We do so much with our hands and can be the most vulnerable parts of our body. As we follow the guidance from the World Health Organisation to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they may be left feeling rather more sensitive at the moment. So we’ve curated our top picks of natural/vegan hand creams to combat the dryness and sensitivity caused by washing your hands more frequently and using hand sanitising gels…
BEST NATURAL HAND CREAMS (VEGAN)
With an SLS and paraben-free formula consisting of pomegranate seed oil, organic shea butter and sesame oil which are all rich in essential fatty acids, this cruelty-free, 100% natural hand cream nourishes the skin by increasing the skin’s moisture level while the natural plant extracts stimulate skin cell renewal and improve the skin’s elasticity. It absorbs easily into the skin and skin is left feeling refreshed, soft and smooth.
This gluten-free, Eco-certified hand cream has a rich consistency which hydrates dry, rough hands and also helps to strengthen nails. The cruelty-free ingredients have properties which stimulate both collagen and elastin synthesis; providing the skin with strength, structure and moisture, and aiding its ability to stretch and then return to its original state. Just like Weleda’s offering, this hand cream absorbs easily into the skin, bringing with it an aromatic essence of thyme and lemon balm.
With packaging perfect for reusing/recycling, ECCO’s natural hand cream is best suited to dry and sensitive skin types. Fragrance-free, the extra virgin olive oil gives the product nourishing and protecting properties, whilst soothing aloe vera minimises any redness and irritation.
BEST NATURAL HAND CREAMS (NON-VEGAN)
*OUR FOUNDER’S FAVOURITE*
Sofia has sensitive skin and this is her absolute favourite hand cream. Suitable for all skin types, this formula is a great treatment for the hands. It consists of cassia senna which is used as an alternative to hyaluronic acid to boost hydration. Baobab and kigelia Africana are both omega-rich and contain high levels of essential fatty acids to nourish and firm the skin, while red algae extract helps to protect chapped skin and sea daffodil helps reduce the size and density of the skin’s pigmentation, lightening any dark spots. An aromatic blend of vetiver, ylang-ylang, lavender and patchouli creates a lovely scent and skin is left feeling soft, supple, moisturised and appearing brighter. Despite not being vegan, this hand cream is vegetarian-friendly, cruelty-free and also free from synthetic fragrances, colourants, parabens, silicones and mineral oils.
Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, this hand cream soothes, deeply nourishes and protects hands from cold, harsh or dry conditions without leaving a greasy residue. Infused with bryophyllum extracts, its regenerative and hydrating properties are beneficial for eczema sufferers and those with really dry skin. Put simply, this ingredient supports the skin’s natural process of renewal as the plant oils and marshmallow root within get to work at regulating the skin’s moisture levels. Although this hand cream has a thick consistency, it does absorb easily into the skin. 100% natural and 70% organic this hand cream is cruelty-free and free from parabens, silicones, mineral oils, gluten, PEG, synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives.
Inspired by the rich landscapes and scents of Africa, this cruelty-free hand cream has a light-weight consistency and a fresh, earthy fragrance made up of a combination of citrus, mint and patchouli. Its ingredients are sustainably sourced, free from parabens, sulphates, silicones and mineral oils, and are packed full of vitamins to boost skin health from within. It has also been scientifically proven to condition and repair dry, chapped, tired hands – just what we need right now! The sweet almond oil – one of our favourite ingredients – which is high in fatty acids, penetrates the deep layers of the skin, along with zinc, providing moisture. Avocado oil helps to soften and restore dry damaged skin, leaving it feeling revitalised, hydrated and supple.
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