Hand and Nail Care
If you think about everything our hands go through on a regular basis, and what they will have gone through by the time we hit our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – from typing, to cooking, to gardening, to swimming, and everything in between, not to mention the time they are exposed to the sun, it’s no wonder they are one of the first parts of our bodies to start showing their age. In fact, our hands actually age as quickly as our faces do, so it’s super important to apply hand cream regularly throughout the day, to keep your hands in tip top condition. An easy way to ensure your hands are kept hydrated is to apply hand cream after your morning shower, after lunch, before you go to bed, and after any washing activity.
A specialist hand or hand/nail cream should be used (as opposed to your normal body lotion), as these products are a thicker, more emollient formula, especially designed to hydrate the delicate skin on our hands, and to hydrate and plump our thinning skin as it ages. Many hand creams also contain ingredients to nourish and protect your nails and cuticles – something you won’t find in an ordinary body lotion. Try some of these wonderful hand hydrators, and apply as often as needed.
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Primer, Hand Recovery, Anti-Ageing Hand Therapy, and Overnight Hand Therapy
Crabtree & Evelyn have hand care covered with these 4 specialist products. The Hand Primer works just as a serum for your face would – forming a protective yet breathable shield for your hands, to help prevent every damage from environmental aggressors and pollution. The smooth silky formula contains probiotics and five botanical acids, to keep your hands silky smooth. Available in six scents. 30ml RRP $25.00 ($26.00 for the Evelyn Rose scent). Follow the primer with the Hand Recovery Cream, enriched with shea butter for supreme hydration, and gentle exfoliators to lightly scruff away harder skin areas as it conditions and soothes. Designed to leave hands beautifully smooth and exhilaratingly scented with the three scents it is available in. 100g RRP $30.00. If your hands are really showing the signs of ageing, the age-defying benefits of the specially formulated Anti-Ageing Hand Therapy will work wonders. The rich, swiftly absorbed treatment has two-fold anti-ageing benefits. Formulated with White Lily extract, it moisturises, brightens and evens skin tone, reflecting the appearance of firmer skin with diminished fine lines. Available in six scents. 70g RRP $32.00 ($34.00 for the Evelyn Rose scent). Nighttime is when the skin can finally focus on recovering from the day’s stress. Complete your hand treatment with the specially formulated Overnight Hand Therapy, formulated with a concentrated complex of vitamins and amino acids to enhance the skin’s barrier, maintain skin’s natural moisture, and soothe dryness. It works in exactly the same way as a night cream would for your face, and you will awaken in the morning with smooth, soft, nourished and beautifully scented skin! Available in six scents. 75g RRP $32.00 ($34.00 for the Evelyn Rose scent).
Ella Bache Hand & Nail Treatment Cream
Anther favourite from Ella Bache, the Hand & Nail Treatment Cream is a rich, protective hand cream with lanolin (to protect skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss), squalane (to boost skin’s hydration, soften, and prevent dryness), and vitamin E and antioxidant fruit oils (to help protect against free radicals that can age hands more quickly). The formula absorbs quickly to nourish and deeply moisturise hands, while conditioning cuticles. The addition of keratin helps to strengthen nails. No parabens, mineral oil, propylene glycol, and it’s the perfect handbag size. 50ml RRP $25.00.
Nivea Hand Cream
Nivea have recently launched a new range of 3 hand creams that provide your hands with 24 hours of protective care so your hands feel super well cared for. Nivea Nourishing Care Hand Cream is the richest of the three, and contains almond oil to intensively nourish your hands for up to 24 hours. The Anti-Age Care Q10 Hand Cream contains Q10, and UV filter, to help prevent wrinkles and UV induced age spots. The formula is lighter in consistency, yet still highly moisturising. Rounding out the collection, Smoothcare Hand Cream (also a lighter consistency), contains shea butter to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, and keep your hands and cuticles soft and smooth all day long. The soft, easy squeeze bottles are great for older hands to use, and the handy economical size means you can apply throughout the day. 100ml each, RRP $6.95 each.
OPI Pro Spa Protective Hand & Nail Cream
OPI Protective Hand, Nail & Cuticle Cream is a freshly scented, ultra nourishing hand cream that instantly hydrates your tired, dry hands. Specially formulated with cupuacu, white tea, and peptides, this luxuriously hydrating cream helps protect your hands against free radicals, and environmental damage. It also keeps your nails and cuticles nourished and in tip top condition (and ready for an OPI manicure?). Available in two sizes – handbag friendly 50ml RRP $19.95 and larger 118ml RRP $29.95.
