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Friday, 30 October 2015

Three hand creams for any situation

While the rest of me gets covered with tights and jumpers, hands and face remain uncovered. Moisturising my face is second nature, but I easily forget that my hands need the same amount of love.

I've chosen three hand creams which between them cover just about every hand cream need.

The bedside table wonder:

Burt's Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream (£10.99)

Rich, comforting and smells heavenly. Packed with lovely sweet almond oil, I slather this on at bedtime and wake up to softer, smoother, younger-looking hands. I find this is best for the end of the day - because of its high oil content it's a little greasy.
The packaging is gorgeous - a sturdy vintage-style pot with a twist-off lid so you can get every last drop out. Plus the lid has a picture of a cow on it!

Cruelty free.

 Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, aqua (water, eau), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, kaolin, parfum (fragrance), citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit extract, non-fat dry milk, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, glycerin, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol, stearic acid, glucose, sodium borate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, linalool.

The budget handbag staple:

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Unscented Hand Cream (£3.69)

A classic drugstore hand cream and the first one I ever tried - I remember 'borrowing' my mum's when I was younger. (Sorry mum).It has a thick, gel texture at first, but once on the skin it spreads easily. It absorbs incredibly quickly without leaving any greasiness, making it ideal for work and those busy, on-the-go days - no slimy keyboards, slippery phone screens or greasy marks left anywhere. It's very economical too  - a little goes a long way.  

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetaryl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cetaryl Sulphate, Soduim Sulphate, Phenoxyethanol.

The any time, anywhere multi-purpose one:

Ren Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream (£20)

Really it's a face cream, but it works incredibly well on hands. Rich but non-greasy, it feels cossetting and protective. It's wonderful on sensitive skin and great for on-the-go moisturising anywhere on face or body. Includes calming rosa damascena flower water and arctic cranberry, which helps reduce skin sensitivity.


Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Squalane,Cera Alba (Beeswax), Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sucrose Distearate, Magnesium Sulphate, Phenoxyethanol, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea (Lingonberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate,Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Citronellol, Geraniol.

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