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Hand Cream Hack – The Trick to Up Your Hand Care Game

Hand Care Tip via @alllacqueredup

Hand Cream Application Tip

I’m kind of a hand cream freak. I have bottles spread all over the house and in every one of my bags. I refuse to be the victim of that whole “your hands show your age” nonsense. One way I battle time marching over my hands is how I apply my lotion. I never thought my technique was that different until I noticed people looking. It’s one of those things that doesn’t come naturally, but when you see it, you’re all, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?”

Hand Cream Application Tip

Between the ads we see and the observations made watching our mothers and friends, our beauty techniques are learned by studying others. I’m sure we’ve all seen a commercial with a woman pouring lotion onto her palm, then rubbing it on her legs. Makes sense, right?

What the ad doesn’t tell us is that her palm absorbed some of the lotion before it even touched her skin. What a waste! If you think of how makeup artists dot foundation on the face before blending, so it doesn’t get soaked up into a brush or sponge, the same logic applies.

Jergens BB Hand Cream via @alllacqueredup

Jergens BB Hand Cream

The next time you apply hand lotion, squeeze it onto the back of your hand and rub the back of your other hand against it. Then spread the lotion out with your palms to finish. You’ll end up delivering the bulk of the product to the part that needs it most and reducing that “greasy palm” feeling.

Hand Cream Application Tip via @alllacqueredup

Hand Cream Application

A lotion like the new Jergens BB Hand Perfecting Hand Cream includes SPF 20 to shield your hands from the sun’s harmful rays and moisturizers to protect the skin. Pearl Powder visibly smooths uneven texture and citrus extracts, Vitamin C and B3, and skin renewing humectants help to fade dark spots.

I told you it was simple, but definitely effective. Try my trick to get the most out of your hand cream application and help improve the look of your hands.

Jergens BB Hand Perfecting Hand Cream is available now at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. For more info, visit

How do you apply hand lotion? Will you give my hack a try?

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  1. Marina says:

    I’ve always appliad hand creams like that, didn’t know it was a trick :)

  2. It is still a conscious effort to try to apply hand creme this way, since grabbing it palms-first is my instinct. Whenever I use this method I think of my mom. I always wondered why she applied it this way. I thought it was a social etiquette thing! Thanks for calling it a hack and making it more fun to try again!

  3. Danielle says:

    Yes! This is exactly what I do! Definitely make a difference

  4. Mina says:

    Geniously. Sad that everybody knows it before.

  5. Lisa N. says:

    Thanks for the trick!

  6. Jenny says:

    Haha! That’s exactly how I apply hand cream, and for basically the same reasons as you, avoid the greasy hands feeling and put the lotion where I want it to be.

    I have thought about it being not the usual way compared to others, but I’m happy with doing it this way!

  7. TyphoidMary says:

    My mom always made fun of my dad for doing it this way, but I think it’s genius!

  8. Lynette says:

    lol. Exactly………Duh, Why didn’t I think of that! Thank you!

  9. Jennifer says:

    This is the way my hubby always does it. I think I need to start!

  10. Noemi says:

    I apply as you suggested, most of all before going to bed, while I apply more cream respect to other moments of the day. I don’t know when I started to do this way but it just made more sense, for me!

    • That’s kind of how it came to me as well. That and I apply lotions and cuticle oil when I’m sitting at a traffic light and I don’t want to get lotion on the steering wheel, ha!

  11. Sophie says:

    This is how I use hand cream Aswell, I honestly thought everyone done it like this!

  12. N. says:

    I was expecting something seriously weird, but I’ve seen this in action by the women in my life for my whole life, haha. I don’t do this myself simply because my palms are the driest part of my hands(besides, doing this with arthitic hands is re-heally difficult :P).

  13. Lena says:

    That is actually how I’ve been applying my hand cream for years. I absolutely hate the greasy palm feeling, and to avoid that I apply the cream to the back of my hands and then rub them together. Then I massage the rest of the cream onto my fingers. Greasy palms avoided, and hands taken care of :)

  14. Shelley says:

    I’ve applied lotion to the backs of my hands for years! Just as you said, I still end up using my palms, but only after I’ve spread the lotion as evenly as I can with the backs of my hands. My palms aren’t nearly as greasy as they would be if I used the “alternate” application method, and I know what lotion I *do* use is going to where it’s most needed.

