We as men are just as prone to losing moisture from our skin due to aging as women are. Having worked in an office in the past, I would always see women applying hand cream but never the men. When I would apply some men’s creams myself, there would be a look of confusion and disdain from colleagues. Almost as if I was openly using women’s products, and such creams were not fit for male consumption.
Well they are.
Why Do Hands Dry Out
Our hands have the fewest and smallest oil glands in the body, so dry out faster. Exposing hands to the harshness of dry, cold days will increase water loss which leads to a reduction of moisture in the hands. The result of this is dry, rough hands that are open to cracking or peeling.
Combat Dry Hands
To aid the recovery of your hands, regularly exfoliate to remove dead skin and use vitamin supplements to nourish from the inside out. Then use of a hand cream will re-introduce moisture to the hands, and can also add elasticity so that your hands don’t look old before the rest of you does.
Washing your hands regularly elevates the effects of dryness. Using a hand cream after washing can confine skin roughness and dryness, but over use can have little or no effect. So only use after washing hands or when your skin is crying out for some moisture.
Types of Hand Creams for Men
The difference between men and women’s hand creams is that men want one that doesn’t smell too floral firstly. Choosing a fast absorbing cream will ensure your hands aren’t too greasy for ages after application, and look for one that offers deep hydrating properties.
For any severe problems of eczema or other dermatological issues then please seek professional help.
Below are a few of the best creams currently on the market for men.
Main image from Andres Kuehn
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.