Handy Creams

Winter is here, with a vengeance. Of course, with winter come the joys of winter beauty problems: static hair and dry, flaky skin. Over the coming weeks, I’m going to be researching and testing out products that claim to tackle these issues and reporting back. To start with though, a round up of some of the greatest hand creams out there from high end to cheap and cheerful.

Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream (£14.00)

Thick cream that soaks straight into skin and leaves it moisturised for a long time, even after washing hands. Doesn’t have a strong smell or leave skin greasy- top marks. Yes, this is quite an expensive one, but as it is really effective you don’t need to use much and will last a long time.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hand and Nail Cream (£TBC)

Elemis is the ultimate in pampering and this hand and nail cream does feel like true luxury. A lighter cream than the Clinique still absorbs straight in and doesn’t leave skin greasy, but the moisturising effect doesn’t last as long as the Clinique one. The mini sized tube I have is the perfect handbag size- very handy. I prefer the scent of the Ginger and Lime Elemis range to this, but it doesn’t smell at all bad, just not quite as yummy as the Ginger and Lime!

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Cream (around £1.50)

Reliable, cheap and cheerful option, this is the one I keep on my desk at work (I wouldn’t dare take the ‘posh’ one’s somewhere they could get ‘lost’). A light pink lotion, the smell is hard to describe- partly floral, partly clinical and fresh. This one soaks straight in but does leave skin a little greasy and doesn’t last that long and would need to be reapplied after washing hands, but this is good value for a quick fix.

The Body Shop Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream (£5)

Last, but certainly not least is the offering from The Body Shop. Before I get onto the results of this it is very important to mention the fact that this cream donates proceeds to a very important cause: stopping sex trafficking, well worth donating to, even if you don’t want the hand cream – buy as a stocking filler for a friend and get your own do-good, feel-good glow!

But, good causes aside, the cream is worth the investment- the thick texture delivers a really powerful moisturising boost that is perfect as an overnight moisturising treatment. Be aware that the angelica extract smell is quite strong, so worth a sniff before you buy in case it isn’t for you, but if you like it then I am confident you will love the results.
The small print! Of the above products, I was sent the Clinique, The Body Shop and Elemis creams to review. I bought the Vaseline cream.
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2 Comments

  1. claire eloise
    November 10, 2009 / 9:43 pm

    you should totally try the body shop hemp hand protector – its so moisturizing but not oily at all! xx

  2. November 12, 2009 / 9:50 am

    One of my friends swears by that cream, I like the effect but really not keen on the smell! I am liking the freebie that came with Marie Claire this month though…x

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