As you can imagine I try and buy quite a lot of beauty products. Ok, understatement of the century. I have my favourites but whilst organising my products into my new IKEA Alex storage (more on this later) the other day I wondered which product I use most.
It’s that time of year again. Our once smooth, soft hands start to transform into something much more sinister. For me it’s central heating, far too much hand washing and running outdoors that lead to that horrible crispy feeling so I like to take precautions.
There are a tonne of hand creams on the shelves, some cheap as chips, other stretching the budget a little. To save you time I have been dabbling with a selection over the past few months. Let me say that I always have a tube of Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Lotion in my drawer but it’s not a great moisturiser or protector. I actually use it on my cuticles so I didn’t include it here.
1. Image Ageless Total Rejuvenating Hand Creme SPF 15
This is the best of the best in my book, I wouldn’t be without it. It diminishes age spots with a blend of natural skin lightening agents. It also builds up collagen making the skin look plumper and younger. This cream contains UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection which a good all rounder needs to prevent age spots on the hands from sunlight. It smells like lemons which is unusual but refreshing none the less. Co-enzyme Q10 is on the list of ingredients which fight free radicals and help prevent environmental damage.
The tube is 2fl oz / 56.7ml which is a decent size but not too much to lob in your handbag. It’s very moistursing and yet isn’t greasy – greasy hand lotion means greasy skin and hair at the end of the day! The best thing about this product is that it’s by Image so I trust that it will work. Money well spent in my opinion. A lady I know said this cream worked magic on her “witch like hands”, her words not mine :). If your hands are in serious need of rejuvenation than this might be worth the spend.This beauty costs €38 which is steep but it’s a cosmeceutical product with SPF. This gear works!
2. Yon-Ka Nutri-Protect Repairing Comforting Hand Cream Yon-Ka is a another brand you can rely on but how does their hand cream measure up? This product is pure luxury. It smells absolutely gorgeous although I can’t put my finger on the scent. Like all Yonka product it smells of botanicals but in this instance it’s more fruity and light. It’s rich and nourishing and is a real treat on your cuticles. However it doesn’t contain SPF which means it’s no good as a day-time option for me. This is a night-time treat. The tube contains 1.73fl oz / 50ml which makes it slightly smaller than the Image one. It costs €29.50 but contains advanced anti-ageing properties.
3. Dr.Ceuticals Super Repair Hand Cream This is fast absorbing cream that also contains Q10, hydrating glycerin and a pro-collagen peptide which all help to keep the skin moisturised and youthful. The scent is subtle, fresh and pretty. It doesn’t smell as good as the Yonka or Image one, it reminds me of a Nivea smell, which is very nice. It’s light, non-greasy and really does absorb quickly. This one is a repair cream as it says on the tube, so no SPF for day use. The tube contains 75ml/2.5fl oz. Dr Ceutical products are available from Boots and from DrCeuticals.co.uk €13.99 / £9.99.
Dr.Ceuticals Hand De-Age Cream SPF 15 I have spoken about this one before but it was worth adding into the post. This cream is designed to brighten dark spots, smooth and hydrate the skin whilst protecting it from sun damage. Their Super Repair cream has a nicer scent, this one smells fresh like all of the other Dr Ceuticals skin products.
You may be wondering why I compare scent when I’m reviewing hand creams. Well for me scent it important. If I am going to be applying a cream throughout the day on an exposed part of my body it should smell nice!
I love hand products. Everyone uses them so they make a nice token gift too. I’m thinking of Christmas here. Have it gift wrapped with a pretty ribbon and voila, a useful present which would be appreciated by most.
We have always been told to leave enough time between a facial and a special event so your skin looks it’s best. It has been my experience that the benefits of the facial have often worn off before the big day. I was excited when I heard about Image’s new treatment – the O2 Facial. You can have it the day before a big event or even on the morning of. I was intrigued.