Tried, Tested and Recommended: Hand Creams for Rough or Dry Hands14 Comments

By SassyChic
Posted on 28 Dec 2010 at 9:23am

I’d like to think that for some of us ladies may have such dry or rough hands because of course we are hard working labour intensive women….well that’s what my excuse was when someone (it’s always the dudes and your rude aunties) would ask why my hands were not soft.

I would hold up both my hands with a sarcastic slightly smile and answer…these are the hands of a hard working woman! But no…this is not actually the case. I got my hands from my pops side of the family, even one of his young granddaughters has it so there you go. What’s a gurl to do with these genetically imperfect ‘gifts’. Of course it didn’t help that I used to spring clean the kitchen and bathroom with no gloves, you can imagine what those chemicals did to my hands, they were becoming dangerous weapons!

Well if you experience the same issue of having rough hand for whatever reason, all is not lost ladies. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE has something to deal with on their bodies that they may seem to be embarrassing or inconvenient but to be honest if you can change it with lotions and positions there’s really nothing to stress about. I myself am happy to report that I have much softer hands through using the cream that is best suited to me and of course taking better care of them.

I have, as you can imagine tried several different hand creams to avoid feeling like the other person is shaking hands with a man!  There are so many varieties of creams to choose from.  I’ve selected the best ones that work best and range in value for money.

Hope the information helps and feel free to make your own recommendations for us to try and test!

75ml Aveeno Hand Cream for Dry Hands - £4.99

I started using Aveeno Hand Cream after trying their body moisturiser and seeing great results.  Aveeno is said to ‘moisturise your hands for up to 24 hours’ with the main active ingredient being the colloidal oatmeal. The oatmeal works to form a “protective glove” and said to do a great job at ‘absorbing quickly and leaves skin soft, smooth and healthy’. Aveeno explains that the cream absorbs quickly and leaves dry hands looking soft, smooth and healthy.

I love the scent of this cream and it basically smells like sweet oatmeal so you know it’s as natural as it claims to be. It’s a little more pricier than I thought it would be, probably because it’s not a very well known brand. Although the natural ingredients may have something to do with it and you do get 75ml for that price.

I did feel like this cream did do what is said it would do to keep my hands soft and moisturised but I ended up using this cream a lot less. Reason being is the sticky texture which is probably because of the oatmeal ingredient. I’d give this product a 3/5 due to it’s sticky residue.

75ml Dessert Bloom Intensive Hand Cream - £20.00

Molton Brown is one of those brands that given half the chance you’d buy everything in the shop. This luxurey brand has five different hand creams but i’ve chosen the dessert bloom intensive hand cream for this post. This hand cream claims to provide ‘serious hand care that rescues out of condition hands, nails and cuticles’. This intense cream is said to ‘target roughness, dehydration and climate-ravaged conditions, leaving hands smooth, hydrated and protected’. The desert plant extract ingredient  works to ‘smooth and hydrate dry hands’. The cream is full of rare natural ingredients that gives you an idea as the price you’re being asked to pay. This includes mandarine oil, horse chestnut seed extract, linden wood extract, candle tree leaf extract and myrrh resin extract

As soon as you see the texture of this hand cream you can tell straight away that it’s going to do it’s job. It has a thick Vaseline type texture and goes on smoothly, absorbing quickly into the skin. Have smooth soft hands is something I care about so I was willing to try the brand even though I thought the price was a bit much. What I did realise is you don’t have to use that much of the cream to get smooth hands and you do feel this smoothness straight away.

My only downside to this issue was the scent! It smells very medicinal and overpowers any other scent you might have on.  So this one did get pushed to one side after a while.  I’d rate this hand cream another 3/5 as it seems like you are paying more for the brand than what the product can do!

Mary Kay Satin Hands £30.00

This particular hand cream came to me recommended and so I’m going by what I have heard and also because I plan to try this one to see if it matches up to it’s recommendations.

Mary Kay’s Satin Hands pampering set has been described by Mary Kay as a new twist on a Mary Kay best-seller. The original pampering set came in a peach scent and is now also available in a fragrance-free version. This hand cream is said to be a ‘delightful set gives you soft, touchable hands in three easy steps’.

Step 1 starts with using the satin hands hand softener to help maintain the skin’s natural moisture; Step 2 works s to cleanse and exfoliate with one pump of fragrance satin smoothie hand scrub and warm water and Step 3 works when you apply a small amount of satin hand cream for instant moisturization for up to 24 hours.

