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Do you need separate creams for the face and hands? Doesn't one go for both? A dermatologist advises against it.

One listener recently had a cosmetic problem: when she ran out of face cream, she put the hand cream on her face if necessary. She didn't notice a difference. Only when it comes to the price: a face cream is many times more expensive than one for hands. With luxury brands, a potty can cost over 100 francs. A tube of hand cream from a cheap line is available for just one franc.

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A hand cream has more fat content

The savings potential would be huge if you needed cheap hand cream instead of expensive facial care. But Thomas Kündig, Head of the Dermatological Polyclinic at the University Hospital Zurich, advises against: "The skin of the face needs different care than the hands." This is because we have a thick horny layer on our hands.

When washing hands, the fat layer on the skin is also reduced. “That's why the percentage of fat in hand cream is high. To make the horny layer softer, it often contains urea or lactic acid. " These substances can even sting your face.

Face cream with sun protection recommended

The skin of the face has more sebum glands and is therefore more oily, says the dermatologist. You need care with a lower percentage of fat, otherwise your face will start to shine. A face cream that also contains sun protection is recommended. "This protects the face from the harmful rays of the sun, which can lead to wrinkles or even skin cancer."

If you need a greasy hand cream for your face for a long time, it can even cause acne, says Kündig: "The fat clogs the sebum glands and impurities arise." If you have nothing else, you could also need a hand cream for your face, says skin specialist Kündig. That certainly doesn't matter. He would certainly not recommend that for a long time.

No scientific reasons for price difference

From a scientific point of view, there is no justification for the large price difference between hand and facial care, according to Kündig: "The care creams are usually packaged in a high-quality potty and more marketing is done for them." That increases the price. Basically, people can get through life without face cream. "Our ancestors didn't know that either."

Nivea manufacturer Beiersdorf justifies the price differences between hand and face products with the different ingredients. Face creams contain special active ingredients, the price of which varies greatly.

The Swiss natural cosmetics manufacturer Weleda writes that the almond face cream contains expensive almond and plum kernel oil. In addition, the effect of the facial care would be tested and confirmed by an external institute.

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