Three things that are always in my handbag: lip balm, plasters and (the all important) hand cream. I can’t bear the feeling of dry digits or wishing I had a tube of something nourishing to distract me while traveling on the tube, so it’s something I consciously try to always carry with me – no matter the time of year. I seem to be really prone to dry hands (I probs don’t drink enough water and spend too much time doing washing up,) so I’m always on the hunt for great hand creams that are not only hardworking and provide a quick hit of moisture, but are beautiful pampering treats. Fancy treating yourself to a new one or three? Here are some of my current faves that are surprisingly affordable too…
Dove Nourishing Secrets Restoring Ritual Hand Cream (£3.99)
Although I’m not convinced this is anything other than their body lotion re-packaged as a hand cream (I don’t have the full ingredient lists to compare,) it’s really lightweight and helps to add a hit of moisture without overloading hands. The texture is light and fluid so you only need a little, and the inclusion of coconut oil helps to restore hands on the go. A great basic ‘good to have in the kitchen drawer’ hand treat from a brand we love.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£21.00)
Part of their limited edition collection with Rifle Paper Co, this beautiful design also holds one of the most iconic and best selling hand creams of all time. If you’re after a hardworking and long-lasting hand cream to pop in your desk drawer or on your bedside table, this is a great investment; it soothes hands instantly and the thick and creamy texture is an utter pleasure to massage into skin. Super rich, this is what you need when your hands need an intense pamper.
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Hand Cream (£44.00 for three)
Part of a limited edition trio collection, this is possibly my fave of the three thanks to its subtle elegant scent and feminine notes. Although it’s definitely pricey, the experience it provides means this is a hand cream to be treasured and passed around amongst friends; the packaging is cute AF, while the lightweight texture helps to give hands a hit of hydration when they need it. It may not be one for those chapped and super dry hands, but it’s something to be treasured on a daily basis.
Sephora Almond Hand Balm (€5.00)
I picked this up on impulse while in Paris (a girl can never have too many hand creams!) and truthfully wish I’d popped another five in my basket – it smells *that* good. Not only is the formula beautifully nourishing and not at all greasy, but it leaves a delicate nutty scent on hands that’s reminiscent of the Laura Mercier version that’s about thirty times the price. The balmy texture is also a lot more soothing and really evokes the feeling that you’re treating your hands.
Yope Tea & Mint Hand Cream (£7.99)
This is definitely a new brand to watch; Yope create some of the most amazingly creative and deliciously scented body care products that are full of goodness, and this hand cream is just the tip of the iceberg. A great texture in a big old tube for the price, this formula features shea butter, Vitamin E, argan oil, coconut oil and olive oil to strengthen and nourish the skin; that’s a lot of goodness in one little package. And it smells ah-mazin.
Le Patisserie De Bain Sugared Violet (£3.99)
An oldie but a goodie, this smells like my favourite childhood sweets (Palma Violets) and evokes all kinds of warm fuzzy feelings inside. Not sickly sweet but just sweet enough to appeal to your sugary needs, the texture is actually quite rich and absorbs very well into skin within only a few moments. Check out their other sweet treat inspired hand creams if this tickles your fancy!
What’s your fave hand cream or the one that’s always in your bag? (Hit me up!)
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