Monday, January 28th, 2013

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: Hand Cream

Share: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about hand cream! Always use it? Never use it? Effective?

my answer: I love, LOVE hand cream, but I’m terrible at consistently using it. I constantly wash my hands, so sometimes it feels like a waste. I’m really trying to at least put it on before bed now.

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66 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Hand Cream

  1. vicky kemerli

    -Dove intensive nourisment hand cream (deep care complex)
    -cera di cupra!

  2. Nese

    I work in a lab so hand cream is a must. I keep 7 different kinds in my desk and 1 in my purse. It’s so worth it, even for people who don’t wear gloves and wash all day like I do.

  3. Can’t live without it! I have dry hands all-year-round, and it gets worse in winter. Nowadays I try to have hand cream around everywhere (on my desk, on my night table, in my purse) so that I’ll use it more often! Recently I have started using a face oil that doesn’t work for my face on my hands before slathering on hand cream at night. I think it has dramatically increased the moisturization level all day!

    • blueraccoon

      Which face oil do you use on your hands? I’m always looking for new ways to moisturize my hands :)

      • Hey, I think actually any face oil will do! I’m using the Sophyto one on my hands because sadly it doesn’t work too well on my face.

        • helen

          This may sound strange but Emu Oil is amazing for the face as well as the body.
          My fav hand cream is L’Occitaine all the way.

          • Haha no I don’t think it’s strange, but I don’t think I have access to that!

            I like L’Occitane as well. Have you tried Aesop? I’ve had both Aesop hand creams and they knock my socks off!

            • blueraccoon

              I’ve wanted to try the Aesop but the price makes me hesitate – it ain’t cheap :) Is it really worth it?

            • helen

              Where is Aesop sold? Can i get it at Sephora or at a drug store (here in Canada?).
              You’d be surprised that many health food stores carry Emu Oil.

  4. Ellen

    Adore. Love. Could live without. My favorite is Clarins Jeunesse des Mains, but it’s expensive, so I usually go for either Aveeno or Curel hand cream. Both are lovely! I slather it on many times a day and then at night too – in the winter, my hands are prone to cracking a bit from the cold!

  5. Dominique

    I have the Nivea handcream formulas : heavy and ineffective.
    I love L’Occitane body lotion, I often use it on the hands, and the Diptyque hand cream which is so delicate and smooth, very nourishing. The Kiko handcreams are not so bad ( 5,90 € each ), I use handcream every day and I try and wear cotton gloves. I think the best thing for hands is hemp but I haven’t tried it yet, cocoa or shea butter is good too.

  6. blueraccoon

    I’m a hand cream junkie; I’m always buying new tubes and trying new ones. currently in rotation: Clarins, Philosophy, L’Occitane, Bliss, J.R. Watkins, Body Shop, Le Couvent des Minimes, Burts’ Bees, Steamcream, and FAB Ultra Repair Cream. At work I mostly use the FAB because it’s unscented although sometimes I use the Steamcream, and at home I go between Clarins, Philosophy, Bliss, Steamcream, and L’Occitane depending on what I grab first on my desk. I put lotion on my hands every time I wash them and sometimes between washings if they feel dry.

    Love, love, love my hand cream.

    • Oops that other thread got too long and I can’t reply to it anymore so I’m doing it here. My experience with Aesop has been very positive, and that’s why I have been able to invest in their products without feeling too bad (better than buying something cheaper but won’t work). If I have to rate all the hand creams I’ve tried, Aesop has to come first. They’re nourishing but very light in texture, so you don’t feel any residue. See if you can get sample sachets first?

      • blueraccoon

        I will definitely look! I know you can get a small bottle of one of them (Resurrection, I think?) from cult beauty, but I’m not sure about the other one. I may try that one, though :)

        • Resurrection has less residue than Reverence, which makes it great for daytime! But then even Reverence absorbs pretty fast. I think you might like both!

  7. GUSnail

    I use hand cream a lot, especially in the winter. My favorites include Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion and L’Occitaine Hand Cream (the original-I think w/Shea Butter?).

