Hand It Over

BATD ON Nov 25, 2009 AT 10:36 am

La Compagnie de Provence

La Compagnie de Provence

By Eleanor Tucker

What’s the point in slathering creams on your face when you’re neglecting what will really give away your age – your hands?  It’s not just about ageing, either. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than having really dry hands, so a tube of hand cream in your bag is a great idea when you’re out and about using harsh hand-soaps – and subjecting your mitts to extremes of temperature as you move from cold winds to central heating. A really good hand cream will have an added bonus of strengthening your nails, too. So if you’re not using one already, it’s time to start now.

Try Fresh Verbena by a French brand called La Compagnie de Provence (available at John Lewis and online). Their range also includes such delights as hand soaps, body lotions in delicious fragrances such as Cherry Blossom, Pure Fig and Wild Rose. Prices range from £9.50 to £13.95 and the packaging is nice too. Vive La France, in fact…

Soft Hands, Kind Heart Hand Cream

Soft Hands, Kind Heart Hand Cream

If you’re feeling like doing a good deed, go for The Body Shop’s Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream (£5), which has a lovely texture, and a sweet smell. It’s slightly perfumey, but that’s made up for by the fact that a whopping £3.45 of the cost is donated to ECPAT, who are actively working to stop the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people in the UK and around the world.

Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream (£16.50) is a bestseller, partly because of the lovely Clarins smell and texture, and partly because it’s one of the few creams around that lives up to its claim of strengthening nails. So you can justify the price by considering it as two products in one. Maybe.

And if you haven’t already, now could be the time to discover Jurlique. They’re an Australian company who source all their ingredients from their own self-sustaining biodynamic farm – but there are no soggy oatmeal scrubs here, just lots of gorgeous smelling, effective products, like their lavender hand cream (£16.65). So now your hands can look as peachy as your complexion…click here to buy it now.

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