I have a secret. A horrible secret that I can barely speak of. I can barely even think about it because it kind of horrifies me. Here it is.
My hands are starting to look…old.
I noticed it last fall after a bout with a horrible sickness and lots of medication. I had been washing my hands up to 20 times a day for a few days, and not always reapplying lotion because it was too damn exhausting. Now my hands look kind of shriveled and have these tiny lines all over them. Like a dried up desert starting to crack. If I pull my hand taut, the lines aren’t there. If they are stretched out, they appear. Honestly no aging issue I have had yet bothers me as much as this does!
They do say your hands (and neck) give away your age because so many people apply sunscreen to the face and neglect the hands. I was definitely one of those people. I’ve been an avid sunscreen wearer on my face since my very early 20’s. However I hated (and still do) the sticky or greasy feeling of actual sunscreen on my hands. Especially my palms and fingers. Ick!
Up until very recently there were barely any brands that put sunscreen in regular hand lotion. I actually was talking about this awhile ago on Twitter. I went to a zillion drugstores and found not a single one. The only one I knew about was from Deborah Lippmann, so I finally caved and bought it.
But now there is a new system from Ellen Sirot called Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Hand Care and BOY do I need it!
Nourishing Day Cream with SPF 15
Rejuvenating Night Cream
This Hand Care System comes with two items: the Nourishing Day Cream with SPF 15 and the Rejuvenating Night Cream. I gotta tell you I was pretty excited to try out the SPF day lotion because options seem so limited!
The Nourishing Day Cream with SPF 15 hydrates, conditions and moisturizes. It contains SPF 15 (Zinc oxide and Octinoxate) and is not sticky. This is what excited me most because it really feels more like a regular hand lotion than a sunscreen. They say you only need a “pearl sized amount” but I feel like I need more than that to get the proper SPF coverage. It rubs in easily and isn’t greasy at all. Yay! I have been keeping this in my purse for whenever I leave the house. The bottle is lightweight and easy to carry.
The Rejuvenating Night Cream has a thicker, creamier feel and with continued use it’s supposed to significantly help reduce lines, wrinkles ,and help your skin’s texture become more even and plumper. Inside you will find RevitaStim Active Complex with Olivem-1000 (peptides and hyaluronic acid for moisture and elasticity), Shea butter and Vitamins A, B, C and E for conditioning. You are supposed to use a pearl sized amount, rubbed into the backs of your hands mainly. I use a bit more (pea sized). It definitely does a nice job of leaving my hands feeling moisturized and not greasy whatsoever. I have yet to notice any wrinkle or skin improvement, but I haven’t been as consistent at night with this particular cream as I should be!
Nail & Cuticle Treatment
There is also another product you can purchase separately which is the Nail & Cuticle Pen. This pen has a soft tipped applicator and contains olive, fruit, sunflower seed, jojoba and avocado oils for softening cuticles and nails. It’s super easy, not messy at all and really convenient to pop in your purse!
Overall: I am excited about this system because A. I love the SPF lotion B. I have high hopes for the night cream (and if nothing else, it’s a great moisturizer) and C. I like the lightweight and convenient cuticle pen. Also the fact that it’s available at drugstores is great. The only other SPF hand creme I own is from Deborah Lippmann (Rich Girl SPF 25) and it’s $28.00 for 3 oz. It’s not as easy to find and more expensive. Also it doesn’t come in a pack with a night cream, as this one does.
Availability: CVS, Walgreens, Albertsons, Duane Reade.
Pricing: Anti-Aging Hand Care System $14.99 (day cream is 1.7 oz, night cream is 1 oz), Nail & Cuticle Pen $9.99 (.09 oz).
Are you concerned about the appearance of your hands? What do you to to fight the weathering of time?
Note: Cruelty free