  8. Danielle

    I have extremely dry skin, so I always use hand cream; it’s a must for me! I really used to love L’Occitane’s hand cream, but the last two I purchased felt super thick (did they change the formula?). I also hate the smell of the original hand cream, but some of the other scents don’t work as good. I recently tried the Julep Hand & Cuticle Stick – not a fan, but I do keep it near my bedside for emergency uses.

    • Phoebe

      Not sure if you care for the lavender scent, but I don’t think the lavender L’Occitane hand cream has changed formulas…I just bought one recently, and it still feels the same. Not thick, sinks in immediately, but doesn’t wash away after just one hand wash.

  9. Lisa C.

    I love Eucerin Plus but really wish someone would figure out how to combine hand washing with moisturizing.

    • blueraccoon

      I think Bath & Body Works has a hand soap with ribbons of lotion in it? But I can’t find it on their website or via google, so it may have been a limited time thing or I may just be on crack :)

  10. Sasha

    I use a few different ones. Love the body shop’s almond hand & nail for those days when I’m not wearing polish to give my nails a little love. I use Aveeno hand cream for a cheaper every day moisture (and when I have polish on) and I sometimes layer Kiehl’s hand creme over the Aveeno on days where it’s really dry and the moisture is being sucked from my skin. The Kiehl’s is good for a “moisture barrier” but doesn’t really add moisture to my hands.

  11. Anne

    I only use one in winter, and it’s a Neutrogena, but oh my, that stuff is EXCELLENT. I can notice a difference even after using it just once!

  12. t_zwiggy

    I HATE hand cream! I very rarely have dry hands and every single hand cream I have tried have either too oily and never absorbed completely or it had left a nasty waxy layer on my hands. The only one I’m able to use is CND Solar Silk lotion. I only apply it before bed because I can’t stand the way lotion feels on my hand. I prefer them to be their natural self, soft, smooth and non-oily/non-sticky.

    It’s been pretty cold here the past two weeks (-25°C), which should make the skin drier, but it’s never been a problem for me. My hands feel nice and well moisturized all year round, even without any hand cream.

  13. missrossre

    I need hand creams! My hands are always overdryed. In my bag I keep l’Occitaine hand cream,the original formula, pretty good but not incredible. At home I use honey, sugar and Nuxe oil as a weekly nourishing-scrub. This yes is terrific!!! ‘ve tried may many others but still didn’t find sthg that could become my HG.
    Waiting for suggestions 😉

    • JEN

      You should try Neutrogena Norweigen hand cream. It’s formulated for the driest skin. I just love it and it’s inexpensive! I have the L’Occitane but it’s not as moisturizing as the Neutrogena one.

      • Susan Nevling

        Jen, I am an RN too and worked in surgery- brutal on hands- and I agree with your choices- had forgotten about Neutrogena Norweigen hand cream/ I like them in reverse order. I use the plain shea butter L’Occitane. Just wanted to let you know that I agree with your suggestions.

  14. Julie

    Hand Food from Soap & Glory is the BOMB.COM!!!

  15. fishgirl182

    i am the same way. i need it and like moisturized hands but i always forget to put it on. i started leaving a giant tube at work to remind me.

  16. Cindy M

    I love Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E. The texture is very creamy, and it smells wonderfully clean and fresh. I’m an RN, so my hands are put through the ringer at work. I use this daily to replenish my parched hands and it works very well for me. I look forward to putting it on because the texture is terrific and my hands drink the moisture right up!

  17. Nesita

    I don’t have dry hands, not even in winter, so I rarely ever use them although I do have a few laying around haha

  18. Sabriel

    It’s essential to me, because the Minnesota winters make my skin crack and bleed. I’m obsessive about the skin on my hands now.

    I keep a thick hand cream (Burt’s Bees Almond Milk) next to my bed, a waxy hand cream (Burt’s Bees Hand Salve) in my purse and car, and a thin hand cream (Neutrogena Norwegian Formula) next to the keyboard and sink.

    Like I said, obsessive.

  19. When I was younger, I used to put vaseline on the backs of my hands and wear socks on my hands because me hands would crack and bleed! I use hand cream religiously now, after washing my hands, doing dishes, etc. Curel’s Intensive Healing is the only stuff I’ll ever use. A tiny dot works for all over my hands and it soaks in quickly and is unscented. And it’s only three bucks!

