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On a recent trip to buy my favourite Aveda shampoo and conditioner, I was really happy to be given a free gift of four travel sized products, one of them being the Aveda Hand Relief.
My hands suffer from dermatitis and my job involves a lot of hands on work, so naturally my hands are in pretty bad condition most of the time. I get through gallons of hand cream to keep them looking the same age as I am!! Most hand creams I have tried feel way too strong on my skin and they actually sting when I apply them, Aveda Hand Relief is different.
Hand Relief is quite a thick, rich cream yet it is very easily absorbed and doesn't feel greasy. It immediately nourishes and soothes dry, chapped skin and gives a long lasting effect. I normally find that applying once a day is enough to keep your hands soft and smooth all day. The cream also helps to relieve the signs of aging, even though I'm only 23 I have found this to be true as before I started using this cream my hands looked they belonged to an old lady! Hand Relief contains hydrating plant emollients, humectants, exfoliating fruit acids and anti-oxidants vitamins A and E which aid in the nourishment and anti-aging of the skin.
PRICE AND AVALIABILITY
The downside to this product is that it is slightly expensive at £16.50 for a 125ml bottle from Aveda counters and their website. You may, however, be able to find the product cheaper at online sites such as Amazon, Ebay and Look Fantastic. Their is also a smaller travel size tube avaliable at £5.25 for 40ml, which is quite handy as you can carry it around with you.
I really love this hand cream, it is by far the best one I have used. Even though it is quite expensive, the fact that you are not required to apply it throughout the day means that the product will last. I normally apply the size of a pea for both hands and massage in, which will hydrate and soften the hands beautifully! The smell is also really lovely and lasts all day without being overpowering. It smells quite herbal and really fresh like lemons, yummy!!
I would highly recommend trying this hand cream as it really is amazing stuff. My hands look and feel great since I started using the cream four months back and those horrible old, dry, chapped, sore hands are a thing of the past (thank god). I would maybe suggest trying the travel sized tube as it is handy to carry around with you and spending a fiver on hand cream isn't as much of a shock as spending £16!! Mine has lasted me 4 months and I still have some left, which isn't bad going really.
It is worth buying this product just for the comedy value of the name alone - you definately get raised eyebrows when you say to your friends that they should take advantage of hand relief in the bathroom - sorry, I know, cheap joke, but does work every time.
Bad comedy aside, this product is great for dry skins or hands in general that work hard. Just like its companion product Foot Relief, which I have already written about, this is a really rich cream which is lovely to apply. The cream is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves your hands feeling instantly softer without being at all greasy.
The product does have a strong fragrance though - like many Aveda products the smell is very "herby" and whilst the Foot Relief has just the right mix, I must admit I find it a bit overpowering in a hand cream. The fragrance also lasts for quite some time - great if you love the fragrance, not so great if you don't.
Price wise, well at £16ish for a 125ml tube from the Aveda website, quite a lot for a handcream, and although it really does work well, the fragrance does put me off from buying it again, when there are lots of lovely smelling creams out there. If you do have very dry hands though, it would be worth a try just for the moisturising effect and you can try a 40ml tube for £5 - you never know, you may just like it!
A bit about me:
Generally I am not really one for spending a lot of money on cosmetics or creams. Apart from the odd treat at Christmas or birthdays, I will do a lot of research and pick the product that does the best job for as little cash as possible. Pretty much the area of my beauty regime that I will spend the least on, is my hands which is daft because due to years of eczema, my hands look far far older than I am. I am 35, my hands, bless em, are 60!
Eczema has left them dry and extremely sensitive so I need to take care with the products I use. My mum gave me one of her half full tubes of Aveda Hand relief cream insisting that it was fantastic and I should try it.
It promise to soothe dry, chapped hands leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. It contains hydrating plant emollients, humectants, exfoliating fruit acids and anti-oxidants (that's vitamins A and E to me and you).
Finally, with prolonged use, it is said to help diminish signs of ageing and increase elasticity in skin.
What I think of the product:
The first thing I noticed was the incredibly edible smell - it smells very lemony but like a lemon drizzle cake rather than the sharp fragrance you would usually associate with lemons. It makes my hands smell gorgeous (and makes me a bit peckish for cake!).
The texture is very rich and luxurious - you only need to use a tiny amount and its easily absorbed by the skin. It leaves minimal greasy residue at first but does sink in fairly quickly.
It has a long lasting effect and keeps my hands moisturised for ages without the need to constantly reapply. It also hasn't irritated my skin whatsoever.
