The leaves and the temperatures are falling, which means Winter will be upon us before long. It's beneficial to keep your hands hydrated all year long, but in colder climates, additional steps are necessary to combat the lower temperatures and drier air if you want your hands to look their best. Between the cold dry outdoor air and the indoor dry heat that our hands are exposed to during the colder months, it's important to remember that skin loses moisture much faster.
I've been sampling a number of products that can help in the effort to keep your hands and body soft, supple and protected when the elements are harsher than normal, and I'll be sharing the ones that work best for me in my Winter Hand & Skin Care Series over the next couple of months. I've got some giveaways planned, some home made remedies you can try, tips and tricks, and several commercial product reviews planned. I hope you enjoy this series and that you learn something that can help you out with your winter skin woes!
Seed is a company founded on the belief that the products we use in our day to day life should be safe for us and environmentally friendly. Their products are enriched with grape seed oil, which contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that has been proven to slow down the effects of aging. Grape seed oil also also contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid essential for healthy skin. The benefits of grape seed oil are plentiful, and it is also an excellent supplement when taken internally.
Let's take a closer look at Seed's hand care duo! These products provide a complete do-it-yourself home hand treatment that leaves your hands soft and supple, while protecting them from the elements they face in the colder temperatures. The products include a Therapeutic Hand Scrub and a Healthy Hand Cream. This two-step process is quick and easy to do, and remember that no matter what products you use to keep your hands in shape, the key is to use them consistently.
The Healthy Hand Cream is of medium consistency, and the scent I'm using is Relaxing Lavender (also available in fragrance-free, and exhilirating citrus). This scent has a fragrance very true to its name, and it doesn't overpower any other scents you may be using. The Therapeutic Hand Scrub contains scrubbing grains to exfoliate, brighten and smooth the skin. The ingredients used in this also help to maximize moisture by removing dead skin cells.
The process simply involves applying a dollop of the hand scrub to your hands, working it in for a minute or two using small massaging circular motions, then rinsing it off. I also make sure to massage the scrub around my cuticle area, because they seem to need extra smoothing and moisture during the Winter months. Hint: Use lukewarm water when rinsing hands, because hotter water temperatures are more drying to the skin. Seed recommends using this product once a week or as needed, and to refrain from using it on raw or cracked skin. I have been using this product twice a week.
After towel-drying hands, apply the Healthy Hand Cream as your moisturizer. Hint: I don't dry my hands entirely before applying this. By applying moisturizer to damp skin, it helps to trap the moisture in the skin better. I apply this several times throughout the day, particularly after washing my hands and before going to bed. This cream feels slightly oily during the application, but it absorbs well and doesn't leave your hands with that slippery feeling. Give it less than a minute, and any oily look or feel is completely gone. This product contains several beneficial oils including grape seed, jojoba, lavender, sunflower and coconut. It also contains shea butter, a popular and effective ingredient that I'm very fond of.
Healthy Hand Cream Ingredients (3.5 fl. oz. $6.99)
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Tapioca Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
Therapeutic Hand Scrub Ingredients (3.5 fl. oz. $8.99)
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Powder, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (Organic), Sorbitol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Pectin, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate
Both of these products are concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I find that my hands seem to remain soft to the touch, and look moisturized and healthy longer when I incorporate an exfoliating product into my routine. I can always tell when it's been 3-4 days since my last Therapeutic Hand Scrub treatment, because my moisturizer doesn't seem to last quite as long between applications. This is a reasonably priced product set that delivers results after the first use. It also works just as well on other areas such as my feet, elbows and knees.
All Seed products are cruelty free
All Seed products are plant-based, even vegan-friendly (dairy free and cruelty-free)
All Seed products are Gluten Free
All Seed products are Paraben Free, phthalate free, petrochemical-free, Laurel Sulfate-free, with no artificial colors
Seed Hand Cream and Body Cream, body soap, and hair shampoo bars are soy-free
All of our packaging is Recyclable and/or biodegradable. Our cartons use vegetable based dyes
All products are made in the U.S.A.
If you've read this far, you can now enter a giveaway! One follower will receive a full-sized Seed Healthy Hand Cream and Therapeutic Hand Scrub set, so you can pamper your hands with a little home hand spa treatment. Your hands will be able to make it through the Winter looking and feeling soft and beautiful.
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*Products and prizes featured were furnished by the manufacturer.