Are you making any New Year's resolutions? I've never been keen on them myself, rather preferring to constantly reassess my life, actions and options throughout the year and make the change there and then rather than waiting for a whole new year to roll around.
So, when, at the start of November, I decided I needed to start stepping up my game in some areas of my beauty regime, I decided to get stuck right in! One of those areas was eye cream and the other was hand cream. Both of these areas of my body have been sorely neglected in the beauty stakes and, after particularly seeing how chapped and ragged my hands were becoming from the cold weather, I wanted to address the issues head on. Over the past two months I have been trialling and testing a number of hand creams in a variety of environments and wanted to share my pick of the bunch with you today. To see the eye creams I have been using (and loving!) click here.
Soap & Glory Hand Food - €3.50
Hand Food is probably one of Soap & Glory's hero products. Everyone who tries it, loves it so, I had high expectations for this little pink tube. Not only does the cream have the same sugary scent that we have come to associate with the brand but, it has the most gorgeous silky, non-greasy texture which makes it perfect for using on-the-go and so, it lives in my handbag! My only quibble with it would be that it's not super strong on dry cuticles but, fear not, I have others that tackle that problem just fine!
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Mains* - €7.50
La Roche-Posay have further added to their Cicaplast line-up with a repairing hand cream, Cicaplast Mains. As with all of the Cicaplast products, it works on the premise of creating a barrier around the skin to allow it time to heal and repair. I keep this hand cream on my desk in work as it is unscented so won't stank up the office and it dries rapidly so I can use the computer again straight after applying it. The fact that it restores the skin's barrier and instantly soothes chapped, sore skin makes it perfect for applying after coming in from the outside, especially now that the weather has turned colder.
Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream* - €12.95
Where the other two hand creams rapidly soak into the skin, the Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream is much more viscous and hydrating and, as such, takes forever to dry. With this in mind, and the strong scent, I solely use this as an overnight hand mask of sorts and keep the tube by my bed. Shea butter keeps skin ultra hydrated and organic pomegranate seed oil works to slow the signs of aging. I feel like this is the best all-rounder of the creams in that it softens, smooths, rehydrates and has the anti-aging properties.