One beauty tip that always sticks in my mind is to use a good hand cream because no matter how much you take care of your face and decollatage, your hands will show your age.
As a result of this little tidbit being permanently embedded in my brain, I am a huge fan of handcreams. Not only do they keep your hands young and there is something luxurious about them. Over the past number of months I’ve tried three different hand creams as I have been struggling with dry, chapped hands and attempting to grow my nails.
Soap and Glory Hand Food
Feel: Soap and Glory is a favourite brand of mine. I loved this hand cream to begin with but after a few weeks of using it the greasy feel of it started to irritate me. Although it claims to be a “non-greasy” hand cream, that isn’t so. It almost leaves a residue on your hands leaving your palms feeling oily. Yuck. There is a difference between soft and oily and Soap and Glory haven’t learned what it is yet.
Scent: Scent is important with a hand cream. I mean, it’s your hands. You touch your face with them, you eat with them. You don’t want an over powering, unpleasant scent on them! Hand food has a nice scent but as with the greasy feel of it, it is easy to get bored of. It’s an unnatural smell, somewhat overpowering and I started to find that it was making me sneeze quite a bit.
Results: The results were ok. Not astonishing. Yes my hands felt quite nice upon immediately using it but in the long run, it didn’t seem to strength my nails and as a former nail biter that is an important quality in a hand cream. It also didn’t rid my hands of those dry, grizzly bits nail bitters get. The product relies on the clever name and appealing packaging.
Price: €6.90 for 125ml. Not bad, so you are probably getting what you pay for.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Feel: As can be expected with Clarins, the consistency is creamy and luxurious. It is a pleasure to use and it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy.
Scent: Clarins is a classic brand, relying on a strong, hand-me down reputation of old often passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter. Anyone I know that uses Clarins religously will admit their grandmothers did too. Something that ties in with that is the scent. It is very perfumed and instantly recognisable but frankly, it’s probably the most off putting thing about this hand cream for someone what doesn’t have nostalgia attached to the smell.
Results: I couldn’t believe how soft my hands felt after using this cream for a few weeks. As for the nails; perfect. Using this product certainly helped strengthen my nails. It didn’t much for anything noticably dry but that didn’t bother me as overall the results were incredible.
Price: €20.00 for 100 ml. Steep is an understatement. Yes, the results are wonderful. Yes, there it’s on another level of luxury but for an everyday product it is on the expensive side. It has to lose points for the cost as it’s just so unrealistic that you could buy this every month.
Roger & Gallet Créme Sublime Bois D’Orange
Feel: Heavenly! You only need to use a little of this hand cream because it so rich. If you use too much it can be a little greasy but as it spreads well there is no need to use a lot. It is silken when rubbing it in. Wonderful.
Scent: Out of the three products I’ve been trying out this has the most pleasant and natural scent. It has a light, orange scent and it’s not overpowering in the least.
Results: Stronger nails, softer hands, no dryness. Can’t complain.
Price: €9 for 75 ml (or €12 for 100 ml). Perfect price for a perfect product. It’s a luxurious product for a bargain price.