I hope you've had the best start into 2018! Mine has been rather hectic but now I enjoy my free time even more. Sadly, the weather hasn't been the best lately, it's been stormy with heavy rain and it really didn't make a difference whether I brushed my hair in the morning or not. As soon as I went outside, my hair was a mess anyway. But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about. The cold weather or maybe the heating always makes my skin extremely dry in winter, that's why I'm testing a lot of skin care for pretty much every part of my body and I sure let you know about my experiences. Let's start with some intensive treatment today.
Legs, hands and feet are the body parts where my skin is the driest. Legs are easy to hydrate, I just do that in the evening before going to bed but hands and feed are different. Everytime I wash my hands, the hand cream is just gone and the skin feels dry again. Furthermore, I work in an office and I don't want the hand cream all over my keyboard. When it comes to feet I'm just a little weird and don't like the feeling of foot cream on them. So let's get to the point: I've been at a Clarins blogger event at the end of last year and got some beautiful products to try*. Among them the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream.
Both products are just what I needed and I didn't even know it. As you can see on the picture above, Clarins has these funny bamboo fibre gloves and also socks for treatments at home. You can buy them in their store, the set is called Hand and Feet Kit and it can be washed in the washing machine, so you can use it all the time. Both the hand and foot treatment are rich and therefore extremely hydrating. So what I do is to apply a generous amount of the hand treatment, then put on the gloves. This way I can work while my hands get their little spa experience. Same goes for the foot treatment, however, (what a surprise) I don't use it in the office but after work at home. Just massage it from toes to ankles and put on the socks. As both products are treatments, they provide enough moisture for a while. My hands are severely dry, so I still use hand creams in the morning and the evening but the Hand and Nail Treatment makes them look and feel nice for longer and provides some protection against the cold. The foot cream keeps my feet hydrated for a few days. As I mentioned, I don't like the feeling of cream on my feet so I'm happy I don't have to use one every day.
The products smell very nice. The hand treatment has a citrusy scent (it's a limited edition with grapefruit, there's a lemon version too), the foot treatment a herbal scent which makes it smell fresh and healthy. It contains cashew oil, shea butter, myrrh, arnica and thyme oil. The hand treatment contains sesame oil, shea butter, myrrh and mulberry extract and could be used as a normal hand cream as well, just don't apply as much and it sinks in pretty quickly.
I've been using both treatments on a regular basis during December and January and I genuinely love them. They're empty soon but as they're not insanely expensive, I'm rather sure I'll repurchase them. I've never tried Clarins skin care before but after the event and after trying the first few products I'm pretty obsessed, so I guess you'll see more of Clarins on the blog soon.
The Hand and Foot Kit with the gloves is available for CHF 30, the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream costs CHF 13 for 30ml and the Foot Beauty Treatment Cream CHF 40.50, the latter is only available in a 100ml tube. There's some limited edition sets which are great value for money, so maybe keep an eye out for them if you're interested in the products.
What are your favourite skincare products for dry winter skin? Leave a comment below!
Have a great day!
*all of the products mentioned above are pr samples. All opinions are honest and my own.