The active ingredients in Working Hands hand cream include paraffin, water, mineral oil and glycerin. It also contains stearic acid, dimethicone, boric acid and ammonium hydroxide.
Glycerin is an important ingredient in Working Hands hand cream. It is a humectant, which means that it attracts and absorbs water. In moisturizers, glycerin pulls moisture from the air down to the skin and draws water from deep tissues up to the surface of the skin. This ingredient is also valuable because it occurs naturally in the human body, eliminating the risk of allergic reactions and skin irritation.
Stearic acid is a waxy emulsifier found in many cosmetics. It is also a popular thickening agent in many hand creams and lotions. Paraffin, a petroleum product, serves the same purpose. Boric acid, another emsulsifying agent in Working Hands hand cream, also suppresses bacterial growth.
Dimethicone is a lubricant that spreads easily, makes skin feel smooth and does not clog pores. Products that contain dimethicone include sunscreens, moisturizers, creams, foundations and color cosmetics.
Ammonium hydroxide balances the pH in cosmetic products. Although it is often found in acidic products, such as acne treatments, low levels of ammonium hydroxide stabilize many moisturizers and hand creams without drying the skin.