I don’t know about you but as I get older the quest for soft hands and nails seems to be getting harder. Between baby bottles and a bit of ezcema/psoriasis my hands are quite dry and a little bit worse for wear most of the time, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I always seem to need a very strong hand cream to make them look any way presentable.
The problem with strong handcreams as I like to call them ( you know the kind – unperfumed medicated thicker creams you might pick up in the chemist) is that they often don’t feel luxurious. I love skin care, and body creams in general and because of that I want products to feel like a little bit of a treat, an indulgence.
I like something with a little bit of a smell, as well as that nice feeling that your hands have been soaked in something comforting and rejuvenating. Surprisingly it’s not so easy to find that even in a market that is awash with all sorts of hand creams and lotions.
A few weeks ago my husband and I were out shopping when I stopped to try on some of the Clarins Mandarin leaf scented Hand and Nail Treatment cream at a counter. As someone with a bit of a hand cream addiction I wanted to try before buying so I lathered some on and walked away without picking it up that day.
In the time that lapsed between us leaving the shop and getting into the car I was hooked. The citrusy plant based aroma, as well as a gorgeous instant deep soakage (without the greasiness) meant that it was a pretty perfect buy for me.
Autumn ready hands and nails
The creams are mini 30ml tubes and come in different citrus scents, the bad news is that they are limited edition and when I went to buy more in Arnotts last week they didn’t have any in stock. The good news is that when I read a little bit about them I found out that they are just a perfumed variant of the original Clarins Hand and Nail treatment which has been around forever and is available as a constant staple from Clarins counters.
Although it’s not a budget product, this is an absolute star buy – genuinley a joy to use.
Since I’ve started using it my hands are generally softer and my nails seems less jagged. Clarins Hand and Nail treatment is available at Clarins counters nationwide.
PS. If you’re lucky enough to come across the citrus mini special editions pick them up, you won’t be disappointed.