Being a blogger, email-answerer and general faff-around-on-the-interneter, my hands get pretty battered on a daily basis. Typing, tweeting and continually having an electrical device attached to my hand does nothing for the sake of my skin, nails or general hand heath. I rely constantly on a hydrating and quick absorbing hand cream to get me through each day, needing a product to provide enough moisture and relief without leaving residue that inevitably causes a sticky keyboard. After many years of trying, these three hand creams are the lovers I just keep going back to - they do the job and don't cost a fortune.
L'Occitane: Dry Skin Hand Cream (£8.00 for 30ml)
was the first hand cream that I totally and utterly fell in love with.
Although it's the most expensive of the three, the sheer concentration
of Shea Butter in the formula makes even the smallest amount
exceptionally hydrating. This is what I use when my hands are really
dried-out, to the point of being painful, and a couple of applications
really helps to soothe chapped skin. This works really well as an
overnight treatment too: just pop a layer on before bed and make sure
your hands are under the covers for the heat of your body to aid deep
2. The Body Shop: Almond Hand & Nail Cream (£10.00 for 100ml)
during a shopping nightmare (carrying bags of new things can play havoc
with your cuticles,) this emergency treatment ended up being a
favourite. Lighter than L'Occitane but equally as effective, this smells
delicious and is absorbed into the skin in a matter of seconds.
Extremely affordable, starting at £5.00 for 30ml, this is a great budget
buy that allows you to try all the different scents on offer. They do super cute small tubes of this too, which are perfect for popping in your handbag for use on the go.
3. Crabtree & Evelyn: Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy (£8.00 for 50g)
brand that may have a reputation for sitting on your grandmother's
dressing table, there's a reason why they've stood the test of time:
they're good. Their hand creams are the most well established and
respected of products within their repertoire, providing a thick yet
light formula that hydrates hands while leaving an unusual scent behind.
I love the Honey & Coriander variety, but the Avocado & Basil
is equally as uplifting. They may sound like they belong in a cook book, but these creams really do the business.
What are your favourite hand creams?