Beauty buzz: hand cream
Your neck and hands can give your age away no matter how diligently you care for your face. And now that winter has set in, it's time for some serious pampering.
Erbaviva's hand cream (HK$240/75ml), like the Californian organic skincare brand's other products, is free of harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and other harmful additives. Anti-oxidant rosemary extract works with Commiphora Mukul to slow ageing (or so it is claimed) and rejuvenate the skin, while orange-blossom extract and essential oils add a refreshing scent to the formula and smooth the skin.
Mineral- and vitamin-rich melon extract is the key ingredient of Jurlique's Purely Age-Defying Hand Treatment (HK$415/100ml); in combination with Indian gooseberry, turmeric and soya bean extracts, marshmallow and organic sunflower oil, it offers protection from free radicals, increases elasticity and helps to hydrate skin. A "biodynamic blend" of black elder and licorice is said to be the brand's age-defying secret and is intended to reduce redness, discolouration and the appearance of age spots.
The Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve (HK$220/50ml) by Spa Ritual from Beverly Hills is made with more than 70 per cent certified organic ingredients and is free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, parabens and petrochemicals. Shea butter, honeybush, aloe ferox and marula oil provide nourishment and moisturise, while griffonia seed extract combats dry skin and shields it against environmental aggressors. Use it after applying the brand's Handprint Hand Serum (HK$480 for 30ml) for best results. The latter is formulated to deter ageing and contains ingredients such as Swiss apple stem cells, organic pumpkin seed and licorice root extracts.
Sulwhasoo's Essentrue Hand Cream (HK$300/100ml) is a concoction of five oils: pine nut, lotus fruit, camellia, prunus mume and apricot kernel. Besides locking in moisture and balancing the skin, they are said to make your hands appear younger as those natural ingredients enhance blood circulation and cell regeneration. An infusion of bamboo extract - a powerful antioxidant - serves to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also gives shine to your nails and prevents them from breaking.