Instant Favorite

It’s rare that after one day of use I am ready to swear by a product, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do.

Yesterday, after about a week of suffering through dry, itchy hands, I decided to go the store and try to find a decent hand cream. You see, the problem with my hands is that I use hand sanitizer all the time. And most hand sanitizers are full of alcohol which, in addition to making you smell as though you’ve just been on a bender, dries skin terribly.

So there I was, perusing the hand lotion section of my local grocery store, when my eyes fell on a bottle of Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer. Like other sanitizers, it kills 99.99% of germs, but it’s also a hand cream! Intrigued, I bought a bottle and gave it a try.

The itchy dryness by my wrists was instantly soothed, and the fresh scent was a much better alternative to essence of booze. I used it several times throughout the day, and my hands felt clean and soft. Plus, a tiny dab goes a long way.

So yes, in the course of a day this new hand cream has become the one I can’t live without. If you want hands that are soft and germ-free, get it.

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Eureka!

Ladies, I’ve done it. I found the perfect hand cream. It smells great, it’s thick and super moisturizing, and it doesn’t leave my hands greasy. My boyfriend even commented on how soft my hands were when I tried it. Eureka!

It happened last week, while on a birthday shopping trip with one of my girlfriends. We wandered into Bath & Body Works together, and I remembered that another friend (and loyal reader) had suggested I try Bath & Body Works Lay it on Thick to soothe my dry skin woes. I was drawn to a display of trial sized lotions, and decided to try a few.

Lay it on Thick was very moisturizing, with a neutral scent, but took a little longer to absorb than I expected. However, the tube of Shea Cashmere Hand Cream that I picked up proved to be  perfect.

It has a sweet scent that reminds me of hot chocolate, and the aroma lingers all day. The cream is rich and absorbs quickly, and leaves skin feeling uber soft and silky.

Simply perfect.

Pretty Hands, Part Two

Okay, so I’m still working on my goals of great skin and nice looking nails. It’s going pretty well. My hangnails are, for the most part, gone, and I only rarely catch myself gnawing on a nail. And my Clarins face wash is just delightful! It smells great, is extremely easy to use, and, unlike every other one-step cleanser I’ve tried, it doesn’t dry out my skin at all!

Now that my hands and nails are (mostly) mended, it’s time to step it up a notch and get them looking really good instead of not that bad. So I’ll be starting a weekly practice of performing the following at-home manicure, which I adapted from a version I read about in Allure Magazine about a decade ago.

1. Trim or file nails to desired length and shape.

2. Fill a sink/tub/bowl with warm water and a few drops of olive oil. Soak hands for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove hands and pat dry.

3. Massage a generous amount of hand cream all over hands, paying special attention to cuticles. Gently push back cuticles once they have been thoroughly moisturized.

4. Swipe nail polish remover over each nail.

5. Paint nails with desired polish!

Easy and effective. Slathering a gob of lotion on right after soaking your hands in the warm water/olive oil mixture helps seal in moisture. The nail polish remover will remove any excess lotion and oil from your nails so your polish will actually stick to your nails. And in a 10 to 15 minute period you can have soft and pretty hands!