Dry Hands? Here’s The Best Hand Creams, From Drugstore Brands to Luxury SkincareBetween hand-washing, sanitizers, and lots of cleaning, your hands might be coming up dry. Give your hands some TLC with these hand creams.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories, whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Washing your hands is an absolute must, all day, everyday, but with the current times, it’s even more crucial. If we were averaging 3 or so hand washes a day, we might be up to 8-10x now! With the rise of the Corona Virus, we've been reaching for the strongest soaps, sanitizers and wipes we can find. But the cost of keeping germ-free has left us with pretty dry, irritated hands. Queue nourishing hand creams—the perfect remedy to soothe and deliver intense moisture to our pruny, but very clean, hands. We've put together a list of handy creams ranging from drug store favorites to some more indulgent skincare products to tide us through these trying times—because even when things get tough, we can still find joy in the little things.Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream
BURT’S BEESAlmond & Milk Hand CreamBurt’s Bees stays true to form with this 99% natural formula. Made with sweet almond oil and plenty of vitamin E, it gives you that much needed dose of moisture and nourishes your hands back to life. With the addition of beeswax, all that moisture is locked in for longer and delivers extra smooth hands. This cream works great for those pesky dry spots on your elbows, feet and knees too!L’occitane Shea Butter Intesive Hand Balm
L'OCCITANEShea Butter Intensive Hand BalmThe quintessential hand cream brand, L’occitane harnesses the power of ultra-rich shea butter to really nourish and soften your hands. These purse-friendly tubes are perfect for when you leave the house. Their formula literally melts into your hand and helps soothe any itches or flakey skin. Use it daily, and you’ll find it forms a protective layer on your hands that prevents them from drying out easily.Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand CremeSilky smooth and super absorbent, Eucerin is a dermatologist-recommended brand that really comes through on repairing dry skin. Made to bring relief to those with eczema, this advanced creme not only repairs but increases cell turnover to give you younger-looking hands. It gently exfoliates with each application to help you smooth out any rough patches on your palm and fingers. Great if you’re looking for a non-greasy hand creme that actively works to lock in the moisture.Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
CAUDALIEHand and Nail CreamThis vegan hand and nail cream delivers antioxidants on top of its nourishing properties. It’s lightweight and leaves you with silky-textured hands and a delicate perfume. Made with organic fair trade shea butter, its concentrated moisture active ingredients work to provide lasting comfort and relieve any tightness brought about by washing your hands often.AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion
AmlactinDaily Moisturizing Body LotionGet more bang for your buck with this daily body lotion! Designed to moisturize your whole body profoundly, it does a hell of a job on your hands too. With its super gently exfoliation, it boosts your skin’s natural renewal process, keeping a youthful look at your fingertips. With the addition of lactic acid, it actively increases water absorption and moisture retention, preventing your hands from getting dry in the long run. Super creamy and restorative, this one’s a no brainer if you find yourself with dry skin on your hands, feet, arms and body.
KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
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Kiehl'sUltimate Strength Hand SalveBringing out the big guns, this Kiehl’s formula is favored by those who experience a lot of wear and tear on their hands, whether that be extreme weather or manual labor. Its blend of botanicals and olive oil extracts instantly soothe weary hands, conditioning them and smoothing out uneven textures. It forms a thin film around the skin, allowing your hands to draw moisture from the air, and preventing any water loss.Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Hand Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
NeutrogenaHydro Boost Hand Gel CreamThirsty hands will love this gel for its barely-there feel and non-greasy application. Said to keep your hands hydrated for up to 24 hours, this cream uses a hint of hyaluronic acid to boost skin cell hydration and then keep it locked in. You’ll notice softer hands with a few uses as to works to maintain an optimal moisture balance in your skin.Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand LotionFreshly scented with citrus, fruits and amber wood, this Jo Malone hand lotion not only hydrates fast but will leave you fingers and palms with a subtle but alluring scent. Infused with coconut oil, this lotion sinks in quickly and leave your skin feeling like velvet. You’ll find the smell diffusing throughout the day, almost like a light perfume. Ideal for daily use and moderately dry hands.Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Hand CreamPacked with collagen and shea butter, this lightweight lotion delivers fast-acting and lasting hydration. If you’re looking to brighten and improve any dark spots on top of that, this cream is the one for you! Enriched with Vitamins E and C, it evens out your skin tone over time, and its active vegan collagen strengthens’ your hand's elasticity. Giving your hands an all-round more youthful appearance and baby soft feel.Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream This thicker formula is ideal for those who need a little extra care. Made up of a blend of oatmeal extracts, this natural source of hydration maintains your skin’s moisture barrier and protects it. It even lasts through washing your hands and brings intense relief for 24 hours. Primed to restore cracked hands, it absorbs instantly leaving them smooth and supple.Have you tried any of these hand creams? Did you find one that knocks these out of the park? Check out more beauty reviews on Cherie to discover the best of beauty and add your voice to our community! Download the app to find out more.
