Are your hands and lips itchy and dry at this time of year? Drying out and cracking of the skin is a common problem during winter time. And with the harsh temperatures we’ve been experiencing this season, I certainly feel the need to add more moisture in my daily routine. However I’ve been trying to find products that really do make a difference for my chapped hands and lips.
It’s normally recommended to apply a moisturizer frequently to get the best results. This rule applies well at the office, where we tend to wash our hands with soap often to protect ourselves from cold and flu germs. Ideally, we should be applying hand cream after each wash. That may be a bit hard to do, but applying a good moisturizer a few times a day will definitely make a big difference.
Now, applying cream and lip balm frequently is one thing. But as I’ve experienced, you still won’t get good results unless you also use products that work. Over a few months period, I’ve been testing ten different hand creams and five lip balms, in various price ranges. I’m happy to report that three of the hand creams and two of the lip balms came out as clear winners. So without further ado, here are the winning hand creams and lip balms that provided soothing relief for my chapped hands and lips.
All prices are in Canadian dollars.
YVES ROCHER COLD WEATHER HAND BALM ENRICHED WITH SHEA ($14 for 50 ml)
My latest discovery and personal favorite! I love its buttery texture and smell, and above all, it works. My skin stays smooth and visibly hydrated for many hours. Take note that because it’s so hydrating, it can be a bit greasy. So if that bothers you, apply it at night before going to bed.
ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR INTENSIVE MOISTURIZING HAND TREATMENT ($25 for 75 ml)
The classic Eight Hour cream has been a long time favorite for many women. Particularly for its versatility of application. This hand formula is a bit less greasy, yet it did a great job at nourishing and smoothing my dried hands. Its oregano smell may not please everyone however. Women tend to love it or hate it. I personally much prefer that type of smell to floral fragrances.
CLINIQUE DEEP COMFORT HAND AND CUTICLE CREAM ($30 for 75 ml)
This cream is rich and nourishing, yet doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It will produce great results if you use it a couple of times a day. Its scent is very light and refreshing, which is another plus, especially if you plan on using it at the office. It may sound a bit expensive, but when I compare it to $10 creams that don’t produce any results, I say I’m better off with this one.
CLINIQUE SUPERBALM LIP TREATMENT ($21 for 7 ml)
This superbalm has been a favorite of mine for many years now. Even after trying other brands for this post, it’s still the one that best keeps my lips from drying out. In my opinion, if you tend to have chapped lips, this is the product to use. It is very thick however, so I like to use it at night as an intensive treatment before I go to bed. This lip balm also gets great reviews on the Web.
DIOR POMADE LIP GLOW COLOR REVIVER OIL-GEL CARE ($41 for 12 ml)
This lip balm is more expensive but I was curious to try it after noticing it had been a winner of the 2017 Glamour Beauty Awards. If you don’t necessarily want to wear lipstick at work but still need something on your lips to prevent them from drying out, this pomade is perfect. With its light rosy tint, it will keep your lips looking natural and well hydrated for many hours. Its light vanilla fragrance is also nice — just the right dose. And contrary to other lip treatments I’ve tried, it won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Hope these products will soothe your chapped hands and lips!
Any other amazing hand creams and lip balms you swear by?
Let me know in the comment section below!