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27.2.13

Hand S.O.S | Hand Creams - Reviewed

We all have a few habits and interests here and there, that our Mammy (or Daddy) has passed down to us over the years. My Mum has always looked after her hands and nails; I can't remember a time where I haven't seen a tube of hand cream of hers in the house somewhere. I've been using hand cream for years and years, and it's something I've always got a huge supply of! I keep a tube by my desk, by my bed, in my bag, in my travel bag - everywhere! I was sent out these guys above to review over the last few months, so I was stocked up for the cool weather. The Winter takes a lot out of our skin, especially our hands, so I thought you all would be interested in reading a review on some current favourites. I have hyperlinked all of the hand cream names below, so they're all available to buy online.

Vichy NutriExtra (€6)*: This hand cream from Vichy was officially launched this month in pharmacies nationwide, and I have actually grown an attachment to it over the last few weeks. For a start, the price is fantastic - especially from a skincare brand that not everyone can afford to buy products from. It smells absolutely beautiful; feminine and light. It deeply conditions the hands and claims that one application of the cream, equals protection for 24 hours. My favourite thing about NutriExtra is that it isn't greasy at ALL. I can type properly, use my phone - it doesn't get in the way of hand-orientated tasks, that other creams can. I really, really adore this hand cream and it's my favourite out of the four. It also works well at conditioning my tattoos, and doesn't irritate the skin at all.

Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream(£14.50/ around €20): This hand cream from Balance Me contains 98.8% natural origin; it's free from all of the nasties such as parabens, sulphates and petroleum. I was dying to try this, as I've been really impressed with some Balance Me products I've tried in the past. However, I was left feeling slightly disappointed! This hand cream moisturises your hands brilliantly, and keeps them moisturised for hours. However, it makes your hands unbelievably greasy and slippery. It really gets in the way of a lot of things after using it, so I've resorted to only using it on my hands before I go to bed. I wake up with soft and silky hands every morning, so it's brilliant for nighttime nourishment. It smells medicinal, which doesn't bother me too much but I know it would irritate a bunch of people. If you suffer from extremely dry and sensitive hands, I'd recommend this as it does deeply condition the skin. For the price, I personally wouldn't go buying it myself after I finish this tube, as its greasiness just doesn't suit me well at all.

Human+Kind Hand + Elbow + Foot Cream* (€7.95): There's nothing better than reading "Made in Ireland" on a beauty product, for me. It makes something that little bit more special to me, so I was thrilled to received this Human+Kind cream a while back. I have about 10% of the tube left, as it has been my savior for the last few months. I adore the packaging for a start, it's so funky and cute. The cream itself can be used on your hands, elbows and feet - although I use it mostly on my hands. It's all natural, it smells like lavender and it's just bloody brilliant! My hands always feel soft and soothed after use, and the lavender scent stays on them for a while. I know for a fact I'll be repurchasing this, and will be checking out other products from Human+Kind. I love discovering new "Holy Grail" products, especially when they're Irish-made. Human+ Kind are stocked all over Ireland, for all full list of stockists click here. 10/10!

Soap & Glory Hand Food* (around €4 for the travel size): I received this travel-sized Hand Food in a Soap & Glory set, around Christmas time. Out of the 4, it was the only one I had used before. It's one of my go-to hand creams, and has been since Soap & Glory was introduced to Ireland a few years ago. I've always opted for buying the travel-sized tubes, rather than the large ones as they're easier to throw into your bag and so on. Hand Food smells like Soap & Glory's instantly recognisable Miss Dior Cherie-esque scent. It's a treat to use; it's non-greasy, it's conditions the hands well and the cream sinks in within a minute or two. It's a handbag essential for me, and will continue to be. Hand Food is also available in a pump now; which is so handy to pop on your desk or beside the kitchen sink!

What's your favourite hand cream? Have you tried any of the above?