While on the “Black Nativity” set with Angela Bassett, Kym Lee shares with us the importance of hand salve. Hand salve is a very thick emollient that is used to soothe dry and cracked skin. The skin on the hands generally takes a much harsher beating than any other skin on the body. Furthermore, hands are very often exposed to harsh soaps and detergents that can draw a great deal of oil and moisture out of the skin. For people who work with their hands or spend a great deal of time in cold weather, which can leave the hands chapped, hand salve can offer a great deal of relief.
Most hand salves are made with natural oils such as olive oil or jojoba oil and beeswax. These are the key ingredients which replenish moisture in the skin. It is also common for hand salves to be made with essential oils. Hand salves made with tea tree oil are good for people who have small cuts or scrapes on their hands. This is because tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and can help to heal wounds while also warding off infection. It is also possible to purchase hand salve that is made with fragrant essential oils such as lavender and rosemary. Many companies that sell hand salves offer a few varieties, some of which are made with essential oils.
Kym reminds us not to use hand salve on your face because it will clog your pores.