I have only been using it for about two weeks so I'm not in a position to comment on whether its claims of anti aging are true, but my mum is a long term user and swears this is one that does actually work! We'll see..
Now for the bad part - the cost!
It's effects are long lasting and you don't need to reapply every half an hour. For that reason it could be argued that it's cost effective, but there is no getting away from the fact that this product will set you back a hefty £16.15 for an 125ml tube (prices from Aveda online).
There are some people who just wouldn't or couldn't pay that amount even if it delivered miracles. I haven't decided whether I would buy this for myself but may pop it on a birthday wishlist.
It is a good product but I reckon I could always find something else to spend £16 on.
You wouldn't have believed i'm only 27 from looking at my hands. They are always dry and wrinkly looking. The area round my cuticles is usually red, cracked and sore. This is partly due to washing up, but mainly due to the fact that i've never really taken care of my hands. Then whilst in Aveda buying some delicious smelling shampoo i saw a travel size of this and decided to give it a go.
What Aveda say:
Incredibly rich moisture therapy soothes dry, chapped hands--leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. Hydrating plant emollients, humectants, exfoliating fruit acids and anti-oxidants--including vitamins A and E--help diminish signs of aging and provide optimal relief.
How much is it and where can i get it?
I bought the travel size which is 40mls for £4.89. The regular size is 125mls and cost £15.17. To be honest i prefer having the travel size. It's easy to throw in my bag, have in the car or gym bag. I'm not sure i'd be as likely to carry the full size around. I bought mine from an Aveda stand in Selfridges but aveda have a website that does mail order www.aveda.co.uk and they have stand alone stores and salons in most major cities.
What did i think:
The first thing i noticed when i unscrewed the lid was the smell. I got a real burst of lemon. So much so that after applying to my hands i couldn't stop smelling them. Best of all the scent lasted and really was a pick me up. The texture is very rich, thick and luxuriant. That being said i didn't find it at all greasy and my skin just drank it in. As soon as i applied my hands immediately looked in better condition. Again they weren't greasy but almost glowed with healthy radiant skin. I also found that after regular usage for a week my skin genuinely improved, as did my cuticles. Gone was the red and cracked skin and here was real young and well conditioned skin. Finally hands that suited my age!
How i applied:
You can apply this whenever you want. I have become a little of a hand cream addict, so i apply at every opportunity. I always apply after washing my hands, after washing up and after the gym. It's great to carry in a bag and although it is not cheap you only use the smallest pea sized amount and that really does both hands. The travel size lasted me over 2 months, and like i said im a REGULAR user.
Great little cream to have with you. I wouldn't be tempted to buy the larger size, probably more likely to buy mulitple travel sizes then i am never without this miracle worker that has given me my hands back!
I always use hand creams as my hands are prone to being very dry, but decided to buy the Aveda Hand Relief when recommended by a friend.
It cost my around £15.00 which is more pricey than other hand creams that I tend to buy, but thought I would give it a go anyway.
It comes in a small white tube with a screw lid, which is also recyclable, and says Aveda Hand Relief on the front with a picture of a little hand. The cream inside is quite thick, you only need a small blob in the palm of your hand. When you rub it is it immediately feels softer than other hand creams. It leaves your hands feeling moisterised for a long time, and I found that they didnt go back to being as dry even after washing them.
The smell is really nice, herbally, but not too overpowering. They use all natural products to make it too so you know there is no bad chemicals too. It also works quite well to moisterise other parts such as dry knees etc.
A really good product, although I haven't bought it again, just because there are other cheaper products that work just as well. but I would still recommend to anyone who was wiling to pay a bit more for a hand cream.
OK I shall get the obvious double entrendre out of the way first. It always makes me giggle when my husband has been working in the garden all day and comes in and moans about how dry his hands are and I as the dutiful wife ask him if he would like some Hand Relief. This used to bring a broad smile to his face until he realised I was offering him Aveda's Hand Relief - an intensively moisturising hand cream and not something else.
I first came across this product as a samples which were put into my bag after I had purchased other Aveda products (anyone who has read any of my reviews knows I am quite an Aveda afficionado) and to be honest for years I just used to bin said samples because I used another handcream. Suffering from eczema makes choosing a handcream difficult and having found one that I liked and got on with I wasn't about to change brands suddenly. Then one day the inevitable happened - I ran out of my usual brand when I was quite poorly and couldn't get out to buy some more. And as any eczema sufferer knows moisturisers can be lifesavers. Knowing that I had recently bought some Aveda haircare I wondered if they had slipped a sample in and lo and behold I had two of them.
