I feel sorry for hands. They work hard on our behalf, performing one physical task after another. For what reward? The occasional slick of hand cream?
I think many of us would admit to neglecting our hands when it comes to skincare. They’re the appendages at the end of our arms. We don’t study them much, except for when painting our nails. Perhaps then we might think to squirt a bit of nourishing cream into our palms.
We do so much to protect our faces, perhaps not thinking that our hands face the same sort of challenges. Let’s look at sun exposure, the biggest cause of premature ageing.
In Summer (when the sun is at its strongest) as well as high factor sunscreen, we can wear a wide-brimmed hat to fully protect our faces. There’s no equivalent of the sun hat for hands – as far as I know? And I despair at the lack of hand creams containing UV sunscreen. Brands seem only too willing to add it to face moisturisers, so why not hand cream?
Consequently, it’s often our hands rather than our faces that give away our true age, be it wrinkly skin or brown patches of pigmentation.
One brand which knows a thing or two about caring for more mature skin is Forme Laboratories, whose Stratum C line is formulated specifically for Menopausal skin (Protect Cream review). Though, you don’t have to be menopausal to use it – this line is an investment for the future, protecting our skin now will pay off later!
The brand recently added a hand cream to its range, and I’ve been putting it to the test over the past few weeks.
Stratum C Complete 4 Total Hand Care Cream
The name pretty much sums up what this product is all about – a single formula containing everything you need to protect mature hands. The packaging is clean, well laid out and tells you exactly what those needs are:
- Anti-ageing Peptides
- UV Blocking SPF
- Nail strengthening
- Age Spot Removal
That’s it. Anti-ageing covered! I’ll very briefly expand on those four elements. According to Forme Labs, the peptides are clinically proven to boost collagen (key to making skin look more youthful), and the sun protection is non-toxic, FDA-approved and blocks 88% of UV rays. Keratin amino acids strengthen nails and soften cuticles, while a naturally occurring amino acid derivate called Tego Cosmo helps to brighten and fade sun spots.
This is a beautifully rich cream. It’s non greasy and melts into the skin (and nails) within seconds. It’s got a light neutral fragrance. My hands are very dry, especially at this time of year, and this does a superb job of rehydrating them. But the biggest win of all is the anti-ageing side of things. Not many hand creams offer it, and even fewer tick them off so completely.
Stratum C Complete 4 Hand Care Cream costs £22 for 75ml and is available to buy now.