Hands UP

Hands are right out there on the front line, working every minute of every day. They deserve to be taken care of and in fact, some occasional pampering goes a long way. Skin, cuticles and nails have individual needs. Used alone or all together, these products pack a powerful, luxurious punch, leaving hands healthy, attractive and relaxed.

A smart way to begin any skincare regimen, whether for the face or the body, is by exfoliating. Babor Spa Méditerranée is an intensive salt oil treatment that leaves hands silky and supple. Apricot kernel oil, almond oil and melon and peach extracts help enrich the skin while exfoliating sea salt granules remove dead skin. Massage it over the entire hand, including cuticles. 3.38oz for $26.

Usana’s Sensé Intensive Hand Therapy is a lush cream showing a clean scent highlighted with lavender notes. This formula is chemical-free and packed with natural ingredients that lock in moisture, like cocoa and shea butters, apricot kernel oil, aloe and beeswax. Green tea and whole grape extracts are strong anti-oxidants that help provide protection from free radicals and environmental stress. Added mulberry and bearberry leaf improve the skin’s appearance. This treatment also provides nourishment and healing for nails and cuticles. 2 oz for $15.

The Ava Body collection offers Hand & Body Lotion free of toxins, irritants and chemicals. Natural, organic hydrating oils—including aloe vera, coconut, apricot kernel, olive, sweet almond and pomegranate—provide healthy nutrition. The light citrus scent is soothing and is quickly absorbed into the skin without any greasy residue. 8oz for $15.

derma e Skin, Hair and Nail Oil is a multi-purpose, virtually scent-free treatment, but it does wonders for dry cuticles and nails. Made entirely from pure plant oils, it absorbs completely into the skin and nails with none of the expected oily residue. One hundred percent vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, GMOs and lanolin, this is an excellent option to rehydrate and heal nails on a break from gel nail polish. 1oz for $16.

Jessica Nourish Cuticle Cream is aptly named, as it blends vitamins A, D and E with zinc to heal and shrink dry, damaged cuticles. It instantly hydrates both cuticles and nails and has a clean, soapy scent. This is another effective choice for an overnight treatment as part of a regular cuticle regimen. .5oz for $5.

Products featured here can be found at most local retailers or online.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.