Recently my husband got quite a shock at the price of a hand cream I gifted my mother-in-law. It was a little over $40 (as most high end hand creams are), and my justification was that the hand cream gifts needed to be luxurious and because my mother-in-law lives overseas, the gift also had to be worthy of the costly shipping fees. He assumed that most hand creams were around $10 to $20 – which got me thinking about doing a budget skincare post on hand creams that fit this price range. As for body lotions, I’ve discovered a few more gems that haven’t made me miss my Holy Grail body moisturiser (Kiehl’s Creme de Corps) just yet. Hope you find something interesting to try in this budget skincare post!
Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream ($19.95 AUD / 75ml)
So far I’ve tried four products (dry oil, body lotion, lip balm and hand cream) from Nuxe and I truly LOVE them all. If you love the indulgent honey fragrance of Nuxe products you’d be pleased to know that this Hand and Nail Cream features the same scent that lingers on until the next wash. It’s richly nourishing & the cream melts upon application instantly revives dry hands and cuticles. Whilst it’s non-sticky, it’s rich enough that you only need a small amount if you are moisturising in between washes. For a richer treatment, you can apply a dollop but leave plenty of time for it to absorb before touching your keyboard or phone. My favourite way to apply this is when I leave home for work & I like that it doubles as a cuticle moisturiser as well. At work, I prefer to apply it before going to a meeting so I’m not immediately touching a keyboard, allowing it time to absorb. Paraben-free and 89% ingredients of natural origin.
Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticles Hand Crème ($14.95 AUD / 97ml)
Specially formulated for dry, rough hands and cuticles (hello, that’s me!), a little goes a long way with nourishing ceramides, rich shea butter and a 24-hour complex that locks in moisture. It absorbs really quickly, lasts well through washes and leaves a smooth silky nourished sensation without any residue. Has a light citrus scent. AMAZING stuff – two thumbs up!
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($7.99 AUD / 56g)
You know it’s got to be a holy grail hand cream when a nail polish blogger as renowned as Michelle (Cosmetic Cupcake) swears by it for maintaining her swatch-worthy hands and nails. It contains a high concentration of glycerin (4 times more than most hand creams) and comforts severely dry skin, leaving your hands really smooth and soft, with a coat of long lasting moisture. A little goes a long way & is best applied before bed as a nightly treatment, or if like me – you like to moisturise hands before leaving for work so that they are absorbed by the time you reach the office. I tried this in between hand washes at work once & it left grease marks on my keyboard, so it’s best kept beside your bed.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Body Moisturiser ($9.99 AUD / 300ml)
If you like the hand & foot cream from the Norwegian Formula range, then you will love their body moisturiser as well. The glycerin-rich formula is rich and leaves a silky non-greasy finish that comforts and softens dry skin. The thing about the glycerin-rich formula is that it feels like a barrier initially and comforts dry skin like no other. Once 100% absorbed I absolutely love how soft and smooth my skin feels and how it keeps skin moisturised for the whole day. For daily use I’d only recommend it for those with very dry skin and cold dry weather. I passed this onto mum and she can’t stop raving about how it soothes her dry skin like no other.
Nivea Pure & Natural Body Lotion ($7.99 AUD / 400ml)
Imagine a body lotion that has 95% natural ingredients, argan oil, free from parabens / silicones / mineral oils – and available from your local supermarket. Nivea’s Pure & Natural Body Lotionapplies and absorbs easily, has a clean refreshing fragrance and instantly leaves skin feeling softer and smoother. My skin feels silky to touch & I also love the pump packaging. Suitable for normal to dry skin.
Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream ($21.95 AUD / 100ml)
I had no idea absinthe is actually derived from a plant, and it turns out I wasn’t the only one intrigued. All the girls in the office wanted to try this hand cream & see what it smelled like. The hand cream itself is very lightweight, gives just enough moisture to replenish the loss of moisture from washing hands (with cheap liquid soap) and speed air drying in the office. Apparently the absinthe extracts helps to purify and de-odourize your hands, but it was the scent that left an impression on everyone. It features a heady fragrance with notes of bergamot, petit grain and neroli, and which lingers on for quite some time. I like it as a hand cream for summer or at work as you can continue using your keyboard straightaway after applying as it’s so light. But I would switch to something richer for extremely dry hands or cold weather.
What are your favourite budget hand & body creams?
What’s the maximum you would spend on a hand cream?
All products featured in this post were provided for consideration.