If you visit this blog, obviously you care about your skin on your face, but do you know that neck and hands are the next in showing signs of aging? Having a flawless face but wrinkly neck and hands is not a good look. My neck don’t need much moisturizer but I usually extend my cleansing, toning and serum step down to my chest whenever I can. As for hands, since you wash it several times a day (I hope), keeping it moisturized is very important. While I usually just use leftover face product or body lotion, I couldn’t resist all the cute hand creams available as I’m delve into Korean skincare. Sure, you can get L’occitane shea butter hand cream or Bliss hand cream in those bland boring tubes, but why do that when you can have this:
Ok fine, they are not quite as practical to carry in a purse due to size, but they would look so cute on a desk! Keep them on your desk to brighten up your day, gift them to kids/teenagers who have just started learning to take care of their skin, or the apple one at least is great for a small teacher’s gift. But is it all packaging? It’s true that some of them (TonyMoly Tangerine *cough*) are filled with silicone and cheap oil just like the $2 drugstore ones but with more expensive packaging. However! There are some with good ingredients worthy of substituting the high end ones.
THEFACESHOP Lovely Mix Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream – this is a lightweight cream with a mild powdery floral scent. It moisturizes well and sinks into the skin fast. Because it is lightweight, it won’t be enough if you have very dry hand or is looking for something for winter. The ingredients list does contain some shea butter, but it was listed behind silicone and other stuff. It’s more of a normal drugstore cream in pretty packaging
TonyMoly Apple Hand Cream – this is a great hand cream for normal use. It’s a rich cream that moisturizes well due to shea butter, but is very emollient so it doesn’t feel heavy or thick. It’s also got fruit extract to help soften and brighten (read: even out skin tone) the hand. It also smells just like a fresh apple, like if you take a bite out of a red apple and sniff it, this is what it smells like.
TonyMoly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream– I initially got it because I love panda, but it is actually comparable to L’occitane shea butter hand cream. Shea butter is the 2nd ingredient for this hand cream, and it feel just as thick as L’occitane with the same clean floral fresh scent. It feels like a thick body butter and does take a few seconds to sink in completely, so I like to use it mostly at night before bed. Do not worry about the brightening/whitening part, your hand will not be a shade lighter than your arm after using this (I guess it’s suppose to refer to prevent dark age spot or something? Otherwise I see/feel no whitening). There is also a face moisturizer from TonyMoly with the same packaging, but from the ingredients list it seems to be more of a drugstore quality, a fun basic moisturizer.
There are other variety of animals and fruit packaging for the hand cream from THEFACESHOP and TonyMoly. You can always buy it for the packaging and put your favorite cream in it after use, but if you are buying for the hand cream, different packaging contains different hand cream! I would recommend apple for normal use, and panda for really dry skin or winter. I don’t know why they keep going in and out of stock, but you can find these and many other cute ones on kollectionk, SokoGlam, UrbanOutfitter and Sephora.
While I took several pretty pictures of hand cream, the picture of the empties for this month is nowhere to be found and I’ve already took them to Origins for recycle by the time I put together this post, so, the speed review will be pictureless this time. =/ Continue reading Speed Review, August Edition. Don’t forget your hands!