My hands were incredibly dry and I could see the red itchy blotches ready to break out so I liberally applied a good 10p size blob of this cream to my palm and distributed it evenly between the palm and back of my hands. What I noticed immediately apart from the heady herbal aroma (I will talk about that in a moment) was the smooth consistency of the cream. It wasn't runny - it was thick but it was easy to spread and rub in. It wasn't lumpy - I have used thick creams in the past that can sometimes seem a bit grainy especially if they use shea butter or cocoa butter as a base. Instead this product was perfectly smooth and consistent and very soothing.
It also didn't leave my skin feeling greasy. Yes it felt like I had used a product but it felt reasonably dry to the touch (but softer). I instantly felt that my irritated skin was calmer and although the skin has been quite badly damaged by severe outbreaks of eczema in the past it looked smoother and more supple and it felt conditioned and protected as opposed to just moisturised. In fact when I washed my hands a couple of hours later the water just danced off the back of my hand and didn't remove all the goodness the cream had put in to my skin. As soon as I could I bought a big tube and now I give my samples to friends who have also gone and bought the product.
So what exactly is in this cream which makes it so effective. Well like any Aveda product they use natural plant based extracts, many of which are either organic or farmed in sustainable ways, to produce high quality beauty products. Of course there will be chemicals but the key ingredients are based on centuries of knowledge of the natural remedies and botanical uses. In this particular product the effective ingredients are licorice extract, Meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin A and E.
Licorice extract is an anti irritant and this makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin or with skin conditions. An alternative name for licorice is sweet wood and this is the sweet heady aroma that greets you when you apply this product. In some ways you also get citrus notes but it is a lovely warm smell which has quite a calming effect on the senses as well as the skin. Personally I love it but some might find it a bit overpowering. In fact if ever you go to an Aveda counter or salon and they offer you a small cup of their Aveda herbal tea, they use licorice as the base for that too. Meadowfoam seed oil is a highly moisturising oil which does not leave the skin feeling greasy and this is particularly important when you do apply handcream regularly.
These two ingredients combined with exfoliating fruit acids and the antioxidants of vitamin A and E also help this cream prevent the signs of aging and help to give the licorice extract and meadowfoam seed oil the perfect base to allow them to work effectively. In fact Aveda also claim that with prolonged use this cream can increase the overall moisture of your skin and improve its elasticity. Well they all claim that really but I have to say that since I have been using this product the skin tone of my hands has improved considerably. Yes I have used hand cream for years but literally all they have seemed to have done in the long term is moisturise to the point of eventually feeling greasy. With Hand Relief I have felt that my skin has been improved and comments have been passed about how much better my hands now look. Of course I still get eczema outbreaks but they are more controllable - even more so than when I regularly used other products.
So how much does Hand Relief cost? Well normally in the Aveda stores it is £15.50 for a 125ml tube but you can get it cheaper on some internet beauty sites like StrawberryNET. It is expensive but because it increases your overall moisture levels in the skin the amount you use eventually reduces so you might go through the first one quickly (even then it lasts 6 to 8 weeks) but the next few last 3 or 4 months. I use mine twice a day now and I probably use a 5p size blob. Obviously if I have been gardening or cleaning and my hands become really dry I use alot more product but then I tend to put loads on and put cotton gloves on overnight and this sorts me out a treat. Ordinarily the product comes in a soft white plastic tube which like all Aveda products is recyclable (as long as your local authority can recycle it). It is easy to use and you can easily control the amount of the product you use so you minimise any wastage. And if you do apply too much well it absorbs easily and if you keep rubbing your hands together it will eventually all melt into your skin so again you don't waste it and you won't need to use very much next time.
However in October you can buy 150ml of this product for £15.50 as Aveda do a special size in conjunction Breast Cancer Awareness Month and £2 is donated to Breast Cancer Research when you purchase the special pink lidded and labelled tubes - so if you needed a noble cause and a bit of extra value for money now is a good time to purchase it.
Overall I and my husband (who won't buy handcream himself but happily uses mine) love this product and how it makes our skin feel. I use it to protect and moisturise my skin in my constant battle with my eczema and I know it won't irritate it and he uses it to help his skin when he has been doing more manual jobs around the house and when he has been out in the cold alot and both of us notice the difference this product can make. Yes it is expensive but it does a fantastic job of making our hands look beautiful.