These days, youre as likely to find SPFs and active ingredients designed to counter wrinkles and age spots in your hand cream as your face cream. Across every brand in the beauty aisles, face cream is at least twice the price of the hand cream and in some cases, as with Clarins and Avon, as much as five or six times more. And while the company behind Hand Chemistry doesnt advise using it on your face, it does admit its lotion was inspired by face creams. As hands can age more dramatically than the face, we had to include higher concentrations of a selection of the most effective anti-ageing technologies to be able to produce a very visible difference within just a few days, says founder Brandon Truaxe. Higher concentrations of the most effective anti-ageing technologies, for a fraction of the price of a traditional anti-ageing cream? Surely that makes swapping your regular moisturiser for a hand cream a no-brainer? The dreaded all-in-one is back. But ANNEKA RICE, who made it trendy, says jumpsuits can be sexy in middle age! After all, across every brand in the beauty aisles, face cream is at least twice the price of the hand cream and in some cases, as with Clarins and Avon, as much as five or six times more. The price of products rarely has much to do with the intrinsic cost of the raw materials, explains cosmetic chemist Colin Sanders. The cynical rationale would be that people care about their faces and like to lavish expense on them, and it would be a shame not to give them the opportunity to do so. However, he warns: Hand cream can leave skin looking shiny and cause reactions or blocked pores on the face. Still, if youre prone to dry skin, are looking for a night cream (so shine doesnt matter) and are willing to gamble on the possibility of getting a spot or two, could it be worth switching your regular moisturiser for the hand cream from the same range? We put the idea to the test, comparing creams from the bargain basement to the top end. The results certainly give food for thought . . . Neutrogena HAND: Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF25, 2.99 (5.98/100ml) FACE: Norwegian Formula Ultimate Moisture Day Cream SPF10, 7.99 (15.98/100ml) This entire range is specifically designed for dry skin. Both the face and hand creams contain glycerine, which is good at drawing water to the skin. They both also contain a soy extract thats clinically proven to reduce the appearance of brown spots and, crucially for an anti-ageing product, while they both contain SPF, the hand cream contains SPF 25 but the face cream only SPF 10. The hand cream went on my face smoothly enough and, even though my skin isnt particularly dry, it didnt look shiny. Verdict: With a higher SPF and proven efficacy against brown spots, Id pick the hand cream every time. LANCOME HAND: Nutrix Royal Mains Hand Cream, 22 (22/100ml) FACE: Nutrix Royal Day Cream, 39 (78/100ml) If you had to blind test these two, Id put money on you thinking the face cream was hand cream. Its thick and doesnt smell as nice as the hand cream. Both have the same high-powered moisturisers glycerin, mineral oil, shea butter, seed oils and royal jelly extract in fact, more than half of the face cream ingredients are in the hand cream. Both products leave my skin quite greasy. Verdict: If youve got very dry skin and youre looking for a heavy-duty night cream, save your cash and pick the hand cream. AVON HAND: Anew Clinical Absolute Even Spot Correcting Hand Cream SPF15 with DSX, 10 (13.33/100ml) FACE: Anew Clinical Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Correcting Cream with DSX, 22 (73.33/100ml) The hand cream is quite thick compared with the thinner formulation for the face cream, and although the hand cream initially leaves my skin a bit sticky, after a few minutes there is not much to choose between the side Ive applied face cream to and the side with hand cream.
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