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Hand Cream vs. Body Cream: What’s the Real Difference

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Your skin is your skin, so why would it matter for different creams to aim for a particular area? Well, as a quick example, cream meant for your feet may not sound appealing to use for your face. At least you may not purchase foot cream to use as face cream, and you may not use your foot cream for your face, even in desperate times. Your hands are used in everyday activities, almost every minute. Keeping your hands smooth, soft and moisturized can help in a number of ways. Keeping the same attributes optimized for the skin on the rest of your body is also important. So what is the real difference between creams meant for your body, and creams specifically to help your hands?

Difference Between Hand Cream and Body Cream

Typical bathroom cabinets seem to be filled with creams of all sorts that are meant to protect your skin.

You may have the added SPF protection to the night cream and even the vanilla fragranced body cream and even a hand lotion. Unless you want to short change your hands, a hand cream is routinely used, or in stock in your cabinet.  As an important part of your body, your hands deserve the attention, and there is a difference between hand cream and body cream. Hands are susceptible to becoming dry and tight, especially in colder weather. Some hand creams may include exfoliants in their formula ingredients. Although gentle exfoliation may be okay to use on rough elbows, knees and the bottom of your feet, it may be irritating to use all over the body. The formulations of hand cream and body cream do vary for consideration of the skin being different textures and thicknesses. Hand cream may also dry out quicker, whereas body cream is generally thicker and absorbs more slowly.

Commonly, people may wonder, can you use hand cream on your feet?

Your soles on your feet have very thick skin compared to the rest of your body. This may be obvious based on the fact that we use our feet to support our body weight and may also walk barefoot sometimes.

Walking on our hands would probably tear them up very quickly. When it comes to creams, it’s good to know your skin around your body does indeed vary. The needs of your skin are not equal from your hands to your feet. So can you use hand cream on your feet? You can do this, but you wouldn’t actually be doing your skin a beneficial favor.

What Is Body Cream?

For dry skin, a body cream will persist in its moisturizing properties for a longer period of time than a body lotion will. Oils in body cream absorb more gradually and deeply, as the water component in lotions makes them wear off more quickly. Whether you’ve recently had sun exposure or experienced harsh winter, body cream is ideal. By having a thick consistency, body cream provides protection against the elements and longer skin hydration. Your skin has a protective barrier, and health complications often follow when skin loses this barrier. Some products chosen to protect, heal and nourish skin may be doing quite the opposite. For example, fragrance in body creams can be pleasing to smell but can be ultimately damaging to your body as a hidden harmful chemical. This danger in many cream products also applies to dyes, harsh preservatives, steroids, petroleum or sulfates. Choosing a cream without these harmful added ingredients will be best to suit all skin types.

What Creams To Look For

Searching through brand names and depicting products through fancy marketing techniques can get increasingly complicated. It’s good to appreciate well advertised and aesthetically visual products, but what’s important is their ingredients. Coconut oil has been long used for moisturizing and soft skin. This ingredient is an excellent naturally derived substance that is good for all parts of your body and is used in natural hand and body creams. Aloe vera, manuka honey, hemp seed oil, and shea butter also have outstanding skin benefits. Wild Naturals products include these effective natural ingredients to equip products that actually work for your skin.