If my hands could up and leave me, they probably would. They don’t deserve me as their primary caregiver.
I’m pretty good at remembering to put some of my face sunscreen on the backs of them each morning and most nights they’ll get a cursory slap of hand cream on them before
reading my iPad in bed.
But that’s about it.
Until this winter.
Circulation to my hands is at an all time low (hello thyroid disorder, I see you and you annoy me. Immensely.), which means they’re even more thirsty. And that’s sent me on a research mission for supplies*. Helping hands helpers, if you like.
Here’s what I’ve found:
Many liquid hand washes can be incredibly drying. This one isn’t. It does all it needs to with the cleaning part thanks to natural anti-bacterial and antimicrobial agent Australian Bush Mint but skin is also left feeling silky smooth afterwards.
This is one of those gems of a balm that has a gazillion uses. The kind you always need to always have in your kit. This organic product helps deal with everything from stretch marks to sunburn to grazes and bruises. How? Hold on to your hats because this is the bit that I really love. It uses an antioxidant extracted from the seeds of premium Marlborough sauvignon blanc grapes. Told you wine was good for you. Anyway, as I’ve got my hands wrapped around a glass of NZ’s finest, I’ve been using this balm to soften my nail cuticles. Genius.
Speaking of nails. They need a good moisture fix too. Orly is a nail company and they’ve hit the jackpot with this hand cream in how it delivers for both the skin on your hands and your nails. This particular fragrance is a delicate floral but there are fruity, citrus and vanilla options in the range. It’s power-packed with cocoa butters, aloe vera and vitamins A and E.
Unlike me, this cream is thick and dense. Scratch that, maybe I am? Anyways. This is one to save for popping on before bed to make the most of its active ingredients. I found it too thick for daytime. It’s made with sweet almond oil and vitamin E and then the beeswax seals in the moisture. Love the fragrance and the 100% natural formula.
Hello handy little tube. You are going straight to my handbag. It’s an “intense” balm but it soaks in beautifully and works for when I’m out and about. And yes, if I’m not applying gloss at the traffic lights, it may just be hand cream. As soon as you put this cream on you get instant relief from any taut, dry skin. Its key ingredient is panthenol, which works to encourage cell regeneration, repair wounds and soften inflamed skin.
This limited edition hand cream will be available in store and online from July 24. It’s the perfect hand cream to have sitting at your desk as both a reminder to moisturise your hands throughout the day – especially if you work in an air conditioned office – but also as a reminder that not all children and young people are cared for and protected in this world. All profits from the sale of this hand cream will go direct to Child Wise, Australia’s leading international child protection charity working to prevent child abuse and exploitation in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
Ok, clinical white tube. You had me at “Younger”. Not only that, you pledge to help my hands look 10 years younger in six weeks. I’m not through my six weeks as yet (and I’ve been flirting with all of the above hand creams) so I’m not so sure on that front yet. I’ll report back. What I am sure of is when I use this cream as my night time hand cream, those hands are loving me sick the next morning. They are soft and smooth and almost presentable. There’s still a way to go on the age spots, freckles and wrinkles but I’m going to continue with you as I think we could be come firm friends. This one has an SPF15+ sunscreen, so it’s also a good one to pop on on your way out the door.
Manicure note: You know how I love CND Shellac? Well yesterday I tried my first layering of colours – the first coat was Black Pool and the second was Negligee. Together they made the most stunning midnight blue. Hence my need to wrap them around hand products for this shoot.
There you have it, a handy (oh, I crack myself up sometimes) run down on some of my fave hand creams out there in beauty land. Tell me, do you look after your hands or are you in need of one of the above products?
* These products were sent to me for product review consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.