I always use hand cream because your neck and hands are the true giveaway of age. The skin on the hands has a really tough time. It is subjected to water, sun , wind and UV rays and most the time we don't even think about it. We really take them for granted but just think about how important they are!
In reality I don't know many who think about applying SPF on their hands but why shouldn't we when use foundations and primers contain SPF?
May be that's one for my New Years resolution as I am creeping towards the 30 mark I am becoming increasingly determined to maintain nice skin for as long as possible.
I have tried lots of hand creams, some I don't have anymore so I couldn't take pictures but I will mention what I used and my thoughts on each.
The above are the best but sadly the most expensive (typical)
What I look for in a hand cream
The main aspect of a good hand cream is in my opinion a one that doesn't sink in straight away. I loathe ones that contain a high water content as it feels so thin and disappears in seconds leaving my hands feeling dewy but not nourished. The ones that contain oil are my favourites but these are best used when you have a few minutes to let it penetrate the skin.
L'Occitane Dry skin hand cream - My favourite, it smells nice and contains 20% shea butter for extra moisture. £17
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Source- Close second, this feels really thick but not greasy. Quite a while after it is applied it still feels soft and moisturised, smells a little like talc though. £12
Jurlique lavender hand cream - Smells ok but feels less moisturising than the two above. Sinks in quite quickly but feels soft still. £17
Norwegian formula- very moisturising perfect for evening and those with severely dry hands but takes forever to sink in and leaves hands greasy. For intense treatment apply this before bed and pop on some cotton gloves. £2-4
Dove-least favourite, feels very watery and not as moisturising as any of the others. £1.99
It just goes to show you really do get what you pay for . £17 is quite expensive but it is something you use maybe 6 times a day or more. We think nothing of spending £20-30 on foundation to cover our sins but what about the poor hands. You'll thank me when you have less age spots and wrinkles when your older!
Own up who doesn't look after their hands :) ?