  20. Rosie

    My hands tend to be very dry so I’m a great hand cream fan. I love Laura Mercier’s Fresh fig hand cream. Not cheap but a little goes a long way and it smells divine.

  21. JEN

    Ahh hand cream, how do I love thee, let me count the ways…

    I use several hand creams because I wash my hands all the time especially at work. I’m an RN and washing hands is a must but then dry hands is the side effect so I have tried and tested several.

    L’Occitane Honey Hand Cream: Smells so good if you like the smell of honey/baby powder scents. I have 10 tubes of this limited edition scent. But as far as the moisture, it is moisturizing but does not absorb into the skin that well. It takes a few minutes and even then, your hands feel oily. I would say this hand cream is more of a “night” hand cream before bed. That way your hands will feel smooth in the morning. I love the packaging on the these travel hand creams as well. Great for your purse.

    Neutrogena Norwegian hand cream: I LOVE this hand cream because it absorbs quickly and is very moisturizing! It’s also inexpensive and fragrance free which is great for work. Fits into your purse nicely as well. The formula is inspired and developed by the Norwegian fisherman who used glycerin for their dry hands during fishing trips. The only downside is that it feels more like a gel than cream but it still absorbs and feels great.

    Soap and Glory Hand Food: This smells divine! But I don’t think this is as moisturizing as the two above. It’s non greasy and does absorb well but the moisture doesn’t last as long. So, I tend to use more of this during the day to keep my hands moisturized. The packaging is cute and hand bag friendly. Soap and Glory has increased their prices so it’s not as inexpensive as drug store hand creams.

    Bobbi Brown hand cream: This also smells great if you like sage and herbal scents. I really love Bobbi Brown’s skin care scent and this smells of it! This is an expensive high end hand cream so I do use this sparingly. It is very moisturizing but it doesn’t last long. The scent lasts longer than the moisture. It absorbs slowly so I use this more at night than anything else. You only need a little as well.

    Overall: I recommend the Neutrogena Norwegian hand cream because of the price point and how well it moisturizes the hands! It’s great for travel and your hand bag. I will continue to purchase this forever!

  22. cncx

    I love Yu-be cream on my hands with a layer of cetaphil cream on top in the winter when I am at home.

    Otherwise my guilty pleasure for my purse is Sisley. Its ingredients are definitely nothing special for the price tag, but it has one key element I have to have in hand creams when I am out: it sinks in immediately, and doesn’t get tacky or grimy. I wish I could find something cheaper (which shouldn’t be difficult given that the ingredients don’t have unicorn farts or anything) equally non-tacky and non-grimy.

  23. Jax

    I only really need it when it’s really cold or I have an eczema so I generally need something highly moisturising and sometimes a barrier.
    l’Occitaine, Neutrogena, REN and Lush either specific hand creams or balms.

    Unless I’m specially wanting a barrier I need a cream that soaks in quickly, anything else drives me bonkers.

  24. I carry hand cream with me everywhere I go in my bag, and I have at least three tubes lying around the house as well. My hands get ridiculously dry in winter, so I need to reapply often! My favorite hand cream of the moment is Yes To Tomatoes’ tender touch hand cream. It has a very special scent that I find very interesting.

  25. Mariella

    Because I teach Food and Nutrition and we do a LOT of cooking, I wash my hands very frequently (moving between 6 kitchens for 3 classes a day, 2 to 3 days a week) so I rely on hand creams. I’m all for cheap and cheerful, since I use so much and wash it off so frequently but I do love little indulgences too (L’Occitane). The one thing that bugs me (my own fault entirely) is applying hand cream before going out for the day and then being unable to turn the doorknob!

  26. TrippyPixie

    Hand cream is a necessity for me. Otherwise, my hands start cracking, bleeding, and turning red.

  27. I work in a medical office so I constantly have to wash my hands, especially during flu season! If I’m not washing my hands, I’m always using hand sanitizer. To combat the dry hands, I always apply hand lotion afterwards. My absolute favorite is Silk Elements Shea Butter with Olive Oil. You can find it at Sally’s Beauty Supply!

    This stuff absorbs sooo fast and has a faint but pleasant smell. I go through a tube almost every 2 weeks.

