenal too?

Is hand cream something you'd bring on the daily?

Yup, why not.

My dry hands need more convincing.


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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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