A Hand Care Survival Guide

With Winter into full effect (although we luckily don’t have a polar vortex here) it’s all hands on deck again (ha) to try and maintain my hands and nails in good shape. While my skin doesn’t usually suffer much from the cold, my hands immediately show cracks and dry patches.. Unless I take consistent proper care of them. I’ve tested heaps of hand creams and while I’ve still got some I need to give a thorough test run (I don’t like to have too many similar products opened at once), I selected my current loves and must-haves that have stayed in my routine during the past few months & years. 

The Bedside Must-Have: Lush Dream Cream (€20.30/£11.25/$26.95 for 240ml): Lush’s Dream Cream has been my go-to bedside hand cream for a year and a half now, and I honestly wouldn’t replace it for the world. Contains oat milk, chamomile oil & rose water to soothe broken skin. Has saved my skin numerous times.. There is nothing that works better for me. This will even work wonders on eczema! 

The Anti-Aging Treatment: Sampar First Hands Cream (€29.00/£30.00/$52.00 for 50ml): Sampar is a French brand built around the lifestyle of the Parisian woman that wants no-nonsense skin care. This First Hands Cream is said to be the first cosmetic alternative to hand rejuvenation with a killer anti-aging formula containing hyaluronic acid and a cocktail of anti-oxidants. It promises to do all sorts of magic like diminishing wrinkles & pigmentation marks, but what I like most is how pleasant this is to massage in & how it sinks in really fast! 

The Handbag Essentials: L’Occitane Hand Cream (€7.50/£8.00/$12.00 for 30ml): I’ve raved about them before and they’ve won loads of skin care prizes.. These little L’Occitane Hand Cream tubes come in different scents and editions and are very easy to take with you on the go. They sink in fast so there’s no waiting until your hands are less sticky. My personal top favourite? The Fleurs Merveilleuses edition. So delicious. 

The Extreme Budget Buy: Delhaize Hand Cream (€2.49 for 100ml): It doesn’t get any more budget than this Hand Cream by Delhaize (a Belgian supermarket). Formulated with cottonseed oil and has an addictive lightly sweet scent. Doesn’t leave any sticky residue. Won’t work wonders in the long run, but provides quick relief for dry and itchy hands.

The Ultimate Rescuer: Rituals Miracle Balm (€10.00/£10.00/$17.00 for 75ml): For the extremely dry hands that need some very thorough and nourishing TLC with this glycerin based super thick hand balm. Can be used as a mask as well: apply a thick layer and leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then tissue of the residue. Does contain quite some silicones which leaves a greasy film around the hands, but it doesn’t get sticky.

All products mentioned can be found in stores as we speak, and if you’re quick you might even snatch some of those delicious L’Occitane hand creams on sale as the special Winter editions are up for grabs at -50% now.

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