  28. AnGeLwInGz

    I love pretty hand creams like l’occitane but honestly with the condition of my hands I need to use aquaphor to heal the cracks and dryness. Hopefully my next job won’t require so much hand washing!

  29. Susan Nevling

    My favorite hand cream is L’Occitane Shea butter hand cream or the same cream with lavender which is a little more lotion than cream. I also like the Bliss hand cream. I prefer creams over lotions because my skin tends to be very dry in the winter and dry in the summer.

  30. Melissa

    Love hand cream!!!! My all time holy grail hand cream/body cream is elizabeth arden’s 8 hour body lotion it’s not greasy at all and it will last through a few hand washings.

  31. Camilla

    I personally cannot live without the Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop. It’s super moisturizing and a lifesaver in the wintertime when my hands get really cracked. + I just adore the smell. And if you use The Body Shops Shea Body scrub before, to remove some of the dry skin…..omg it’s even more fabulous.

  32. Kami

    I am the worst when it comes to body creams or hand creams. Definitely ignore those areas. I just don’t like the greasy feeling. My skin is however extremely dry. I bought recently Lush Coco Lotion and I absolutely love it. The smell is not that great but it’s so moisturising and doesn’t leave my skin greasy.

  33. Jade

    I don’t often use actual hand cream because they can often bother my excema, I tend to use unscented body moisturisers.

  34. Erica

    I have eczema and must keep my entire body moisturized to avoid flare ups especially during these Northeast winters. I use various types of hand cream: neutrogena Norwegian formula as a quick fix, as a treat I like L’Occitane lavender hand cream. My Mom loves Korres body butter ( the fig and the yoghurt scents). My favorite is DIY – I make my own hand cream from Shea butter mixed w/ jojoba, avocado, tamanu, and carrot seed oils. I change my oils with the seasons and my moods. I keep little containers at work and in my makeup bag. I buy my butters and oils from mountain rose website. They’re great.

  35. Carriel2

    In the winter I use Nivea Soft. It comes in a tube, it’s not very expensive, it doesn’t leave my hands greasy, and it smells nice.

  36. I love hand cream! I use L’Occitane’s Shea Butter kind every night before bed. I love this kind because it soaks in super quick but hydrates really well. I have L’Occitane’s Fleur Chérie Hand Cream in my desk drawer at work but I always forget to use it. It’s great stuff (when I remember to use it, lol) because it soaks in in seconds so I can still use pens and not have them slipping around like flounders!

  37. Jay

    I love hand cream! By my desk I have a bottle of Urban Venus Pumpkin Pie scented hand lotion – it’s glorious, and I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out.

    When I was working at a coffee shop, our assistant store manager would always keep a tub of O’Keefe’s Working Hands in the back of the store. I can really, really recommend it if you wash your hands a lot, or if you’re bothered by scents – it works well on dry/cracked hands, doesn’t smell at all, and it’s water resistant so it doesn’t disappear the moment your hands get wet.

    The only downside may be the texture. It is solid, but softens up when you touch it into a more traditional lotion form. A bit odd to get used to, but I find that I like it quite a bit! Well worth the $8 for a tub of it – in Canada, they keep it near the painting supplies in Home Depot.

  38. Christine85

    I use hand cream all the time, especially at night when I go to bed. Before I was just using regular body lotion (St Ives) but now i’m testing out Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream (i’m a BzzAgent) and its AMAZING!! It moisturizes very quickly and its great to put around the cuticles! It’s cheap for only $5 bucks!

  39. Qing

    LOVE hand cream. However, I tend to forget to use them @ work; EVEN when they are right in front of me. I love L’Occitane Shea Butter/Rose, Jurlique Rose and etc. I try to put some on right before bed every night!

    • I love Loccitane’s hand creams! Shea Butter works the best for me. People have been raving about the Soap and Glory hand cream, I wonder if it’s any good!

  40. Holly M

    I like L’occitane shea butter hand cream. I have a tube of Lavanilla body cream at work b/c I love the scent but it’s not as moisturizing. It does soak in quickly though, so that’s good. At night I will rub in Aveda Beautifying Composition (it’s an oil). I used the Aveda oil on my partner’s hands for a hand massage – he’s a RN so his hands getting pretty beat. I’m putting the Neutrogena hand cream on my shopping list after reading the other comments on here!

