My current favourite cold weather hand creams!
Featuring Kitty’s fluffy bottom.
Blah, damn you rain and wind and cold. I may love Autumn fashion wise, but as for skincare and my damned contact dermatitis it turns out that I absolutely hate you. With a passion. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but the change in the weather always means a change in skin care on my hands. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you will know my contact dermatitis on my hands is the bane of my life and reminds me that being a silly girl at Uni and not wearing gloves when messing with chemicals was a totally stupid idea! I do find that balms rather than moisturisers work better to prevent the flair ups, but alas I have run out and they’re already feeling the wrath of the storms (well, mild drizzles). I’ve dug out my favourite new and old hand creams for the time being though and here we have what seems to be currently working the best to help soothe and calm my weary fingers.
Although this variety of the Floriography Handcream is the Sweet Pea and Peony one, it’s not as great as the Verbena and Chamomile one was at soothing my itchy, dry hands. The formula doesn’t seem as ermmm… solid? It’s more runny, BUT with a lovely mix of oils and potions it’s still a winner in my eyes as a hand cream to take the edge away from my dermatitis. It’s ultra moisturising and smells delicious. I picked this up from Poundland actually, but it was really limited stock. For a £1 though you simply couldn’t have gone wrong!
Containing loveliness in the form of Lavender, Patchouli and Bergamont this smells as delicious as the packaging design looks. It’s a lovely herby scent and absorbs so quickly in to my hands. I cannot describe how annoying it is when you moisturise your hands then need to send a text and your phone just slips out of them on to the floor, haha. But thankfully that doesn’t happen with this. It’s soothes and calms my skin endlessly and Shea Butter is an ingredient I have found which is really beneficial to my skin. It doesn’t sting when it’s applied on more sore area’s either, like some over fragranced hand creams can, lovely.
The cheapest one in the selection for 75p this is a really nice every day hand cream. Not only does it make your hands instantly softer but it smells really nice and delicate too. Beeswax helps to lock in the moisture rather than restore it, so this is a great dry skin prevention cream too. Allantoin is a product I’ve haven’t actually heard of before, but a quick google tells me that although it is a natural chemical compound it happens to be a great ingredient to increase moisture and also acts as an anti irritant – perfect for skin conditions like mine, as every day products like fairy liquid can flair up my dermatitis a lot.
Finally, not actually a hand cream at all, but the Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion. I find baby products are always great for sensitive skin and minor skin problems (for me anyway). This isn’t as moisturising as I’d have hoped, but you know, my hands aren’t actually anything like a babies bottom. Made up of buttermilk, Shea butter and sunflower seed oil, this is a nice little cocktail to keep my skin problems at bay, I tend to use this to protect my hands before cleaning and the like, as it feels like it leaves a bit of a protective layer on my skin. Although it does smell quite horrid.
What are your favourite handcreams for Autumn and Winter?
Do you suffer from eczema or dermatitis? What would you recommend?