The cream apparently can only be bought in this set and you would need to go through this routine to get the best out of this brand. I’ve been told it’s worth going through the steps as you feel an immediate difference to the texture and feel of your hands. You would as you can imagine need to maintain this routine to get the long term benefits which you may see as a downside. This hand cream has been given a 4/5 for its instant results.

30ml Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Hand Cream £3.00

It’s a bit of challenge not to be biased about this next one because I’m very obsessed with everything bodyshop! I’ve used their products for over a decade and it never lets me down. I’ve tried all of their hand creams as they have one for each of their several ranges. They all do a great job at smelling amazing and absorbing well but the sake of purchasing a product that works specifically to relief your hands of dry or rough textures.

The Body Shop describes this hand cream as having a ‘sweet vanilla-and-spice scent that conditions nails and leaves hands feeling soft and smooth’. The ingredients include Vanilla extract, Community Fair Trade beeswax, Community Fair Trade cocoa butter, Community Fair Trade soya oil and Community Fair Trade marula oil.

This particular body shop hand cream is unfortunately a limited edition for the festive period and only comes in a small size. Once they are sold out they won’t be available again till next Christmas. I’m off to raid the shelves to tide me over! ;-).  I decided to try it because it smells amazing however after using it my hands felt so soft and smooth. It’s also non-greasy and also only needs a small amount to achieve all this. I’d give this hand cream a 4/5 for its smooth sweet smelling texture, just a shame it’s a limited edition and only comes in a small size.

Body Shop Thirsty Hand Moisture Gloves - £7.00

The last product is definitely one to try as part of your hand care regime and made me love the feel and smoothness of my hands afterwards. The Thirsty Hand Moisture Glove does exactly what is says, provides your hands with the extra moisture it needs to keep them soft and silky smooth! I of course use the body shop range but you can get these any department store or retail pharmacy.

These gloves are made with extra-stretchy natural cotton material. They work in conjunction with any of the hand creams described above by using a generous amount and then slipping on these gloves for mega moisture overnight. I was thinking it sounded a little extreme and would only work if you did it every night, but the results were very impressive, even after several washes the gloves have locked in moisture into your hands. It’s also great value for money as they can be used several times over.

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  • maame

    OHH YES BABY. CLEANING RESTROOMS WITH NO GLOVES ON IS LIKE PUTTING A GUN IN YOUR HEAD. AND OH YEAH SPEAKING ABT HANDS, WHO WON THE BURT BEES AND HANDS AND FOOT STUFF? ANYWAYS IVE NOTICED THAT HAND LOTIONS REALLY HELP MOISTEN HANDS AND ASHY BODY.  

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    Marian Reply:

    Having gloves on when cleaning is very important for protection against germs and other bacteria. It is important for everyone to have it in the house and at work for cleaners. Else the Hospital will be our friend.lol

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    Marian Reply:

    I think I also have to get myself one of those hand cream. I think I have a rough skin.

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    maame Reply:

    lool that what happen when you start having responsibilities like being a housewife.

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  • gossipmama

    I will have a try at these to see if it really works. My hands were not that hard but after a year of hard work in the gym, it has gone a bit harder. Making it embarrassing to stretch the hand to greet .. Thanks Sassychic

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  • mamizzle

    mary kay jus dun work for me ooo 

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    maame Reply:

    same here. It only smells good. that’s all

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    mamizzle Reply:

    thx u maame lol

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    Marian Reply:

    The name Mary kay makes the products expensive. Not really
    tried them before but people make noise about it too much.

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    maame Reply:

    Yeahh but their makeups are really good. No doubt abt that. their lotion probably dont work on africans i guess lol

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  • Reader

    Hi, Someone gifted me this Body shop spiced vanilla hand cream. I want to know if it can be used for body, since I don’t really need it for my hands. Is it kinda substitutable for body butter ?

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    sassychic Reply:

    Hi Reader! I’m sure you’ve tried the spiced hand cream already since your comment. I actually bought the hand cream and the body butter. To be honest the hand cream is not as rich as the body butter so if you have dry skin you may find it is not that great for the body. The body butter is very rich and long lasting. It’s a shame it’s a limited edition! They only produced the spiced vanilla for xmas. I’m sure they will bring out more during sale times if you’ve liked it so far! 

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  • This is the

    It’s hard to come by well-informed people on this subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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