  41. L

    I wash my hands a lot so I try to be diligent and add moisture back frequently because my hands will dry out and crack, more so in the winter, as it goes negative 30s in temperature. I’ve used a lot of different ones, and there are not very many that I find to actually be effective or sink in, which is annoying.

  42. NeenaJ

    At night, I slather on Tree Hut’s Almond body butter. It’s thick and smells like marzipan (love!) but, it’s too heavy for daytime.

    In the morning, I just rub on whatever serums, lotions, etc. I’m using on my face and that gets me through til about my third hand washing. But, it does make opening some cosmetics a chore. I love Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener but it’s a sleek, black cylinder that is absolutely impossible to open if you have the tiniest bit of moisturizer on.

    For daytime, I’ve tried JR Watkins (great formula but the smell is overpowering and gives me a headache) L’Occitane (not moisturizing enough) Nivea (seems to actually dry out my hands with repeated use – or I’m allergic to it).

    After reading all these comments, I’m definitely going to try the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula. Thanks, everyone!

  43. Ana

    I’m always washing my hands which are very dry on winters and dry on summer, they need to be moisturizing frequently. I love to use Just Swiss’s Chamomile or Lavender creams. I have them on my desk (and I forget the use them more often than not!). At night I use Yves Rocher winter hand cream no matter the season. Sadly the old formula has been discontinued and I didn’t try the new formula this season so I may be getting L’Occitane Shea Butter cream which everyone seems to love.

  44. Liz

    I like hand cream, but i tend to forget to use it. Especially in winter time, my hands get dry. But i usually remember to put my cream on when i feel my dry hands.

    I really like OPI´s avoplex hand cream. Smells really good.

  45. Joy

    I desperately need hand cream, especially during the winter, but I always manage to forget it.

    Hand cream is super tricky for me. I have exceptionally sensitive skin and most hand creams make my hands burn (I’m looking at you Neutrogena and Eucerin!) AND I am super sensitive to fragrences, which unfortunately counts out L’Occtaine.

    The one and only product that works for me is First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair cream is incredible. Though not technically a hand cream, it gets the job done with minimal smell. It’s long lasting and it heals my chapped, flaky, and red hands better than any other cream I’ve tried.

    HIGHLY recommended!

    • Angela

      Thanks for the review! I just started Chemo and one of the side effects is hand/foot syndrome and I have been looking for a good gentle yet effective product. I’m going to add this to my Sephora cart right now,thanks!

      • Joy

        Oh good! I’m so glad I could help! I really hope you like it as much as I do. And good luck with your Chemo. I hope everything goes as well as possible <3

  46. Amy

    Does anyone know of a good vanilla scented (foody cupcake-y sweet or warm bourbon-y), preferably with physical SPF, hand cream? Or just something nice without tons of silicone and stuff that I can find relatively easily in the US? Thank you so much :)

  47. While in line at ULTA I gave in to one of the impulse buys – EOS Everyday Hand Lotion.

    It has a clever purse- and clutch-friendly shape and size. The scent is light and clean with just a little floral. It works quite well and soaks in beautifully. I use just a dab on the back of my hands after every washing. Because I apply and rub it in on only the backs of my hands rather than my palms, I use less. I don’t need it on my palms, so this works well to conserve the lotion. It looks funny when I apply it, but it’s worth and usually brings a smile to the face of anyone watching. :)

  48. ra

    I like Flexitol hand balm, Body Shop almond hand and nail butter. I use these before bed at night as they are a bit oily. For day time I just love Dove Pro Age Hand Cream as it doesn’t leave an oily feeling.
    Neutrogena hand cream does not give enough moisture to my hands. I also like Lush Lemony Flutter for cuticles.

  49. Angie M.

    I have used several hand creams including L’Occitane, Bliss, Kiss My Face, Julep, Neutrogena, and The Body Shop and enjoyed them all. My current favorite is Ahava Mineral Hand Cream; it smells divine. It’s expensive at $21 for 3.4 oz, but I bought 2 for $12 when it was on sale. I should have bought more!