3 Things to Look for In a Hand Cream

Hand Surgery East Brunswick NJYour hands are likely one of the most neglected parts of your body— that is until they get injured, or you develop carpal tunnel syndrome, and you need hand surgery from Dr. George Philip Smith. Depending on the exact injury and the location in your hand, Dr. Smith will help you decide on the best treatment option for you.

After surgery, it’s important that you follow the proper treatment steps to ensure that you heal as quickly as possible. As a part of the treatment that patients often forget, taking care of the skin on your hands is important— especially if you had to wear a cast after surgery. Because a cast can dry out your skin, applying hand cream will help your hand stay moisturized and comfortable when you get it taken off. When shopping for a hand cream, look for one with at least one of these three ingredients.

Shea Butter

Shea butter contains a combination of fatty acids and vitamins to help moisturize the skin on your body and hands. Additionally, shea butter can also reduce inflammation in your hands which can help you speed up your recovery process.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used in your hair, to cook with, and is especially useful for your skin. As a healthy fat, coconut oil is known to restore and retain moisture in your skin and hair— making it ideal for your hands because you wash them frequently. You can either buy raw coconut oil and rub it on your hands or buy a hand cream with coconut oil in it.


Honey isn’t just good at sweetening your tea and bread, in fact, honey has a lot of health benefits— including moisturizing capabilities— that makes it a suitable ingredient to use and look for in a hand cream. You can either make your honey hand cream by mixing it with olive oil, or you can buy a pre-made cream with raw honey in it.

Taking care of your hands during recovery isn’t just about your bones— it’s about the skin too. Schedule your consultation at one of our offices to learn more.

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