[dropcap]E[/dropcap]lemis is a leading luxury spa and skincare brand whose products are available through an elite network of over 1200 spas and salons around the world and available to buy online. The innovative company are constantly evolving and searching for new, exciting brands to bring to their customers and in February 2012, they debuted their latest product: the Elemis Pro-radiance Hand and Nail Cream.
Finding a good hand cream is like searching for the winning lottery numbers; there are lots of combinations that can make it a success and finding the right ones are what make it a winner. They have indeed found the key ingredients to produce a nourishing and invigorating creation with the Elemis Pro-radiance Hand and Nail Cream and it has an added bonus to boot – it is also anti-ageing! In my eyes, it is the winning hand cream on the market.
[box_light]Why are good hand creams so important?[/box_light]
Your hands are in use much more than any other part of your body. In the winter, the skin can suffer daily, as it is afflicted to cold, wind and low temperatures, combined with dry heating in the house to warm them up. Regardless of the season we are constantly washing our hands, exposing them to chemicals in the water and as result their condition deteriorates. The weather and artificial heating can take its toll on the skin and affect its feel and appearance to the naked eye, not to mention can prematurely age the skin.
Hands are one of the first things that people see and are usually the first tell-tale sign of your age. If the skin is not treated or moisturised on a daily basis, the skin may lose its elasticity and begin to dry, crack and look damaged.
[box_light]My Evaluation of the Product[/box_light]
My hands often fall victim to such harsh tendencies and I was very keen to test the newly launched hand cream by beauty giants Elemis. My skin does suffer in the winter and my hands always need the extra moisture, as I constantly wash them throughout the day and dry, itchy hands are not appealing to anybody!
With this cream a small amount goes a long way (which is a great result so that the 100ml tube lasts a longer amount of time!) I applied the product twice a day, once in the morning and again at night. Instantly my hands felt smooth, soft and much more supple than before and after a week, they looked and felt fully rehydrated once again. My skin felt less sensitive in the cold and compared to normal hand creams, despite repetitively washing my hands, they still felt more protected and nourished from the cream.
This product can be purchased for $40 and it is worth every penny as always I stand by the cliché ‘you get what you pay for.’ Yes there may be other hand creams available on the market at a lower price, but I often find them to be rather greasy and when they are in contact with water, their protection washes off. Over the years, I have tested numerous brands all promising the same thing, however the higher priced beauty products have more often than not delivered the best result. The most important thing for me with the product is that after using the product for two weeks, my hands have not been too dry nor too itchy and I was pleased that I didn’t have to reapply the cream often as it has a lasting effect.
[box_light]What key ingredients are used to make the product?[/box_light]
The breakthrough product is made from a variety of natural ingredients and with its silicon-free texture, it does not leave your hands feeling heavy, thick and worst of all sticky. It is a lightweight product that is surprising in how quickly it absorbs into the skin, leaving a beautifully scented white flowers fragrance. The specially formulated cream is made up from:
Avellana Seed Oil: This is a natural source of rare anti-ageing omega 7. Elemis have used this key ingredient, as they believe it leaves a protective layer on the skin and reduces moisture loss.
Macademia Seed Oil: This oil was selected by Elemis as it is a natural source of palmitoleic acid, which is an imperative oil to delay the sign of ageing skin. The ingredient is perfect for those who suffer from dry, delicate and sensitive skin, as it is curbs the possibility of skin damage.
Virgin Plum Oil: Helps to combat daily stresses on our skin like the cold and wind.
Camellia Seed Oil: Addresses your nails and the attention they need to grow healthy and strong to help and nourish their natural condition.
[box_light]How do you use the product?[/box_light]
The luxurious hand cream should be massaged into the hands and cuticles on a daily basis for a lasting effect. If your skin requires urgent care and attention, Elemis recommends that you can smother the product over your hands and put them inside some cotton gloves overnight, allowing the lotion to slowly seep into the skin and use the natural warmth of your hands to intensify the treatment.
[box_light]Would I recommend it?[/box_light]
Yes! Overall, there are many different types of hand creams that come in all different shapes and sizes, all promising to do the same thing: repair and smooth your skin. I have tried many over the years on the market, but I really feel this product has lived up to its promise. For me, this handy (pardon the pun!) beauty essential enables your hands to feel like smooth, satin gloves that help to protect your hands with its skin-boosting cocktail of vitamins. As an added bonus, it’s handbag size friendly too!