On Monday I talked about what I think makes a good hand cream. Here are some of my winners:
Fast Absorbing Keri Lotion. Definitely not super moisturizing, but for those moments where you really need some hand cream but still want to be able to grip a doorknob, superb. Lightly scented.
Best Day Moisture:
Avon Vita Moist. Commonly available in a purse-sized tube for under a dollar. Nicely moisturizing without being overly greasy. The scent is reminiscent of sunscreen and other chemicals though. :P
Best Intensive Repair/Night Moisture:
Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive. This stuff is ridiculously heavy and thick but is the only thing that kept my hands going during the winter at a job where my hands are in the water all the time. Don't even try to use this during the day though, you'll be incapacitated for several minutes following application.
Now, how about some losers?
Leaves your hands feeling drier than before:
OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers. For some reason this stuff is so watery (probably it has to be since it's so watered down with colours and sparkles and fragrance) that it provides relief to hands, but cannot hold in moisture at all, so the light moisture it gives initially actually disappears.
Biggest waste of money:
Biosilk Silk Therapy 17 Miracle Leave-in Hair and Skin Conditioner. Spray some of this overpriced stuff on your hands (that's right, spray, because it's also a hair product, but this stuff is quite solid, like a hand lotion, and I wouldn't ever spray it directly on hair) and it seems to work really well. Then thirty seconds later you realize you need to apply more. And more. And your hands just get this really dry feeling all of a sudden. The only pro (because we have a bottle of this at work) is that because of the dry effect it's quite easy to put gloves on even right after application.
Reminiscent of applying white glue in your hands and rubbing until it rolls and peels off:
Avon Skin So Soft Soft&Sensual Replenishing Hand Cream. It smells like white glue and feels like it as well. I don't think I need to say any more.