In pursuit of the perfect hand cream

For a long time now I’ve been a frequent hand-washer.  This may be a small degree of OCD, or an occupationally learnt habit, or perhaps perfectly normal.  Since the arrival of Cal, this obsession with washing my hands has obviously increased – who fancies constant ‘nappy hands’, sticky milk fingers or lingering food remnants where my angel has decided he doesn’t want to eat something, with the only obvious place to put the half chewed mush being my hands!

I honestly think I’ve tried most hand creams on the market in my pursuit of silky skin.  The photo above shows only a small selection of those currently in my possession.  You’ll find various brands of hand cream in my locality – in each handbag I use, in every bathroom in our house, in my bedside drawers, in the kitchen, on my desk at work and in my car.  Whenever I visit a shop selling hand cream i’ll be sure to have a squeeze of the testers on display in hope that this may just be ‘the one’.

Is it possible that your skin gets used to a product, much like I’ve found with hair products?  There are many times I’ve tried a hand-cream and thought “this is it!” then a few weeks later my hands return to their itchy, dry and cracked state.  Maybe there isn’t just one hand-cream for me, maybe I really do need multiple brands for different occasions.  A bit like the right pair of shoes to suit the event.

I’d love to hear of any recommendations just in case there’s a brand I’m yet to try and get on with.  My current collection is starting to become tired and my hands are currently resembling an arid desert.

4 thoughts on “In pursuit of the perfect hand cream

  • May 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    My favourites are Handfood and l’occitane

    • May 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks. I’m using both of those at the moment. They’re good but not quite hitting the spot when my hands are really dry and worn. Still love them though

  • May 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Botanica herbal skin cream is amazing. Originally made for horses this cream can cure many skin complaints and reduces inflammation .
    Jonathan gets bad contact dermatitis from the mountain of products he uses during the fashion weeks and the changes in water from country to country.
    I got him some of this cream and the hand wash when I was at the Dublin horse show a few years ago. Now it’s part of his kit bag.
    You can get direct from the manufacture or any good saddlery shop.

    • May 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Wow! Sounds good. Might have to look into that one


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