Monday, 6 March 2017

Giving Your Hands a Helping Hand

Up until a few years ago, I was never that much into hand creams as I'd often forget to apply them or found them too greasy when I did. But after seeing the look of my hands deteriorate quite rapidly over the last few years, I decided it was time to take action and show a little tlc on these hardworking mitts. 

Nowadays, hand creams have come a long way since the greasy formulas my mum would use. I have somehow ended up with quite a few of these lighter formulas using them for different purposes throughout the day. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you how I've incorporated these in my routine and some of my favourites I've picked along the way. 


On rotation for the handbag

Smaller tubes are perfect and an inexpensive way for replenishing your hands whilst on the go. The size of these smaller tubes make these more than ideal for popping in your bag because they take up very little room. My hands get quite battered whilst at work and I always have a couple of tubes in my handbag so they are on hand to replenish lost moisture due to the handling of packaging and dust which means I'm forever washing my hands. These are great because the formulas aren't so rich that they leave my hands sticky and slippery. For some reason, I've seemed to have gravitated towards fruit scented formulas for this. After applying these, I always find myself smelling my hands because I love the scent so much! 

Soap & Glory Mini Hand Food in Sugar Crush 50ml | £2.50

This is only available in the mini size at the moment, but I managed to obtain this as part of a set I purchased in the sales after Christmas. This comes in a new scent that I wasn't aware of but turns out a much preferred one from the original as it smells a bit like the Yankee Candle scent of Lemon Lavender or Vanilla Lime. (sorry, I can never remember which one) which I love. So if you love that lime zesty scent, then you'll love this. This Hand Food formula is non-greasy hydrating formula that contains Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil and Marshmallow.
The Body Shop Satsuma  Hand Cream 30ml | £4.00

I love the smell of fresh oranges, don't you? Another zesty favourite that helps me with on-the-go hydration and to help soften the skin without leaving any slipper residue. This lightweight gel/cream like formula absorbs very quickly leaving my hands protected and ready for the next task.

The formulation of hand creams is something the French have got spot on. Wonderful French brand L'Occitane is probably considered one of the, if not the biggest success stories when it comes to hand creams with their best selling Shea Butter formula being sold every 3 seconds worldwide! Along with their original formula come with various other fragrances for you to enjoy which are still infused with that famous Shea Butter formula. I managed to still own a couple, that came part as a set, trialling the biddy sizes of 10ml which was a great introduction to discover the brand. The Verbena Cooling Hand Gel is another favourite for work as it gives that refreshing lemony scent and is enriched with Verbena Oil, Mint and the essentials oil of Thyme which are known for their purifying properties. The scent has also been great to use in the mornings to help revive with it's freshen wide-awake scent. The cooling gel-like cream that sets more dry than your traditional formulas makes this perfect to apply also during the warmer weather as it cools the skin and freshens clammy, sweaty hands.


By the Kitchen Sink

Nivea Q10 Anti- Age Care Hand Cream 75ml | £3.49*

I've been loving the Nivea Q10 which has proven to be a great product to have by the kitchen sink - it gets used a lot! Again it's portable so it takes up very little space by the sink. The scent may be not as strong as the other 3 but this does share a slight twist to their signature Nivea scent which produces enough fragrance without conflicting with the scent of my hand wash. The cream itself has a lovely lightweight texture that's rich but penetrates into my skin easily to prevent the formulation of dry cracked texture appearing on my hands that can happen due to the constant contact with water. This gives 24 hour protection and is enriched with the skin's Q10 Co-enzyme to help prevent the signs of ageing. This also contains UV Filters to help prevent UV induced age spots which is ideal for someone like me who rides a bike as my hands are always exposed to the environment.  

Night time treatment

When it comes to night time, I like to apply the richest formula, as I like layering this on more thickly than normal to give my hands a luxury treat and to help the skin repair whilst I'm asleep.

The most expensive out of all of them and is probably the most effective for a good night time treatment. This was also purchased as part of a set, and while I'll admit the fragrance didn't exactly wow me to begin with, it wasn't too long before I realised what a great formula this is.

This rich formula contains the fragrant oils of the Frangipani Monoi which comes from the flower Gardenia, and also contains the conditioning ingredient of Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil. This cream leaves my skin looking deeply nourished and with regular use I seen some improvement in the look of my hands. 


Do you have any favourite hand creams? 

Toni. xoxo

Products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for review.


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