Response: Should We Use Hand Creams on Our Faces?

It may seem like an unusual question, but I decided to discuss this topic after watching The Wright Stuff discuss the topic they had sourced from an article in the Daily Mail this morning. The three main points of the article discussed the difference between the ingredients in hand creams and face creams, price comparison between hand creams and face creams, and the effects of face creams and hand creams on the skin.

If you want to read the article yourself, here’s the link here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2568829/Theyre-six-times-cheaper-contain-ingredients-So-use-hand-cream-face.html

One of the first things that occurred to me was: who pays £18.99 on a hand cream? I wouldn’t pay that much on a moisturiser, let alone a hand cream. Perhaps that’s my student-mind speaking, or the fact that I don’t buy expensive products anyway (because I can’t afford it). However, it has brought our attention to the idea of multi-tasking products outside what they claim is their primary purpose. I’ve used eye shadow powders not just as eye shadows but also as highlighters and I’ve read on different blogs and forums of people using them as contour powders. So this shouldn’t surprise me as much as it has.

Personally, although I own hand creams, I am so forgetful at using it for my own hands, that I wouldn’t have thought to use it for my face.

As far as the points the article has made, I can agree with the points they have made. I rarely find hand creams that cost more than moisturisers when I’m browsing through my local drugstores. This is not comparing high end hand creams to the price of cheaper drugstore facial moisturisers. One of the things I liked from the article was to compare the prices of hand creams and moisturisers from the same brand – seems fairer in my opinion. My only complaint is that it is limited to a few examples. However, at least there was a mixture of cheaper brands and higher end brands. When I read articles discussing skin care and make up products, I get annoyed by the bias towards higher end products that some of their audience won’t be able to afford.

Another point they discussed was the ingredients in hand creams. Some hand creams do have very beneficial skin care ingredients that many moisturisers lack. The article uses Avon’s hand and face creams as an example of the hand cream having more beneficial ingredients than the face cream. This is great in making hand creams seem more appealing in their argument, but you do need to consider this on a tube by tube basis. Not all hand creams have the same ingredients, so if you are tempted already to switch to a hand cream to moisturise with, I suggest looking at the ingredients first and some reviews of how it might work with your skin type. It doesn’t hurt to be picky with what you buy, especially if it could mean breakouts or irritations.

Which leads to the final point they made about whether hand creams will leave your face looking “shiny” or potentially blocking pores – hello spots! In my opinion you should look at this from your own perspective and the claims the product makes. By this I mean, if you have dry skin and the hand cream you’re looking at claims to moisturise skin, then it may well work well for your skin. But also consider if you have sensitive skin as well if there are any ingredients that will cause irritation. Similarly, if you have oily skin then you’ll have to consider the fact that hand creams will rarely have ingredients that will tackle excess oil or potentially make your skin worse.

One of the things that put me off buying hand creams at all to begin with is that they often take a long time to absorb, have a greasy texture when first applied, and are very thick and heavy creams. Which, if you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll know is something I’m not especially fond of. Heavy creams don’t work well with oily skin and if you also have large pores.

Would I consider using hand creams to replace my current moisturisers? Quick answer: no. Why? Although the idea of using hand creams as a cheap alternative sounds like a brilliant budget solution, what the article didn’t address in much detail and what I noticed from watching The Wright Stuff this morning was that the topic of shiny skin and blocked pores didn’t really discuss the oily skinned individual’s perspective. If you have dry to normal skin, then a little shininess isn’t that bad, and pores are normally (not always, I know) very large and don’t block as easily. However, if like myself you have oily and/or sensitive skin, switching from your safe staple moisturiser could potentially lead to catastrophe. I have just about created the balance of keeping my skin clear most of the time without aggravating my sensitive skin, that I know using a thick cream (a pet peeve of mine) isn’t worth risking breakouts or sore skin.

However, while I wouldn’t consider this an option for me. For many people it could and apparently already has been a great alternative for some time. While I won’t be switching products, I do encourage people to be creative with their skin care and make up routines, especially since it can help reinvent how people look after this skin, or how you wear your makeup.

Would you consider switching things up? Or have you been doing this already? I’d love to hear your opinions.

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