Ageing is something that unfortunately is inevitable, but thankfully some cosmetics can help reduce the ageing appearance and maybe even slow down some of it.
One of the first signs or places where you can see someone’s age from, are the eyes and the hands. I am now in my 30s and while I don’t have any noticeable wrinkles yet, I have noticed that my hands are not as youthful looking as they used to. I don’t think that they are old looking either but I can see more lines forming across them.
As a result, when I came across an anti-ageing moisturiser hand cream I picked it up and put it to the test. Why not?!
Is there such thing as anti-ageing hand care? Does the cream work? And more importantly, is it worth your time and money?
Here’s my chemist’s verdict:
I am positively surprised and shocked that this brand went full on with “Chemistry” branding. I am a Chemist myself and I know first hand how negatively Chemistry is viewed this days thanks to many factors.
As a result, I thought that the branding is brave and perhaps not the best for mass retail. Anyhow, it is also simple looking and elegant and I love the pink and white colour scheme of this product.
The outer packaging is pretty standard cardboard and the actual hand cream 30mL, travel size tube is also standard plastic. Nothing too fancy here but it all works and looks and feels nice.
You might have seen this product in a slightly different packaging before, I believe they just recently switched it up and I, at least, like the new one better!
The colour of the cream is a standard off white, typical of a hand cream. Nothing special here.
In terms of hand cream costing, this cream is not cheap, but it is relatively not that much money in terms of beauty and skincare price tags.
A travel size/hand bag friendly 30mL tube retails for £8 whereas a 100mL tube retails for £19 and a 240mL for £35. It is fairly common to save money while buying a larger tube and believe me it won’t go wasted. You will use it up, it’s just the case of you won’t be able to have it in your handbag comfortably, it will need to be a house item.
That’s absolutely ok though, as it is a cream that makes your hands a little sticky for a few minutes, so you probably don’t want to be using it while on the go. It would be better to use it in the house while not doing anything with your hands like during watching tv etc.
This hand cream has a standard hand cream texture. It feels soft and applies easily. It is absorbed quickly but it does feel sticky for a few minutes afterwards. However, eventually, after 10-20 minutes, the stickiness goes away on it’s own.
There are no special directions from the brand so we are assuming that this is compatible for any type of skin.
If you have a medical problem or open skin injuries obviously consult with a doctor first prior to using any skin care product.
These are the claims from the brand’s website:
” ph 5.50-6.50, alcohol-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free.
Concentrated multi-functional hand cream targets 8 signs of hand ageing simultaneously. The extraordinary 19.5% active complex concentration improves the looks of firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration.
VISIBLY DECREASES WRINKLE DEPTH
- Contains a biotechnological derivative of the mushroom, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp, shown to be 400 x more moisturising than Hyaluronic Acid.
- Skin moisture content can be increased by 11% in just 12 hours thanks to the inclusion of an algae ferment. This incredible increase equates to 21% in 24 hours and 32% in 30 days.
- In addition, Sacha Inchi oil and Maize Propanediol work together to form a protective moisture barrier, ensuring that the skin is able to hold on to this new-found moisture. “
Practicality of use – user experience
The hand cream is very easy to use, like any other hand cream really. The only drawback is the slight sticky feeling afterwards that takes about 10-20 minutes to disappear. Just use this cream while you are watching tv or not needing your hands for a while and you will be fine!
The smell is fairly pleasant and not too strong. It’s a flowery, sweet cosmetic type of scent that is pleasant.
When I bought this I was honestly not expecting it to work at all. I don’t know why, perhaps it was too good to be true or because let’s face it, you can’t erase ageing.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought that my hands did indeed look more youthful, the lines became less deep and I even thought that my skin appeared a little brighter.
I’ve taken before and after pictures in an attempt to capture any differences. I used a nail varnish colour that doesn’t particularly make the hands look more youthful (a red one would for example) and of course I used the same nail varnish for both before and after pictures.
The cream is meant to give you results after 11 days but the pictures are before and after completely using a full 30mL tube which was about 2-3 weeks. I must admit it is impossible to see a difference in the before and after pictures but I definitely noticed changes in real life. Some of the smaller lines become more faded, something that is very difficult to photograph.
