Ace hand creams to keep at your office desk
Hands up if you've been good in 2018? Here's hoping you've been practicing good habits as we careen into the last quarter of the year. We're talking about removing your makeup before bed, drinking as much water as you can, eating your greens and using your sunscreen diligently. Another easy way to be extra good? Use your hand cream every day. If you love taking #showmeyourrings selfies or even posing with a morning cuppa, make sure your mitts are in tip top condition by regularly applying a hand cream or balm.
There's nothing like dry, weathered looking hands to bring down the aspirational factor in your Instagram posts. The best way to remember this oft-missed detail is to keep a tube or bottle on your desk or in your drawer and try re-applying every day after lunch. Frequent hand washing and harsh soap tends to dry out skin, so your hands will need TLC to age as gracefully as the rest of you.
IF YOU WANT A CHIC ACCESSORY
Try: Chanel Le Crème Main Riche, $86
Chanel recently launched a richer version of its hand cream — that comes in a signature egg shape that's both cute and and handy. This rich and velvety balm is perfect for the winter, and looks almost like an objet d'art from the fashion house.
IF YOU NEED A PICK-ME-UP
Try: Philosophy Hands of Hope, $15 each
We give TLC to everyone around us and constantly make sure that our phone batteries are charged. But how about making sure that our spirits and bodies are recharged. This fan favourite hand cream now comes in five, delightful new scents including Brazilian Hibiscus, Green Tea & Avocado and Fig & Pomegranate (below), that invite you to take a minute — or ten — to yourself.
IF YOU ADORE SOOTHING FLORALS
Try: Jurlique Rose Hand Cream
Go on. Apply this and take a deep, deep breath. The relaxing scent of rose will instantly calm and soothe you. Whip this out not just on frazzled days at the office, but on long commutes. Bonus: The antioxidant formula and rich texture will nourish your mitts and keep them looking younger and smoother for longer.
IF YOU HAVE SUPER DRY SKIN
Try: L'Occitane Very Dry Skin Intensive Hand Balm, $46
With a 25 per cent shea butter concentration, this cult favourite from L'Occitane is especially great in cold climes or wintry, office air-conditioning.
IF YOU LOVE LUXURY EVERYTHING
Try: Byredo Suede Hand and Nail Cream, $90 for 100ml, at Escentials
Yes, you'll pay a pretty sum, but with the minimalist, typography-driven packaging and the light yet nourishing texture, it's worth every penny. This one has notes of fresh aldehydes, pear, violet, amber and musks. Want to be even more indulgent? Buy this exquisite Byredo Hand Cream squeezer and place it on your desk to signal that you're someone who appreciates details and is not to be trifled with.
IF YOU ADORE AROMATHERAPY SCENTS
Try: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, from $37
We looove the sublime scent of this rich, but not too goopy hand cream. Whip it out not only in your office, but mid-flight, to soothe and calm frazzled nerves and to get rid of any lingering, bad smells. The instant hydrating effect on your hands is just the bonus.
IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN
Try: Murphy & Daughters Just Rub It In Hand Cream in Cold Pressed Lime, Mint & Violet Leaf, $21, from The Beauty Candy Apothecary
Gorgeous packaging aside, this small Australian brand makes sure only the good stuff goes into its products. Enriched with aloe vera, shea butter and macademia seed oil, this is paraben-free and suitable for sensitive skin as well, but comes at a very affordable price point.
IF THE PACKAGING IS EVERYTHING TO YOU
Try: Buly 1803 Pommade Concrète Balm, US$37.34
We were captivated by the illustrations and graphic packaging of this traditional, French apothecary brand. This moisturising balm is enriched with chamomile water and shea butter — a mainstay in many hand creams — and is good for use on your hands and feet.