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Give them a Hand!
We had such an interesting selection of hand creams entered into the FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2013, that we thought we’d do a round-up of the top five performers – with a selection of our testers’ comments.
Here they all are, complete with their judging numbers!
Aedos Hand & Body Balm (Italian bergamot and grapefruit) (£9, 45g) – shortlisted
Testers’ Comments: “I loved the fragrance. It smelt of citrus fruit as expected but was not overpowering. Reduced the papery look to my hands and skin felt less rough and itchy… Gave my skin and nice sheen and cleared up dry skin… It definitely helped the dry patches between my fingers – I saw a huge improvement… The packaging was beautiful and the ingredients clearly listed. Given the quality of the ingredients I felt it was good value for money… has a thick buttery consistency and it melted into my skin… Within 12 hours of use the cracks and red inflamed look of my knuckles had disappeared completely. I am extremely impressed with this balm… amazed at the results, absolutely delighted… packs a truly powerful punch – what a winner!”
Blend Collective Unwinding Hand Cream (£12.50, 75ml) – silver medallist
Testers’ comments: “My hands did feel very much softer and more moisturised… my hands had been extremely dry, red and itchy due to the bad weather and this cream definitely improved the condition of my skin… I like the packaging a lot, it looks expensive and special, if you were giving it as a present… I like it a lot… Dry patches are gone, leaving my hands feeling soft, smoothly, and silky… Smells really expensive, like a spa treatment … I’m a fan of green, woody smells so the cedarwood and sandalwood were a great touch … I’ve not seen a hand cream with this kind of twist top. It worked really well, helping to ensure I didn't use too much and minimising mess (very important for something that's in my handbag...)… I will definitely be buying it!”
Conscious Skincare Soothing Hand Cream (£14.99, 50ml) – shortlisted
Elixirs of Life Gardeners Life Hand Cream (£8.99, 60ml) – bronze medallist
Testers’ Comments: “After using this product several times the dry skin on my fingers reduced and the itching decreased too. Overall my hands felt softer. This product delivered exactly what it promised … Rich barrier cream without a greasy finish. Really easy to rub in quickly and a small amount went a long way. My skin felt instantly rehydrated and smooth. The appearance also improved, giving a more youthful dewy finish to my skin. This was beautiful. A really organic fragrance that wasn’t too feminine or overpowering … . You could smell aromatic tones of the essential oils. My nails were less flaky and become much stronger. The skin around the nail and the cuticicle also appeared improved… Gentle, but incredibly effective.”
Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Hand & Nail Cream (£4.25, 75ml) – silver medallist
Testers’ Comments: “The consistency was rich and creamy and was very easily absorbed. My hands felt very soft after using it for the first time. The smell was gorgeous … I found that with regular use my hands became soft and smooth – just as they were when I first put on the cream … One of the nicest handcreams I have used… Wonderful value for money and an attractive tube … I think the addition of the geranium added something a little different to the fragrance … It smoothed and calmed dry and irritated patches of skin. Improved skin around the nails/cuticles by making it more moisturised … Gorgeous lavender scent … Great for having in handbag … Totally delivers on what it promises.”