The Best Hand Creams and Lip Balms for Winter
Our hands and lips tend to suffer from dryness, dehydration, and damage more than any other body part over Winter. To understand why, we spoke with Nivea Skincare Expert Robyn Hutch. This is what she had to say:
Why do we need to take extra care of our hands over Winter? Why does our skin dry out so much more?
During Winter, cold and dry air tends to strip the skin of its natural protective oils and moisture, which can take a toll on your hands. Therefore, to avoid skin irritation and discomfort it is important to take action to protect your hands and provide relief during the cold months. Moisturising daily is key and I recommend using fast absorbing hand creams with ingredients like Vitamin C, as it helps to improve the moisture levels of your skin.
Why do we need to moisturise our lips regularly? What causes our lips to dry out so much more than the rest of our skin?
Our lips are more prone to drying out than any other part of our bodies due to two main things. The skin protecting our lips is much thinner than anywhere else and our lips don’t have pores, meaning no sweat or oil glands to keep them hydrated. Cracked and chapped lips can be caused by cold, dry air in Winter, lip licking and allergies to certain ingredients in toothpaste or lipstick.
Thank you Robyn – this certainly helps. Which Hand Cream and Lip products do we recommend? Read on below, to see our top 3 picks for each.
NIVEA 3-in-1 Anti-Age Care Hand Cream
The wonderful NIVEA 3-in-1 Anti-Age Care Hand Cream is perfect for mature hands, as it actively prevents further Winter dryness and helps to protect hands from ageing, making it the perfect every day solution to protect your hands this (and every) winter. Formulated with your skin’s own co-enzyme Q10, SPF 15 and Vitamin C, to help reduce the first signs of ageing, this gorgeous hand cream helps to restore skin elasticity, for more youthful looking, hydrated hands. 70ml RRP $5.95.
Burt’s Bees Almond Milk & Beeswax Hand Creme
The 98% natural formula of Burt’s Bees Almond Milk & Beeswax Hand Crème provides long-lasting relief to dry, chapped hands. The decadent creme, with a delicate almond scent, contains sweet almond oil, beeswax and aloe to moisturise the skin and leave it nourished, hydrated, soft and supple. Adding to the Creme’s green credentials, the jar and steel lid are recyclable, so you can treat your hands and the planet at the same time. 57g RRP $19.99.
Mavala Repairing Night Cream for Hands
If your hands have suffered this Winter, or are generally super dry and dehydrated, the Mavala Switzerland Repairing Night Cream for Hands could be just what you need to bring them back into tip top condition. This intensive 30-day cure for damaged hands features a concentration of natural ingredients, hyaluronic acid, allantoin, shea butter and silk amino acids which work to help revitalise cell renewal while moisturising your hands. The included cotton gloves ensure the cream stays on your hands not on your sheets, so you awaken the next morning with soft, hydrated hands. 70ml RRP $64.95.
Nivea Original Care Lip Balm
Enriched with Shea Butter, to effectively moisturise and help prevent cracked, dry lips, NIVEA Original Care Lip Balm can be used daily for smoother and softer lips. This Lip Balm provides long lasting and intensive everyday lip protection in all weather conditions. It’s perfect for Winter due to its deep hydration properties, with Hydra IQ, Nivea’s patented moisturisation technology, which regulates skin’s moisture balance and reduces water loss. 4.8g RRP $3.98.
Carmex Classic Moisturising Lip Balms
Carmex have been keeping lips hydrated for a long time – since 1937 in fact. We’ve long been a fan of the Carmex Classic Squeeze Tube (also available in a portable pot) – the ultimate on-the-go lip balm savior, which is Australia’s top selling dedicated lip balm in pharmacies. Moisture is locked in using ingredients such as cocoa butter, beeswax and lanolin, and with over 145 sold every minute around the world, you know it works. We’re now making Carmex part of our daily Liptual, and saying goodbye to dry, chapped lips this Winter with the limited edition Watermelon pot – still with the same soothing and hydrating properties as the Classic, and with a gorgeous Summery Watermelon scent and flavor (and the all important SPF 15). Squeeze Tube 10g RRP $5.99. Pots 7.5g RRP $5.99.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
This caring beauty, beloved by Beauty Experts around the world, has been around for a while – since 1930, when it was developed by Elizabeth Arden herself. Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant became an instant and overwhelming success (and has spawned many “sister” Eight Hour products), due to its ability to treat chafing, scrapes, and minor burns (hence its brilliance as a Lip Balm), and even, so the story goes, a loyal client’s child’s skinned knee in just eight hours. Ms Arden was also known to use the cream on her prized thoroughbred horse’s legs. Multi purpose (we love it as a cuticle cream too), and efficacious, this is a Lip Balm that will be around for a while to come. 50ml RRP $28.00.