They say if you really want to gauge a woman’s age, look at her hands. Between sun exposure and lack of moisture, it’s one major area a lot of women neglect. Though hands are just as exposed to the elements as the face so, as the cold winter months quickly approach, it’s time to stock up on heavy duty lotions and potions to keep them in tip top shape.
That’s why, as the Top Ten Tuesday bloggers discuss winter skin savers, I’m focusing on the hands and feet. The skin in those areas takes a beating all year long but the dry air and intense temperatures of winter are especially ravaging. See which hand, nail and foot treatments made it into my Top Ten.
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So while I’m stuck here in gross, cold Cleveland, my parents are off sunning themselves in Aruba. They get three weeks of wonderful and I get three weeks of frozen tundra. It’s been forever since I’ve seen the gorgeous Caribbean waters. So color me jealous. The only good thing about them leaving is that they’ll return with a bottle or two of aloe filled goodness to help soothe my winter-chapped hands.
The folks always bring me back goodies from the island and while it’s no substitute for a vacay of my own, it certainly helps kill the jealousy pangs. Last year, they were cruising the markets when my Dad happened upon a hand and body care line that he thought I and all of you should know about. Yes, he’s a supporter of the blog. Isn’t that cute?
Aruba Aloe Island Remedy Hand Lotion is a little tube of heaven. Seriously phenom. Chock full of 100% Aloe Vera Gel, grown right on the island, the lotion is moisturizing yet quick absorbing. You’re never left with greasy palms, leaving marks on everything you touch. And the scent is to DIE. Its soft fragrance is powdery and slightly botanical from the aloe. They also make an antibacterial version that I keep stashed in my desk to use after handling money.
In addition to the hand cream, Aruba Aloe has a whole line of face, body and hair products, including sun care and burn remedies. The Island Remedy Hand Lotion is 6 oz and retails for $19.95. You can purchase directly from ArubaAloe.com and receive FREE SHIPPING.
The website says that small boutiques & salons in the US carry their products. Has anyone ever tried Aruba Aloe? What did you think?
Looking for the perfect gift for the nail fanatic in your life? Is she the kind of gal that owns 100s of bottles of nail polish so you have no clue what to get? Or perhaps you feel that picking out nail shades is too hard or personal? Well look no further for I have scoured the web to bring you the best holiday gift items for your favorite nail gal.
Hand/Foot Care Gifts: By far, the easiest route is to snatch up a pre-made gift set. Talk about quick and painless shopping. Any of these kits are sure to delight but I’m partial to the ones with gloves/socks because they’re the type of item that I can’t justify splurging on but desperately want.
1. B&BW True Blue Spa Pampering Foot Set Shea Cashmere ($25) 2. Heel To Toe Put Your Feet Up Holiday Kit ($14.99) 3. Bliss The ‘Sock’ettes Spa Set ($68) 4. Bliss I “Glove” New York Set ($64) 5. B&BW True Blue Spa The Model Manicure ($24.50) 6. The Body Shop Peppermint cooling Foot Heaven ($14) 7. Gena Pedi Feet To Go Kit ($14.99)
Make Your Own Gifts: Perhaps you want something a little more personalized well then a make your own gift basket is ideal. Grab a cute bag or basket from a local craft store and fill it with miniature nail goodies. We love anything mini and having lots of nail toys to play with is always fun. I suggest adding a pair of moisturizing gloves or cute slippers, like uber-adorable Lambie’s below.
1. OPI Let’s Play Juicies ($10) 2. CND Scentsations Winterberry Lotion Minis ($3.90) 3. B&BW Lambie Slippers ($10-$16) 4. Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Beauty Queen Wave ($25) 5. CND Treatment Minis – Stickey, Toughen Up, Air Dry and Super Shiney ($2.25) 6. Poshe Traveling Tootsies Kit ($9.95) 7. CND Solor Oil Minis ($2.25)
Body Care: If your nail fanatic is anything like me, she has a love for all things beauty including indulgent skin care treats. Then I highly recommend Qtica Smart Spa gift sets. The sugar scrub is my all-time favorite “holy grail.” It’s beyond ah-mazing and because it’s gel based (not oil) there’s no messy, slippery residue left in the shower. As an added bonus, these sets include a pair of exfoliating shower gloves and O-M-G are they fantastic. Better than any loofah or sponge I’ve tried.
Qtica Smart Spa Holiday Gift Spas – Lemon Dream & Grapefruit Surprise ($18)
Nail Gal Trinkets: Being from the Midwest, I’ve always heard about the Christmas Wonderland called Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan but have never been. In case you’re not familiar, it is the world’s largest Christmas store. People travel from all over just to visit. Though I had no idea they have an online store let alone, nail related goodies. A personalized nail polish bottle? Talk about the best ornament ever!!
Bronner’s Nail Tech Ornament ($8.99) and Personalized Nail Polish Ornament ($7.99)
Well there you have it kids. Whether you’re buying for yourself, your wife or BFF, these treats are sure to please. Happy Shopping!
As a compulsive hand washer/sanitizer I am always testing out new lotions and potions to keep my skin from resembling an alligator. And when I say compulsive, I once developed eczema from using too much Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer. I had to throw out all my bottles to kick the habit. So when I came across Vaseline’s Intensive Rescue line, I had to give the Healing Hand Cream a shot.
Filled with humectants and emollients this cream is thick but still easily squeezable. Even though it’s labeled as being hypoallergenic and unfragranced there is a faint smoky/musky scent. You really have to sniff your hand to notice it and why are you sniffing your hand anyway? The scent dissipates after about five minutes.
One of my biggest issues with hand lotions is greasiness. Don’t ask why but I always apply hand lotion when I’m driving. I KNOW I should have two hands on the wheel but I never said I was a model driver. Well as you can imagine, having greasy hands on a leather wheel isn’t a good combo. That makes fast absorbing lotions are a must.
On that point the Healing Hand Cream disappointed. It’s not super greasy but it does take a few minutes to absorb. Though thanks to the ingredient distearlydimonium chloride, a cationic emulsifier, it leaves a powdery finish that helps lock in moisture. That and the long lasting moisture are both pluses for me. I apply the cream each time I wash my hands and before bed and I never feel the need to reapply in between.
Considering the price point ($3-4) and level of moisture it provides I would recommend this cream as a good everyday moisturizer. It doesn’t have any anti-aging bells and whistles but it’s a good staple item.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Distearlydimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tapioca Starch, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Steol, Lechithin, Linoleic Acid, Stearyl Stearate, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Ehtylene Brassylate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide.
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