With all the flu outbreaks and other nasty bugs out there, the advice is to frequently wash your hands. Too much washing, especially using hot water, can cause your hands to become dry, and severely dry skin can develop tiny cracks and fissures, leading to painful, chapped skin and even infections.
CeraVe’s new Therapeutic Hand Cream contains dimethicone to help prevent chapped and cracked dry skin, as well as ceramides to help replace lipid levels in damaged skin and prevent water loss. Niacinamide helps the skin produce natural ceramides and fatty acids (essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier.) Also included in the ingredient list is hyaluronic acid, a humectant that attracts water to the skin and helps it stay hydrated.
As for the frequent hand washing, CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is water resistant (which might explain why it has a slightly strange feel to it). It might take a couple of days to see results on severely dry hands. The CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is $10.99 for a 3 oz tube.
Even better is the CeraVe Renewing SA Cream, which has a thicker and richer formula than the CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion, to help repair severely dry, rough and bumpy skin (great to use on elbows and knees). The cream is also developed with niacinamide, as well as salicylic acid and ammonium lactate to help loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells, which makes it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizing ingredients. MVE technology (which stands for multi vesicular emulsion) allows a controlled release of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin D deep into the skin to help repair and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. While the cream has a thicker formula, it is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free (which can be irritating to skin, especially when it is sensitive and damaged from the elements). The CeraVe Renewing SA Cream is $22.99, 12 ounce.
The CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream and Renewing SA Cream are available online, at drug stores and mass retailers.