Hand Cream? Face Cream? Simple Differences You Need to Know Now

Lisa Cohen Lee

simple differences you need to know now about face cream

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a do-it-all cream that fought wrinkles on your face and everywhere else? Well, keep dreaming because despite what you might have heard, a face cream is entirely different than a hand cream,. Both of them treating the skin in each area in a unique way. So you’re going to need both. Period. Here’s why:

The skin on your face is not the same as your hands. Your hands have thicker skin and can withstand a lot more. Facial skin is thinner, and has a tendency to develop blackheads and acne (not so for the hands).

Your hands are always drier. Even if your face is considered a very dry skin type, your hands are exposed to a lot more than your face. First, constant washing is going to make your hands feel dry. Add to that dishwashing, laundry and anywhere that involves hot, hot water, and yes, they’re going to be pretty thirsty. As for your face, twice-a-day washing with a gentle cleanser is as much action as it gets. It’s rarely exposed to extreme water temps and soaps. Since hands do double the duty, it’s no wonder they tend to crack and look parched.

A barrier cream is best for hands. Yes, you can apply an anti-aging hand cream, but the bottom line is that slathering on a thick, protective balm is going to make your hands look plumper, more hydrated and younger. The thicker salve is best for keeping away cracks and acting as a barrier against constant washing and drying. Look for a face cream in an anti-aging formula that is lightweight, noncomedogenic and will tighten wrinkles and smooth fine lines.

We all want our skin to look as young and glowing as possible so make sure you're treating your face and your hands the way they deserve!

Have you had any problems in the past with your hand cream or face cream? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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