Jurlique Rose Hand Cream & Nail and Cuticle Treatment
With the benefits of natural organically grown oils, Jurlique Rose Hand Cream is a lightweight, yet rich hand cream that leaves your hands feeling soft and supple, and delicately scented with rose. The cream is a rich hydrating formula that leaves no sticky residue. It contains organic extracts of daisy and echinacea as well as rose, chamomile, marshmallow and calendula to protect your hands. Available in handbag sized 40ml RRP $29.00, and larger 125ml RRP $59.00. Give rough, dry nails and cuticles a boost with Jurlique Nail and Cuticle Treatment. This indulgent treatment oil deeply nourishes and conditions for healthy nails and cuticles. Rosemary and horsetail extracts help strengthen dry brittle nails, while the carrot root and calendula extracts soothe cracked cuticles. Almond and macadamia oils intensely hydrate and restore moisture. 10ml RRP $28.00.
Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream
With over 98% natural ingredients, and a lovely soft scent, you can defy dry hands with this exceptional hand cream that contains baobab oil to help moisturise, watermelon seed oil to nourish and natural fruit acid complex to gently exfoliate. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, so the only thing you’re left with are amazingly soft, absolutely smooth hands. Containing no added fragrance, dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, it’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. 90g RRP $24.95.
Dr Le Winn’s Essentials Hand & Nail Cream
Skincare experts Dr Le Winn’s Essentials Hand & Nail Cream is rich in pure Aloe and multi-vitamins, to nourish and hydrate super dry hands that have been exposed to harsh detergents and chemicals, or immersed in water (think washing up, clothes washing, gardening etc), so it’s just perfect for hands that have seen a bit of wear and tear. This fast absorbing and multi-purpose hand and nail cream works like an invisible glove, leaving your hands nourished and hydrated. 100g RRP $19.95.
Bioderma Atoderm Mains Hand and Nail Cream
For those of us with sensitive skin, this product is fabulous. Formulated for dry and damaged hands, Atoderm Hand Cream ensures instant comfort and long-lasting nourishment. Its silky texture and subtle fragrance relieves and hydrates your skin with every application. The formula is hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate sensntive skin Purse friendly size 50ml RRP $15.99.
QV Hand Cream SPF 15
If you are concerned with ageing hands, or are out in the sun a lot, Australian cult brand QV has a hand cream with SPF 15, to offer UV protection when outdoors. The non-greasy cream works to hydrate the hands, nails and cuticles while helping to prevent premature ageing of your hands. The formula contains glycerin to hydrate, cetearyl alcohol to reduce water loss and liquid paraffins to soften dry skin. It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. Handy purse sized 50g RRP $6.05.
Revitanail Hand & Nail Cream
Hand and nail experts Revitanail have a wonderful hand & nail cream that provides intense nourishment and moisture to dry, dehydrated hands and nails. It helps to improve and maintain skin texture and tone, and absorbs quickly into your hands and nails. Aloe barbadensis leaf juice and green tea extract help sooth your skin while calcium, avocado oil and pearl extract nourish your nails and improve their appearance. The formula contains multi-vitamins with antioxidants to help rejuvenate your hands. 100g RRP $19.95.
A’kin Replenishing Hand Cream
A’kin Replenishing Hand Cream is a silky-smooth, rapidly-absorbed hand creme. It contains vitamins E and B5, moisturising shea butter and Australian cold pressed jojoba oil in a hydrating formula that nourishes hands, nails and cuticles for long lasting hydration, leaving hands feeling soft, supple and youthful looking. Massage into your hands whenever required, paying particular attention to the cuticle area, for maximum benefit. 75ml RRP $19.95.
June Jacobs Rapid Repair Healing Cream
If your hands are really dry and sore, then this multi-purpose cream is wonderful. The concentrated formula provides moisture to hands (and other dry areas) for up to 24 hours. A special blend of edelweiss extract and imperatoria extract help to protect hands from extreme dryness, and calm inflammation caused by extra dry skin. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, and oleic and linoleic acids help improve skin texture for smoother, more youthful looking hands. Travel sized 47ml RRP $46.00, and 112ml RRP $92.00.
Sukin Hand & Nail Cream
Australian made Sukin Hand & Nail Cream is a non-greasy, moisture-rich formula that combines hydrolysed soy protein to strengthen nails with aloe vera and vitamin E to soothe the hands. The paraben, sulphate and mineral oil free formula is suitable for all skin types and ideal for use in manicures or pedicures. The Hand & Nail Cream is 100% vegan, and not tested on animals. Available in a handy tube (pictured) or pump pack. 125ml each. RRP $10.95 each.
DU’IT Tough Hands for Him
It’s not only women who have to look after their hands. Many men suffer from dry, cracked hands, due to working outdoors, working with harsh chemicals, or even just spending time on outdoor activities such as gardening and playing sport. DU’IT Tough Hands for Him is especially designed for men, with the repairing cream working to repair cracks, replace essential oils, and form a protective barrier around hands to seal in moisture, and prevent moisture loss. 150g RRP $11.95.