Healing hands… how to repair your weathered hands after a year of antibacterial gels

When it comes to skincare, our hands are often overlooked and if they are lucky they might get the left over face or body cream rubbed into them when you’ve scooped out a little too much. But since the arrival of COVID, hand washing and antibacterial gels are now a much more regular occurrence for all of us and as a result our poor hands are left dehydrated, cuticles are parched and peeling and our nails have certainly seen better days since we’ve been unable to visit beauty salons.

It’s time to make hand care a prominent part of your self care routine and we’ve got you covered on our favourite products to help you do just that!

Hand Cream

Leave one beside every sink in your home, keep one in your bag alongside your antibacterial gel and one on your desk if that’s where you spend your most time during the day. Every single time you clean your hands you need to be applying a moisturising hand cream to replenish the lost hydration. The more tubes of it you have around the house the more likely you are to remember to use it! Rub it all over your hands front and back, up into your wrists and spend an extra bit of time massaging it into your cuticles at least a couple of times a day.

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None greasy formulations for everyday use:

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Visibly Renew Hand Cream SPF20, £5.49

Zelens Triple Action Hand Cream,  £48

Neom Complete Bliss Hand & Body Lotion, £22

Bed Time Boost

While an easily absorbed product is much more convenient during the day when we are constantly using our hands, at night give them an added boost with a thick, extra nourishing cream so it can work its magic on your dehydrated digits while you sleep.

Night Time Extra Nourishing Creams:

CeraVe Soothing and Repairing Hand Cream, £6

Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, £16

Chanel Le Lift Crème Main, £55

Supercharge with Vitamin C

As an added benefit, we also love to supercharge our night time hand cream with Vitamin C so as to also combat sun damage and pigmentation which often appears on the backs of our hands. These vitamin boost drops can also be added to your face creams and help reduce any scarring and dark spots.

Vitimin C Booster Drops: 

Indeed Labs™ vitamin C brightening drops, £15.95


Rodial Vitamin C Deluxe Drops 10ml, £27

Keep Them Covered 

Now the last thing we want is for all that lovely product to end up wasted by rubbing off all over the bed sheets. The quick fix? Why not treat yourself to some specially designed gloves to pop on at night. They help your hands absorb all the goodness and turn your night time hand cream into a full overnight treatment! 

Overnight Gloves:

So Eco Spa Gloves, £5

The Body Shop Moisture Gloves, £7

Jasmine Silk Ultimate Moisturising Gloves, £11

Cuticle Care

Add a cuticle oil into your hand care routine and we promise your nails will thank you for it! For a fuss free application opt for a pen style product then you simply click, swipe around each nail and you’re done. We like to pop a little under the tip of each nail too so as to surround the nail bed with nourishing goodness. As an added bonus if you are wearing a nail polish it will also help it last longer! 

Cuticle Oil Pens:

Superdrug Moisture Cuticle Oil, £2.99

The Body Shop Almond Nail And Cuticle Oil, £8

Margaret Dabbs PURE Repairing Nail & Cuticle Treatment Pen, £12

More Masks

We have all heard learned a lot about the importance of wearing our masks since COVID became a part of our lives, but this time we are talking about a different kind of mask! If you feel like your hands are really suffering and you’ve maybe not taken as good care of them as you should then kick start your new routine with a hand care mask. They work in much the same way as a sheet mask for your face and will deliver targeted ingredients in a perfect dose. Also the perfect excuse to put your phone down and have a little bit of ‘Me Time’ while they work their magic.


Seoulista Beauty Rosy Hands Instant Manicure, £7.99

Skimono Beauty Hand Mask for Intense Nourishment, £9.99

STARSKIN VIP The Gold Hand Mask, £10.20

Words: Jenny Morrell

Imagery: Courtesy of brands

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