One product that’s a huge necessity over winter is a hand cream. With the cold and dry air, our hands dry out and get flaky and sore very easily. So something needs to be done about it. I have a stash of 3 hand creams on the go (2 in my flat, one at my parent’s). This is one I received with a magazine quite a few months back, and has otherwise just been sat forgotten about until recently. You can buy this product for £8 in the 30ml tube here.
This particular one is called “Rose Tenderness” and seems like a very delicate name for a product that’s used on very delicate hands. The pink print of the packaging certainly helps to emphasise this. While I’m not a fan of pink, the colour blocking is completely logical. The cream has a very delicate and pleasant scent, and I don’t find it too overbearing. In fact, there are times when I just sit and sniff my hands because the scent can be very calming. Which is a big statement since I rarely find scents appealing.
The tube itself is a great size for keeping in your bag for on-the-go type situations. While hand creams are great during the winter because of the cold, I can see myself keeping one in my bag for as long as I work in retail – handling cardboard boxes can really take it out on your hands. So this little thing should live in my bag – if my memory was good enough for me to put it there in the first place.
The cream itself is moderately thick, but is very easy to spread over your hands. A little can certainly go a long way, so even with a mini-sized tube like mine, it has the potential to last a little while before you need to repurchase. The swatch you see on my hand is enough to spread over both hands, and absorbs within a couple of minutes, and in that time any excess residue is almost gone or minimal.
After using it for a couple of days I noticed a significant difference in the texture of my skin. My hands were originally dry and mildly flaky from the cold and aftermath of work, but afterwards were much smoother. Not perfect, but a lot better. With consistent use it really improves the texture of my skin.
I definitely suggest this product. While it’s not ideal for keeping on your bedside table because of its size, it is a great on-the-go product for when you need the extra attention for your hands. There is a larger tube though, retailing at £18 on the L’Occitane website here. Would I pay that much for a hand cream? Typically, no. While a very great product I can’t justify as a student with a very tight budget spending so much on a hand cream. As a blogger, I will enjoy testing out other alternatives while searching for the product that fits my personal criteria. The price is the only thing I consider a con about this product, otherwise I would genuinely say I am completely happy with this product.