Cocoa butter has been used for decades in home remedies and beauty solutions, so it’s no surprise that brands are also using it in lotions for its moisturising properties. Not only does cocoa butter penetrate down into the second layer of the skin, unlike many hydrating creams, but it also contains a high level of Vitamin E that’s well known for its ability to renew and repair. Cocoa butter is also an antioxidant (meaning it helps protect the skin from toxins and free radicals,) giving it properties that many other natural ingredients can’t compete with. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotions have developed an almost cult status, being a favourite amongst pregnant women and those suffering with extremely dry skin; so when I found out they were launching their very own range of hand creams my reaction was ‘why on earth has it taken so long?’ They already have some fabulous skincare, so these little additions complete the range and enable you to have soft and supple skin all over. The new Palmer’s hand cream range has been designed to help achieve silky smooth and younger looking hands by using the highest quality cocoa butter. (We all know the hands are the first thing to give away our age when we start getting on a bit!) There are three hand creams to choose from:
1. Eventone Age Spot Hand Cream, which targets age spots and discolouration. Palmer’s exclusive Tone Enhancing Complex is packed with a powerful combination of key ingredients that are proven to fight the signs of ageing, by both inhibiting melanin production and lightenening pigmentation. It also includes Vitamin C, to brighten skin tone, and SPF to protect against further sun damage.The formula is really light and has a delicate fragrance, giving a super smooth result in seconds. You don’t have to have the hands of Maggie Smith to enjoy this either – I’d totally say this was the pick of the bunch for me.
2. Intensive Relief Hand Cream, for extra intensive moisturisation. This fast working hand
cream which is perfect for those whose dry, sensitive hands need intensive care. Urea helps to retain moisture, while soy and oat help to relieve itchy or irritated skin. The formula has been dermatologically tested, as well as being fragrance and paraben free, so it’s perfect for super sensitive or extra dry hands. This is a slightly thicker formula that absorbs into the skin within around a minute, leaving really hydrated and soft hands – this is one for placing next to the washing up bowl to ensure your digits remain beautiful.
3. Fast Absorbing Hand Cream, the ultimate quick fix for keeping hands in tip top condition. The blend of pure cocoa butter helps to soothe dry skin whilst urea and glycerin help to retain moisture. They say this will leave hands feeling soft, smooth and moisturised for up to 24 hours, which I can’t say it does – although I don’t know any hand cream to be able to deliver on that claim! This ironically takes the longest to absorb out of all of them, leaving a slightly sticky feeling for a few minutes while the formula gets to work. However, it does have that delicious cocoa scent synonimous with Palmer’s, so I can see this become a cult product in its own right.
These are great little hand creams and will definitely be in my bag on a daily basis from hereon in, but the great news is that I also have a set of these to give away to one lucky person. If you want to have hands in tip top condition like me, all you have to do is be a follower of LBQ and let me know in the comments box what your biggest hand concern is – it could be dryness, irritation, breaking nails or even wrinkles. Leave me a comment and your email/Twitter handle and I’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!
Eventone Age Spot Hand Cream RRP £3.98, Intensive Relief Hand Cream RRP £2.99, Fast Absorbing Hand Cream £2.49
T&Cs One entry per person, open to the UK only. Must be a follower of LBQ and leave valid contact details. Competition ends 7th February 2013 at 11.59pm. Winner chosen at random and must respond within 24hrs or another will be chosen. LBQ is not responsible for the delivery of prize and no alternative available.