Hand Creams: Comparison & Review

I have very dry hands and I love as well as try many hand creams. These are some current favorites, as well as some fails. Starting on the left is the Alpha-H Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream. Alpha-H is an Australian brand I get off of Cultbeauty.co.uk. The Alpha-H has 10% glycolic acid and is supposed to reduce age spots with this chemical exfoliation. It also has an essential oil blend of: orange blossom, rose, geranium, chamomile, lemon and rosewood. In addition: vitamin E, jojoba and avocado oils. This is a great night cream. It’s heavy, thick and lasts a while. It is a bit greasy which is why it’s good for night use. The greasiness goes away after about 5-10 minutes. It retails for about $31.26 for 100mL. I would caution using this on open skin or touching your eye after applying. I’ve done this, and it hurts 🙂

Next up is the Omorovicza Nourishing Hand Treatment. I love Omorovicza products in general. I did not want to spend the pricey amount on their hand cream so it took me a while to try it. I bought it recently with my Pengo Points, which is a reward system. I’m glad I did try it. The hand cream is thin enough to be a great day cream, yet adds enough moisture. It absorbs quickly, has a light scent, is not greasy and has great ingredients. The main ingredients are: Hungarian Thermal water, shea butter, squalane, Hungarian Thermal ferment extract, beeswax, vitamin C and apricot and plum seed extract. This has become my favorite texture even with the price. It retails for $70 for a 3.4 fl oz tube. I have tried La Mer’s The Hand Cream as well, it’s lovely, just a touch greasier and heavier than the Omorovicza. I prefer the Omorovicza after trying both due to the faster absorption.

Yes! Nurse Hand Cream was developed by a UK nurse. I get it off of Cultbeauty. This is my current purse hand cream. It’s the perfect size for a purse and retails for just over $7 for 50 mL. It’s main ingredients are: water, glycerin, manuka honey, vitamin B5, sweet almond, passionflower, pomegranate and wheat germ oil, vitamin E, willow bark extract, citric acid and aloe. The cream has a light to medium texture and is moisturizing, however it’s slightly sticky(not greasy) for a while after applying. The tackiness goes away after about 5 minutes. The manuka honey is nice as it has some antibacterial properties in a purse hand cream, which I like. Plus as a nurse I like that another nurse made it.

The 80 Acres Hand & Body Lotion I got off of Beautyhabit. This scent is blood orange. It’s a 2.5 fl oz tube and I know I got it on clearance to meet a shipping minimum, otherwise I never would have tried it. It’s light in texture, somewhat greasy but not sticky. It takes about 5 minutes for the greasiness to go away. I don’t think I would buy it again as I have others I like more, it goes into the OK category.

I also bought the SpaceNK Mandarin Tea Hand Lotion on clearance as well. It’s the most fluid and thin of the bunch. It’s thin, slightly greasy and in a large 300mL bottle. I wouldn’t buy it again again as I just have other favorites, it’s in the just OK category.

The Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream was one I tried for day that has sunscreen. It’s thick, and a bit greasy. It doesn’t absorb quickly and for a day cream that was why I didn’t like this one so much. It’s moisturizing, just too much for day. It retails for $29.50 for a 2.5 fl oz tube. It’s an OK cream, but it’s not great.

I have tried several Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams. They are thicker, moisturizing, and are great night creams. They can be a touch greasy for a bit, but they do last. I was using the La Source version as my night cream until I decided to try the Alpha-H one instead. I would rebuy it as it’s a great hand cream. It’s not the best for day use unless you don’t need to use your hands right away after applying. The greasiness goes away after about 5-10 minutes. It’s also a fairly cheap cream for the $30 price  for 8.8 oz pump. The main ingredients are: macadamia nut oil, shea butter, seaweed and algae extracts, vitamin E and Myrrh extract.

L to R in same order as pictures above:

I’m sure I will keep trying new hand creams as it’s such an essential skincare item for me. As a nurse I wash my hands a ton, plus I currently don’t have a dishwasher so I do 1-2 loads of hand dishes everyday. I definitely have some dry hands. I don’t have any current hand cream major wants right now. It’s more when I see a new one I want to try I buy it. I had used L’Occitane for probably 10 years and it’s a great night cream. It’s heavy, moisturizing, yet a bit greasy for day. I’ve been trying some new hand creams this year getting away from the L’Occitane to see what’s out there.

These are the few I have left to try which I got as gifts etc. recently.

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