Okay I am completely obsessed with hand cream's and I have lots of brands and get lots bought for me as there clearly easy presents to buy for me! But I love it so its fine even if a bit boring.
I actually spoilt my mother and bought the La Mer Hand Treatment for her as a christmas present as her hands are starting to age and with her having lived abroad for 40 years of her life in the sun she started to get dark spots. I knew she hated them but never knew there was actually a hand cream that could help with diminishing them until I stumbled upon this when doing my routine shop at La Mer. Well I was so excited even if a bit blown away by the £70.00 price tag as its the same price as the foundation I use but hey it was a treat for the woman I love.
I was so happy when mum said she loved it (she kind of had to say that didn't she!) and meant it and showed me the proof. Her hands honestly looked more radiant and the dark spots weren't as noticeable. I genuinely mean that and I don't work for La Mer so no need to give a sales pitch.....the Hand Treatment is 100% worth the price and best of all I put a big smile on my mothers face.
Its quite shocking how badly our hands get treated and we don't always notice. Not just from dehydration (I suffer badly hence I get very dry skin quickly and I feel like my skin has shrunk!) but from harmful elements like sun, pollution, cold, so they require attention. The La Mer Hand Treatment protects and smoothes like all hand creams however this one isn't heavy, dies quickly and isn't greasy like others can be.
The science behind it is that when the cream is rubbed into the skin it causes an emollient barrier. This means it is designed to form a protective layer over the epidermis to soften the skin and prevent moisture loss. Exactly what is needed in a hand cream basically. The Skin Brightening Complex improves the colour/tone of the skin while fading the appearance of dark age spots. The special formula helps even the driest of skins and protects it.
It smells pretty great also and comes in 100ml tube which is easy to carry in a handbag and looks pretty on a desk. You only need to use the smallest amount as it spreads well.
Bit about the Brand:
"Half a century ago, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in a laboratory accident. Neither medicine nor science offered the benefits Huber desperately sought, so he began a personal quest to transform the look of his skin. After twelve years and 6,000 experiments, he perfected the precious, nutrient-rich Miracle Broth, the heart of Crème de la Mer's profound powers of transformation." (Source - John Lewis site under brand information).
I received this as a gift from my aunt and felt excited to try it as La Mer has a good reputation. It left me feeling slightly disappointed.
A silky formulation that resurfaces, protects, and heals the hands.
The cream feels luxuriously silky and instantly cools the hand down when applied. When it dried my hands felt somewhat softer, looked a little 'matte', and felt really moisturised. However, all of the hand creams I have previously used had the same effect and it didn't seem particularly special - I recall that a damask rose one from Dove was especially wonderful and made your hands feel so feminine. I continued to apply the cream for a few days and still didn't notice a difference. My mother applied some of this cream too and she reported minor irritation - I think it's because it contains natural plant extracts and fragrance chemicals. So if you have really sensitive hands, it may be wise to try this as a sample first, or otherwise stick to fragrance free hand creams.
One thing which really annoys me is that it claims to contain "declustered water". I have no idea as to what that is. I studied chemistry to an advanced level and never heard of it. La Mer claim that it penetrates skin better than regular water, BUT, there is no research proving it to be a superior choice for skin over regular water. Our skin has a tendency to take on water anyway, and too much water is in fact a bad thing - it's why many doctors will tell you to avoid sitting in a bath of water/shower for too long - our skin becomes vulnerable and its natural barrier can be impaired.
Looking at the ingredients, it's essentially algae, mineral oil, Vaseline, lime extract and thickening extracts. Nothing special, but enough to make your hands look better.
Declustered Water, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Tourmaline, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Pantethine, Cholesterol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Citronellol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
And before I forget: the price is absolutely ridiculous. Scrubbing your hands gently with honey and brown sugar, and then moisturising with your everyday (good) hand cream does the job at a fraction of the cost.