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5 of Our Favourite Nourishing Hand Creams

While most of us religiously lather moisturisers and serums onto our faces to keep our complexions radiant and well hydrated, many of us tend to forget about our hands. But our hands are quite often exposed to the elements more than our complexion is which means hands can suffer from dryness, pigmentation and the signs of ageing.

“With our vigilant and necessary handwashing and use of sanitiser, I’m sure the effects of it are starting to appear, with dry cuticles and hands,” says nail artist, Tanya Barlow. Keep an eye on – and follow – her Instagram account right here as Barlow has been busy working on her new cuticle oil pen, that you’ll be able to get your hands on very soon.

“Regardless of where you might get it from, I’d recommend trying to include some kind of cuticle oil or hand cream into your routine and
replenish all the lost moisture,” Barlow advises.

To help keep your hands hydrated and healthy we’ve rounded up a handful of our favourite hand creams.

Here are some other tips that will help you keep your hands smooth and supple. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($43) contains all of the nurturing and healing properties of the beauty house’s iconic Eight Hour Cream. The effective formula is sure to soften up and care for dry, rough hands.

 

The luxurious Velvet Hand Cream ($40) from Sothys Paris has been formulated with a blend of nurturing ingredients. Vitamins, A, E and F work to soften dry and unhappy hands while enhancing nail health.

 

With its ultra-cool packaging and game-changing formula, you’ll want to be spotted pulling Chanel Le Lift La Creme Main ($114) out of your handbag. The rejuvenating formula harnesses the power of Mother Earth’s best ingredients to keep hands looking and feeling smooth and youthful.

La Prairie’s indulgent Cellular Hand Cream ($190) uses a game-changing formulation to provide hands with serious hydration. The clever formula doesn’t just moisturise, it also gently exfoliates to slough away dry and rough skin.

Sometimes your nails need extra attention too. Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen ($47) has been formulated with the best botanicals – neem leaf, apricot kernel oil and chamomile extracts – which work to strengthen and fortify nails while keeping cuticles soft.

Everything You Need to Know About Jade Rollers

Thinking about including a beauty tool in your beauty routine? Jade rollers could be the answer. Here’s what you need to know. 

If you follow beauty trends closely on social media, it would have been hard to miss the jade roller’s rise in popularity. While it might have only surfaced in the Western beauty world in recent years, the tiny beauty tool – a double-ended roller made from jade stone – has, in fact, been around in China since the 7th century. 

So what do jade rollers actually claim to do? According to the beauty experts, jade rollers are often used to decrease puffiness in the face and dark circles under the eyes, as well as minimising the effects of fine lines.

If you’re looking for a relaxing at-home face massage, a jade roller can tick that box. Rolling one up and down your face provides a stimulating massage, both the motion and coolness of the stone relaxing the facial muscles. This massaging technique can help with draining of lymph fluid from around your eyes and certain areas where it tends to settle, and into the proper channels.

This lymphatic drainage may also help to prevent and clear breakouts. The massaging motion of the roller can stimulate certain hormones, which can help lower stress levels. Which can, in turn, affect reduce acne.

Using a jade roller also does wonders for your circulation as they’re great for bringing fresh blood and oxygen to the skin.

How to Use Jade Rollers

Before you use your jade roller, cleanse your face. You can then roll bare skin or you can apply skincare which the jade roller can help work into your complexion.

You might be relying on your jade roller to help depuff your face, but to do just that you actually need to start with your neck. For your jade roller to help rid your face of puffiness, your lymph nodes need to filter excess fluid out of your system. Rolling your neck first with soft sweeping motions will help to clear the lymph passageways for this to happen.

Once you’ve rolled your neck, start on your jawline, rolling and back and forth from the centre of your chin up towards your ear. Repeat all the way up to your cheekbones. Once you reach your forehead start in the centre and roll your way outwards. Flip your jade roller over and use the smaller roller underneath your eyes.

While it can be tempting to apply more pressure to get the most out of your at-home massage, it’s best to use a light touch. Applying too much pressure can actually irritate your skin.

Jade, Amethyst, Rose Quartz – What’s The Difference?

While jade rollers might have originally caught the attention of beauty fanatics around the globe, today you can take your pick of crystal roller. Jade, rose quartz and amethyst are three of the common crystals you’ll come across when hunting for a face roller.

All three get the same job done, however, the crystals do have slightly different properties. Jade, for example, conducts heat better which means unlike rose quartz, which tends to stay cooler for longer, it warms up quickly to your skin’s temperature.