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Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, imparting bounce and firmness. But collagen can be broken down by free radicals (hello, oxidizing fragrance/volatile essential oil compounds), smoking, UV rays, and age. Age contributes to collagen loss also because your body makes less collagen peptides after some time in your 20s. Topical collagen-containing products don’t work, as collagen molecules are too big to pass through the epidermis. Instead, use peptides to help it act younger and make more collagen! Peptides (also made up of amino acids) are small enough to get to the dermis where collagen is made. In response, skin should start making more peptides to form more collagen. Copper peptides are considered particularly beneficial, though the main benefit over normal peptides is their wound healing capability, making them wonderful for those with acne, on top of their anti-aging benefit. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer contains 9 varieties of peptides, including copper peptides, as well as a variety of amino acids, fatty acids, and humectants. I love this gel-cream, it’s wonderful as a multifaceted moisturizer that is light enough for oily skin and helps fight signs of aging. PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster contains 8 peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, and a variety of humectants. No copper peptides, instead incorporating a variety of antioxidants, helping to contribute to the calmness of skin and prevent free radical-induced breakdown of collagen. An amazing anti-aging serum with a texture that sits between creamy and silky, sinking in quickly and giving my skin quite a bit of plumpness. This would be the best of the bunch for a multifaceted anti-aging peptide product. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% contains seven peptides -one of which is a copper peptide- plus a variety of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. It’s a simple yet effective serum that is a bit tacky and smells of metal, but the results are worth it. Applying it to a scab/large acne lesion nightly speeds along its healing noticeably- plus I see less hyperpigmentation develop afterwards. I can’t recommend this enough as a budget-friendly entry into peptide serums!
Toner, Peel, Serum, Mask? Four Ways to AHA
What is AHA? Alpha hydroxy acids gently removes dead skin cells, encouraging the regeneration of new skin. It is know for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation, minimize pores and brighten skin. So how is that different from Glycolic Acid? Glycolic acid is actually a type of AHA! Known to be the “smallest”, most researched and gentlest AHA, glycolic acid does all of the aforementioned things and also acts as a humectant, leaving us with smoother, plumper skin. AHA vs BHA? So some of the products I’ll mention contain both AHA and BHA. BHA, particularly salicylic acid, is great for reducing acne but can be drying. BHA has better penetration into pores due it its affinity to oily sebum. That’s why they say BHAs are better for oily skin! How should I incorporate AHA/Glycolic Acid into my skincare routine? Whichever way you choose! Some prefer it in their daily routine whereas others prefer it 2-3x a week- the products mentioned below allow you different options. 1. AHA as a toner. The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution When: Everyday if you want, AM or PM toning step. Price: $8.70 for 8oz Comments: I personally wouldn’t use this everyday especially if you have a broken skin barrier (it stings!) but it leaves me so hydrated and clean the next morning. Paired with a hydrating night serum, I’ve noticed a huge decrease in pore size and bumpy irregularities on my face. 2. AHA as a night cream/peel. VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel When: 2-3 nights per week in my moisturizing step. Price: $9.99 for 0.5 oz Comments: If you have super sensitive skin, this one is for you. This acts as a lotion and has been the mildest form of glycolic acid I’ve seen. I don’t notice as drastic of a glow as TO’s toner or Good Molecules’s Overnight, but it works. Another con is the price...$10 for only 0.5oz allows for only 6-7 uses before repurchasing, whereas I’ve had that 8oz toner for almost a year with plenty left! 3. AHA as a night serum/sleeping mask. GOOD MOLECULES - Overnight Exfoliating Treatment When: 2-3 nights per week in my serum step. Price: $6 for 1 Oz Comments: this is my absolute favorite way of getting my AHA for only $6. I use only 4-5 drops as a “serum” in my regular night routine (see my old post). I would minimize using too many other acids with it! Creates a delicious glow in the AM, this mask also minimizes pores. It is not drying even though it contains BHAs! Would recommend for those who are dry, blackhead, and acne-prone. 4. AHA as a wash-off mask. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution When: 1-2 nights a week for 10 min before rinsing off. Price: $7.20 for 1 Oz Comments: This product is hyped and I’m not too sure why. It works as a wash-off mask but it’s drying (bc of BHAs). I would only recommend if you want to add a mask without changing your existing routine.
