Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

Is there any body part that suffers from dry winter air more than your hands? 
We put our poor hands through a lot. We wash in hot water. We forget our gloves and punish them with cold air. We type on a computer or subject our hands to other types of strenuous work. And then we sit and wonder why our hands are so dry!

Almost exactly one year ago, my hands were at their driest. My constant hand washing was really taking a toll on my skin. 

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

I snapped this photo of my poor hands and sent it to my husband, complaining that no matter what lotion I was using they were not getting any better. My skin was dry, cracking and the skin was flaking. It was not cute. It was also painful. Anytime I would put my hands in water, it stung. 

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

On our way to the Bahamas last winter (wish I was there now!) AMH and I spent some time perusing the Duty Free offerings. It was there that we remembered that we forgot to pack our shampoos for our week away! We asked the staff what they recommend and they pointed us towards a L'Occitane travel pack that included shampoo and conditioner, Almond shower oil (which I now use daily!) and a small version of the L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream made with shea butter. 

The staff swore up and down this hand cream will cure any dry skin issues I was having with my hands. The thought of swimming in a salt water ocean with cracks all on my hands gave me the chills, and not in a good way. I was desperate and with such glowing recommendations from a number of staff, and passerbyers who also gave their two cents, I bought the large 150ml tube

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

The tube in all of these photos was taken yesterday. This tube is a year old! The product really does go a long way!  

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

I leave the large tube on my nightstand, along with my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (you can read my review here). Once I finish my nightly skin routine, I put this hand lotion on to work it's magic while I sleep. And that's what I've been doing for a full year. So how are my hands now? 

dry hands

Perfectly healed! Well, except for the little scars I have from a certain teething puppy! 

The lotion is thick and creamy. It's one that sticks and a little goes a long way which is why a year later I am still using the same tube. It has a delicate smell, nothing overpowering or noticeable which is great for when you apply at night.  

After using for a few days, I noticed my hands were less dry (I was applying morning and night). Every few days I noticed that things were getting better. Cracks were healing and my skin had it's elasticity back. No more pain when I would move my hands! 

A year into use and my hands look like they never suffered through a dry skin spell. Even if I skip a night or two or applying, they still look fine! But I try not to skip too many nights because I never want to end up back where I started. 

Are you suffering with dry skin on your hands right now? If like me you tried every potion and lotion under the sun, I highly recommend making an order on the L'Occitane website. It's a fantastic product that delivers on it's promise to give you smooth, soft hands. 

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