We all know that winter can be harsh on our skin. For me, the two areas that suffer most are my lips and my hands. I can’t leave home without a lip balm and this season I’ve been made sure I’ve got a hand cream at the ready too. And it’s made a huge difference. So what hand creams are at my finger and thumb tips? Read on for the ones that have my vote and the vote of Styling You guest bloggers, Rhonda Lockery* and Anne Fidler**. I’d love to know what your favourite hand cream is?
Lanolips Rose Balm Intense for Very Dry Hands & Nails ($15.95)
The facts: This nourishing cream uses Lanolips Ultra Medical Grade lanolin to ensure your hands are soft, smooth and always hydrated. It contains added shea butter, cocoa seed butter, wheat germ oil and other rich, natural oils, including a rose oil, influenced by the wild bush roses that lined the driveway of creator Kirsten Carriol’s childhood farm. It’s 98% natural.
The review: I’ve been a huge fan of Lanolips since it launched last year. A little goes a long way with this balm – I love that! It’s perfect for putting on last thing at night just before bed. I liken it to a mask for your hands. And the skin on my hands and around my cuticles is very thankful for this nightly treatment. The scent is gorgeously feminine without being over-powering. This product is a must for your beauty kit.
Available at David Jones, Myer, Priceline and selected pharmacies. www.lanolips.com
Sodashi Hand Rescue Cream ($68.40)
The facts: The Hand Rescue Cream contains the superb skin softener Jojoba oil, which as a fluid wax similar to the skin’s own sebum, is easily absorbed for instant hydration. Avocado oil and benzoin, derived from tree resin, also hydrate and repair dry fragile skin, while lemon is used to soften and strengthen brittle nails. Rich and creamy shea butter improves the skins elasticity while rosewood provides a sweet floral fragrance. Like all of Sodashi’s products, the Hand Rescue Cream is completely chemical free, made using the highest quality plant extracts and essences sourced from around the globe.
The review: This truly is luxury in a (light-filtering violet glass) bottle. I carry this one with me every day in my handbag and consider it part of my daily self-care indulgence. Whether I’m stopped at traffic lights, waiting in the carpark to pick up my son from kindy or about to meet a client for the first time, a little bit of this cream on my hands transports me immediately to a glamourous day spa. I love that the ingredients are designed to holistically nurture as well as visibly improve the texture of my hands.
Sodashi’s Hand Rescue Cream is available at many of the world’s most exclusive spas in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Middle East as well as online at www.sodashi.com
Miessence Nourishing Hand Cream ($19.95) by Anne Fidler**
The facts: This is an ultra-rich and nourishing cream for dry, chapped hands. An antioxidant-rich and luxurious cream containing organic shea butter and organic rose essential oil. Absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue. Use regularly to keep hands soft, supple and younger looking.
The review: Winter is the season that proves the mettle of any skincare product I am using. As my hands are the first to show the ravages of dry, cold weather, I was pleasantly surprised to find a possible antidote in the Miessence Refillable Foaming Hand Soap and Nourishing Hand Cream. The mousse-like foam was a little strange at first, but I soon favoured the soft, smooth consistency over gel-based hand cleansers that seem to take forever to wash off. The foam has a refreshing lemon myrtle fragrance and my daughter loved using it. The standout performer was the Nourishing Hand Cream. I found using very little went a long way on my sandpaper-like hands and the absorption was superior to others I had used in the past which would turn to mush the next time I rinsed my hand under a tap. A luxurious duo that is quite affordable.
**Anne Fidler is 37-year-old mother of a three-year-old girl and part-time research assistant. She is a vegetarian and sensitive to any super-market shelf chemicals, so struggles to find cost-effective natural and organic skin care and cleansers.
GROWN botanical Alchemy Day Hand Cream ($24) by Rhonda Lockery*
The facts: With the warming scent of Vanilla & Orange Peel, this hand cream is the ultimate indulgence. The non- greasy formulation of moisturising active botanicals naturally soothes and softens dry, undernourished hands and cuticles.
The review: I’ve tested this product every day for seven days and found it to be quite good. It is non-greasy feels lovely and smells divine. I think this product would be suitable for all skin types but in particular for those with dry skin problems. To be honest there was nothing I disliked about it. I found it to be reasonably priced and perfect for moisturising hands.
Available at David Jones and selected Myer stores, beauty salons, pharmacies, health food stores, wellness retreats, day spas, therapists and skin care emporiums. www.grown.net.au
*Rhonda Lockery is a 56-year-old woman from the Gold Coast who does domestic cleaning as an occupation so constantly has dry hands and skin. She is married with four adult sons and daughters and seven grandchildren. She loves to travel and is off to the US in late August.