  15. Hanneri says:

    Wow – I thought I was the only one ever to apply my hand cream on the back of my hands! The only reason I do it is because I dislike very creamy palms and fingers. Great to see that this is actually a good tip for applying hand cream.

  16. Therese says:

    Never thought twice about how
    I apply hand cream. I am quilty of neglecting my hands with sunscreen, especially in the winter months. Gotta work on that. Great tips and definitely trying them. Thx.

  17. Julie S. says:

    I employ your hack, and a few of my own;
    I wear polyester fleece gloves after appyling hand cream before bed – cotton actually pulls moisture out of the skin.
    I apply lotion or cream liberally before putting on gloves to leave the house during the winter – by the time I get to work the lotion has fully absorbed and hasn’t been smeared on eveything I have touched.
    I enhance hand lotion by adding argan oil, vitamin E oil, and/or vitamin C powder for an extra boost of moisturizing or anti aging benefits.
    I make a homemade hand scrub with olive oil and sugar for exfolation – can be used all over the body and on lips, too!

  18. Amanda says:

    haha, that’s how I apply it in the winter when my hands are all dry from the cold and wind! I even dot it onto the most chapped spots on the back of both hands and just let it sit there for a few minutes before I smoosh them together and rub the backs together. I probably should do it year round but for some reason, it’s the “winter method” in my head. lol

  19. Susan M. says:

    I learned this application trick from a clerk at a Body Shop. I *love* their hemp hand cream but I was complaining about how greasy it was. She said to apply it to the back of one hand and then rub the backs of the hands together and just skip the part where you rub it on your palms. I always do that now. I don’t use the Body Shop hemp hand cream any more, though, because it has talc in it. I did not want to give it up, but I try to avoid talc. My favorite right now is Jane Carter Solution “Nourish and Shine”. I received a sample and got hooked immediately.

  20. Great trick! I would always use the palm of my hand to rub all over. Now I know :)

  21. Lesley says:

    I have just tried your cream hack and it’s awesome! A great tip. And I’m going to buy that Jergens cream next time I go to the pharmacy.

  22. Delphi says:

    Smart! And, yes, I’ll be trying this. Great idea!

  23. Molly P-H says:

    This is how I do it too :). I keep trying to spread the word. And I hate a greasy palm! Hate it! ;)

  24. I’ve done this for ages, it’s great! Although my concern was less “wasting product through absorption” and more “if I get hand cream on my palms I won’t be able to pick anything up for a half hour” :P

  25. beth combs says:

    Ok…so i tried your trick and holy cow, what a difference! My kids look at me like i’m a crazy lady but they already do anyway with my hand lotion and nail polish obsession LOL

    • I’m always getting odd looks, whether it’s because my nails don’t match, the way I apply my hand cream, that I pull out my cuticle oil pen at a red light or when my friends see my polish room. I let it roll off my back.

  26. Kim Kiernan says:

    Hi Michelle! Great idea! Do you know how scented this lotion is? I love the SPF and spot faders in the lotion but I’m sensitive to perfumey beauty products.

    • Hi Kim! It’s not overly perfumey. If you’ve ever smelled the Jergens Natural Glow body lotion, it has a similar scent. More fruity/powdery than flowery. I can smell it when I first put it on and if I purposefully sniff my hand but that’s about it.

  27. Zoe says:

    You should consider making your own lotions. Its surprisingly easy and fun and you can customize the smell and contents to perfectly fit your hand needs.

    • Thanks for suggestion Zoe. I used to be addicted to ordering custom lotions from e-tailers and made my own body cream once but it’s not something I have time for.

  28. Fiona says:

    That’s exactly how I apply my hand cream! But I had no idea there was a reason why you’d apply it that way… Thanks for sharing! :)