Colourpop Velvet LUX vs Ultra Blotted Lip
COLOURPOP - Lux Velvet Liquid Lipstick Collection I currently own the colors Puddin’ (burnt red orange) and Room Service (warm terra-cotta) and I’m loving them both as wearable everyday lip colors for warm undertones! The formula is mousse-y which I love, is not drying, feels like I’m wearing a balm when I press my lips together but doesn’t not transfer. The formula doesn’t last forever like a traditional liquid lip but stays on longer than other velvet lip formulas I’ve used. I am able to add many layers without any problems at all! COLOURPOP - Ultra Blotted Lip I’ve heard great things about the blotted lip and the formula indeed creates an “ombré” look on the lip. The formula dries much quicker than the LUX and does not transfer. Unlike the Velvet LUX, it’s not as comfortable rubbing my lips together. I do love the color I got (sleepy eyes), as it is one of the few rose nudes that work well on my warm undertone! However, I am not loving the fact that if I add two layers for a bolder look, the formula will pill on top of each other and looks streaky. I’d say the blotted lip is more of a lip stain, serving as a one layer wonder. Cheers to 💄
How I Treated My Hormonal Acne
I struggled with hormonal pustule acne for a long time, as well as pustules and whiteheads from oil overproduction. It was moderate to severe, covering my left and right cheeks. Three specific products helped to reduce my breakouts in frequency, coverage, redness, and the level of pain associated with the inflammation. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster is amazing. Just 4% Niacinamide has been shown by a couple studies to be as effective at reducing moderate acne as clindamycin- a topical antibiotic! I can attest to its acne fighting prowess, as I saw distinct reduction in not only the amount of acne I had, but also how intense it was- it was less painful and not nearly as red a few hours after application. Niacinamide normalizes pore lining and controls oil production so I saw immense improvement in whiteheads and pustules when using twice daily. But this prevented my oil-caused acne more than my hormonal acne, though it eased both. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum was the first product I used that gave me relief. I hadn’t known it, but my oil overproduction was largely in part from dehydrated skin. Since I used no moisturizer or serum, my skin produced extra oil after I cleansed. Incorporating B-Hydra replenished my skin with water, glycerin, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate (a form of HA), and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer. I saw quick reduction in the number of whiteheads I developed! Using it before applying an exfoliant helps prevent dryness associated with peels. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster should be in nearly ever acne arsenal. It is antimicrobial and anti inflammatory to help fight acne, plus it lightens dark spots dramatically in my experience. Applying this in the AM shrinks pustules by nighttime and makes the area around the blemish much less red. I find this gives the quickest acne-minimizing results of all the products I’ve used. When treating acne, always make sure to eliminate possible irritants such as fragrance and essential oils, as well as drying alcohol. Acne can be a sign of inflammation and using gentle products can ease the pain associated with (as well as the prevalence of) acne tremendously. As well, I always recommend salicylic acid for treating acne, but I wanted to highlight these specific products because they’re not mentioned as often and they played a huge role in my acne journey.
Your Skin But Better In A Bottle!
Here’s a little background on my skin. She’s a high maintenance b*tch that likes to suck my bank account dry. Boujee on a budget it? 75% of the time for her that’s not the case. I hate her for it. I can’t stand that my skin looks so PERFECT when I applied Pat McGraths skin fetish foundation because this little bottle cost me $68 plus tax!😵 It looks so amazing that I bought two bottles: shade 5 a light neutral undertone for when I’m fair in the winter and shade 14 a medium neutral undertone when I’m the most sun kisssd in the summer. With these two bottles I’m also able to customize my shade when I’m in between shades during the year. Now to be honest I don’t wear makeup everyday. 90% of the time I’m bare faced. I usually put in makeup if I’m going somewhere special such as an event, on a date, feeling creative or when I need to remind myself that I’m still that b*tch. So I’m actually okay with spending a little more on a nice foundation because I know it’ll last me a long time and if it’s worth it. So the question is..is it worth it? For me YES! I bought her toward the end of summer 2019 and it has served me well through the changing NYC weather and my ever adjusting skin. Whether my skin was really dry or slightly oily the foundation sat on my skin perfectly throughout the day. It’s a nice medium coverage foundation that can be built up or sheered out depending on the look you’re going for. 1/2 to 3/4 or a pump is enough for me to get a sheer/light natural coverage where it looks like my skin just the imperfections have been discreetly masked. To get full glam coverage I can get away with one and a half pumps then not even a beauty mark in my face will peak through! In my profile picture was the first time I used the foundation and I really sheered it out because it was a hot summer day. That day I got a little oily in my t zone but the foundation lasted all day. I don’t really blot or powder because I like the dewy look on myself but also I don’t because I’m lazy and I forget and most of the time at the end of the day I genuinely don’t care haha! In my last picture that I added in this post was when I was feeling creative and really used a heavy hand to apply the foundation. In that post I DID NOT PHOTOSHOP OR BLUR MY SKIN!!!! All I did was adjust the lighting in light room and added a filter to make the three images to blend better. But I couldn’t believe how airbrushed my face came out. The proof is in the pudding. I think it shows how far you can go with this foundation.
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