I’ve also noticed that if I didn’t use the cream for 2-3 days it became quite obvious. It seems to be the sort of cream/treatment that you really need to keep up. It needs to be your daily hand cream, not an occasional treatment, in order to give you proper results and also to keep the results up.
This hand cream contains 34 ingredients. Note that the term fragrance is counted as a single ingredient for simplicity.
A lot of the ingredients are there for formulation purposes. As a result, and in order to keep this post shorter, I will only be listing the interesting ones, the ingredient positives and negatives. For a full list of ingredients see the end of the ingredients section below.
Overall, the ingredients are great and it is a cream worth trying out!
- Water based formulation
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Skin conditioner and replenisher. Provides lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication. Enhances the delivery of vitamins and other ingredients into the skin.
- Propanediol – Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
- Cetearyl Glucoside – A surfactant and emulsifier that can help the skin retain moisture.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Cetyl Alcohol – Conditions and softens the skin. It is a fatty alcohol and so it is not perceived to be as damaging to the skin as others.
- Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil – A humectant that can offer skin protection.
- Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex – Some studies claim that it can boost the skin’s collagen I and III and elastin production. Studies claim that anti-ageing results should be seen within 15 days as visible reduction of deep wrinkles and improvement of skin firmness. This is likely one of the active compounds in this cream.
- Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract – Antimicrobial and humectant.
- Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant. It is found in many anti-ageing products due to the claims that it can repair and protect the skin, heal wounds, increase collagen and elastin production.
- Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner, anti-microbial agent and humectant.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract – An anti-oxidant, humectant and skin conditioner with such a good ability of retaining water that it is compared, and even considered superior by some, to hyalyuronic acid. A source of vitamin D that can also lighten spots and heal the epidermal layer of the skin. A hero ingredient.
- Proline – An amino acid that is involved in the body’s production of collagen and cartilage. A skin conditioner, moisturiser and fragrance. Helps promote healthy cells, connective tissues, firmer skin, reduces sagging, wrinkles and ageing skin effects.
- Alanine – An amino acid, skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance. Can combine with epidermal cells to fill up creases and provide a smoother skin appearance.
- Serine – An amino acid, skin conditioner and anti-oxidant. Plays an important role in helping the body form phospholipids and other important processes such as DNA production. Can aid collagen and elastin production.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Betaine – A humectant, skin conditioner and anti-irritant.
- Sodium polyacrylate – This ingredient has a lot of formulation roles but can also be a skin conditioner as it can hold as much as 300 times it’s weight in water.
- Xanthan Gum – A skin conditioner that can hold water and also improve the shelf life of a product.
- Potassium sorbate – An anti-microbial compound used as a paraben alternative.
- Fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that you fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.
- Eugenol – Is one of the EU restricted ingredients. It can only be present in the product in very low concentrations and some advice that it is best to avoid this ingredient in leave on products. Some studies claim it is toxic even at low concentrations.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?
The following compounds present in this hand cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
Full list of ingredients:
AQUA (WATER), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PROPANEDIOL, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE – CETEARYL ALCOHOL – GLYCERIN – CETYL ALCOHOL – PLUKENETIA VOLUBILIS SEED OIL – METHYL GLUCOSIDE PHOSPHATE PROLINE LYSINE COPPER COMPLEX – PLANTAGO LANCEOLATA LEAF EXTRACT – PSEUDOALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT – CAPRYLYL GLYCOL – ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN – TREMELLA FUCIFORMIS SPOROCARP EXTRACT – PROLINE – ALANINE – SERINE – TOCOPHEROL – PHENOXYETHANOL – BETAINE – SODIUM POLYACRYLATE – XANTHAN GUM – POTASSIUM SORBATE – CHLORPHENESIN – SODIUM PHOSPHATE – SODIUM HYDROXIDE – FRAGRANCE – CITRAL – CITRONELLOL – EUGENOL – FARNESOL – GERANIOL – LIMONENE – LINALOOL
Ingredient wise this cream is definitely very good. It has the potential to give you results and it is not just a promotional, fake, anti-ageing type of claim.
After trying out this hand cream I definitely saw a difference. Some of my smaller lines became less deep and more faded away. Obviously, my hands are not that aged to begin with so if you have more aged hands you might get more visible results.
I think this hand cream is definitely worth a try and I highly recommend it.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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