Why use Beeswax Hand Cream?
Hands have a tough time – especially at the moment with all this extra hand washing and sanitising we’re doing. The skin on your hands is as exposed to the elements as your face, yet your hands are one of the most neglected parts of your body. But why does the skin on our hands feel so different, and how can a beeswax hand cream help?
The skin on our palms and the back of our hands is actually quite different. Unlike other areas of your body, your palms don’t have hair and the makeup of skin here is different to the backs of your hands. Your palms are rich in fatty, connective tissue. The middle layer of your skin (the dermis) connects to the top level (the epidermis) through many papillae which are connective tissue. These rows of papillae form the ridges that we know as finger and handprints but they also help your hands to hold on to things and prevent your skin from tearing.In contrast the skin on the back of our hands has hardly any fatty tissue and is much thinner. The production of the protective sebum here is drastically lower, meaning it’s harder for your hands to hold in moisture or produce any naturally. No wonder our hands are one of the first areas to show signs of ageing!
Repetitive use of hand sanitizers and hand washing can strip the natural protective layer in the epidermis (top skin layer),leaving the skin dry and possibly chapped. During dry seasons and in individuals with dry skin, this occurs even more quickly.
Beeswax Hand Cream and Beeswax Hand Salve are actually different – typcailly Hand Creams contain water, whereas Salves and Balms do not.To help replenish and rehydrate your skin, there are many options on the market from lighter lotions, through creams and butters. However, one ingredient most of these have in common is water (aqua). Now obviously there’s nothing wrong with putting water on your skin! However, to sell a hand cream containing water, the manufacturers are legally obliged to add a preservative.The role of the preservative is to kill any bacteria (as bacteria require water to live). As well as keeping the cream sterile and give it a long shelf life, they can also kill naturally occurring skin flora and upset the delicate balance. Your whole body is covered with bacteria, and if you remove some of those good bacteria, they can be replaced by other, potentially harmful, bacteria. Natural bacteria are there for a reason. Many people find hand creams and lotions actually dry their skin – these added preservatives are thought to be one of the reasons for this.
If you’re concerned about putting these preservatives on your body, look for skincare without water (it’ll be listed as ‘aqua’ on the ingredients). These will either be freshly made cosmetics with a short shelf life (easy to make yourself) or salves and ointments that do not contain water.
Beeswax is one of nature’s most wonderful ingredients and has been used for centuries in Salves and Ointments. Delivering anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it’s a wonderful natural moisturiser and suitable for those with even the most sensitive skin. (For more buzzing beeswax facts check out our blog on why we love beeswax)
Our hand salves are made from 100% natural plant oils blended with our pure beeswax (naturally containing honey and propolis) and fragranced using organic essential oils (note – if you see ‘parfum’ on the ingredient deck of a skincare product, this is the general terminology used for a large range of synthetic fragrances)
As well as helping soothe and soften dry hands, our Beeswax Hand Saves are also great for dry elbows and knees which suffer in a similar way to our hands. Many a hard working gardener has told us our Lemon and Lavender hand salve hits the spot. The uplifting fragrances of lavender and lemon essential oils hint of a summer’s garden while lavender oil is traditionally used to help heal cuts and sunburn, often a gardener’s plight!
Our Rosey hand salve is great for mature skin which loses elasticity as it ages. Rose Otto is renowned for combating the signs of ageing and our super rich hand balm is a delicious smelling solution for dry skin relief.
All our hand salves contain Jojoba oil, which is close to the skin’s natural sebum, something our hands, knees and elbows lack. Another way to boost moisture for your hands is to apply salve straight after washing. Your moist skin will soak it up easier.