Protect your mitts from the cold with these handy creams
I find them all over the place – in my handbags, tucked away in desk drawers and, of course, positioned conveniently beside the sink. I blithely ignore the tubes and bottles of hand cream cluttering up my life – most of the time – and then hope against hope that a half-hearted slathering of cream will keep my hands looking good. But the recent spell of cold weather has left me with reddened, chapped skin that's demanding some TLC. Thankfully these creams will definitely help.
Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream for Hands, €9.66
My hands really hate the cold, turning white and then red at the slightest dip in temperature. Sometimes I fancy I can actually see them ageing. But a slick of this soothing cream definitely revived them. Afterwards they felt soft and hydrated, and definitely looked a lot better too. Available in a convenient handbag size.
Vichy Essentielles Repairing Hand Cream, €4.90
If you don't take care of them, your hands can age you a lot faster than your face. Knock a few years off by regularly applying some of this nourishing formulation. It boasts a seriously impressive ingredient list including soothing rose gallica, hydrating glycerin and, of course, Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, €22.95
It feels oh-so-luxurious and this rich, thick cream is particularly good for those with very dry skin. It sinks into hands nice and quickly, leaving them well moisturised and, thankfully, not at all greasy. Expensive but certainly a good pay-day treat.
Phyt's Hand Cream, €26.50 (see www.phytsireland.ie for stockist details)
This is an intensely effective cream composed of lemon (an anti-pigmentation treatment), strengthening vitamin E (it's particularly good for nails) and nourishing hazelnut oil. Recommended.
Human+Kind All-In-One Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream, €7.95
Now this is a serious multi-tasker! Normally a foot cream needs to be a reasonably thick formulation to make any impact on your tootsies. Although this all-natural lotion has quite a light texture, it is very soothing, especially on feet that are just about getting used to their new year's resolution to get outside and go jogging. And while elbows and their dry scaly skin are currently hidden under many layers, remember that's just a temporary situation (thank God) so don't ignore them either.
THIS WEEK. . .
Q If you only buy one thing this week, make it Clinique's Cream Shaper for Eyes in Chocolate Lustre (€17). This beautiful rich opaque shade goes on smoothly (its lovely creamy consistency means no tugging, thankfully), lasts all day and has just the right amount of shimmer. Sometimes brown can be a bit drab, but this warm colour is oh-so-flattering.Q This week, I'm banishing dark circles with Benefit's hard-working Perk-Up Artist (€34.50). I'm bringing a little colour (not to mention sparkle) into my life with Maybelline's Eye Studio Colour Explosion duo in Green/Gold (€9) and I'm adding a flirty frisson to my lashes with Lancôme's Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara in deepest, darkest black (€27.95).