I'm sure I'm not the only one, but as soon as the temperatures dropped, my cuticles started splitting and my skin started cracking. The effects of working with my hands, and a youth of not wearing gloves started to show. As I get older, I'm realizing that not only am I not producing any natural moisture, but I'm also having a harder time retaining any moisture. The time had come for me to get serious and to graduate from using body lotion to moisture my hands (or leftover face cream), and to invest in some honest to goodness hand cream.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have noticed that I've recently dove back into the world of makeup and beauty, and am having way too much fun playing around with new and new-to-me products. After trying a multitude of different hand creams, here are my favorites:
The Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Treatment is my absolute favorite. As someone who is always using their hands, the greasiness of the typical hand cream made me cringe. I would usually apply and then promptly wash off. But this cream is very lightly scented, rich enough to moisturize but light enough to be absorbed quickly and leaves a velvety feel, not greasy.
Aesop's Resurrection Hand Balm is a close second. The formulation is a little thinner, and absorbs very quickly. It moisturizes almost as well as Jo Malone's, but not quite. It is still incredibly lovely and a thousand times better than anything else I tried. The scent is a bit stronger, but is fresh and fades fairly quickly.
And for those especially dry days, my night routine has been to rub Tatcha's Camellia Beauty Oil into my cuticles, and then apply the Jo Malone over it.
The oil has been an absolute dream. I wake up to cuticles that aren't in pain, and hands that are ready for a new day.