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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
Health & Fitness

4you Beauty Board Tests Hand Creams

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If you’re never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We’ll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you. Check out our online database of reviews at TBO.com, search: Health

Be Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream from Cake Beauty

Available at Kohl’s stores and www.kohls.com; $10 for 4 ounces

“Give hard-working hands a well-deserved treat with this ultra-nourishing hand cream enriched with shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera.”

Rating: C+

Cloe says: We spend lots of time and money on face creams to stay young-looking, but your hands show your age faster than your face, so a good hand cream with an SPF is a must for me. This hand cream has a delectable amount of nourishing ingredients that leave my hands feeling soft, smooth and nourished without any greasy after-feel, which I love. And the scents —vanilla and cream, coconut and cream, lemon and cream and strawberry and cream — smell so yummy, you’ll be hard-pressed not to take a bite of your fingers. I actually had people ask what scent I was wearing after I applied it. But my hands cross into crocodile territory on the moisture scale and my cuticles are super-dry (they’ve actually bled), and this hand cream didn’t have the lasting power I craved. I found myself having to reapply every couple of hours. And I really wish it contained an SPF so I wouldn’t have to use two products on my hands.

Cloe Cabrera, 45, writes about Entertainment and Style for the Tribune, TBO.com and Centro Tampa

Erbaviva Hand Cream

Available at erbaviva.com and Amazon.com; $16 for 2.5 ounces

“Known for its anti-wrinkle effects, provides deep moisture to help restore skin’s elasticity.”

Rating: B+

Michelle says: Of all the indignities imposed upon me due to aging — and there are plenty — the condition of my hands is low on the list. I rarely pay any attention to how they look. Then I got this hand cream, and it became very clear to me just how much I needed to given them a little TLC. Egads, they were dry and wrinkly, and I hadn’t noticed this? I began applying this cream three times a day and became addicted. With a formula that combines extracts from herbs, flowers and fruits, combined with essential oils and shea butter, the lotion leaves my hands feeling hydrated and supple with no hint of greasiness. (I also use it to soften up my cuticles and the rough heels of my feet.) And it has this wonderful subtle scent of orange. It’s a bit pricey, but absolutely worth it.

Michelle Bearden, 59, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, TBO and WFLA-TV.

DHC Olive Hand Cream

Available at dhccare.com; $6.50 for 1.9 ounces

“Reward hard-working hands with this protective, skin-loving lotion.”

Grade: A

Clarisa says: I know one of the telltale signs of aging is your hands. Even Joan Rivers said, “Believe me, you can hide a lot of things, but the hands always give it away.” Despite that, I don’t pay enough attention to them. Combine aging with weekends pulling weeds, and my hands are often dry and ashy. After using this olive hand cream though, I’m determined to add it to my daily routine. The cream — which has meadowfoam seed oil, olive oil, aloe and allantoin — gets high marks for several reasons. It’s not greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin. I applied it often at my desk and could still type without my fingers slipping on the keyboard. It’s practically odorless. So many hand creams have an overpowering scent, competing with your perfume. The cream also doubles as a treatment for dry, cracked cuticles. And the price is very reasonable, as you only need to use a small amount.

Clarisa Gerlach, 41, is a TBO.com news editor.

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr

Not available in stores locally, but online at http://www.koraorganics.com/; $43 for 3.04 ounces

“A unique anti-aging blend of Noni Extract, Avocado and Olive Oil to create the perfect rich, healing and replenishing potion for hands and nails. Ideal for re-hydrating hands and cuticles leaving them soft, smooth and renewed.”

Rating: C

Janine says: I am not in the habit of regularly using hand cream. My hands are “working hands” that cook and clean and type and do yard work. They are not pampered and creamed. So to suddenly start copiously applying a $43 tube of cream, you’d think my neglected paws instantly would be transformed into the delicate hands of Duchess Kate Middleton. I gave this cream a few weeks to rehydrate and renew my hands, nails and cuticles without seeing any significant improvement. A little overzealous when squeezing out a dose, I often looked for a place to apply the surplus and got into the habit of applying it to the dry skin of my décolleté. I definitely had more noticeable results there than on my hands, probably because I wasn’t constantly washing it right back off. The scent is as light and bland and inoffensive as you would expect from an organic product, but I personally prefer a stronger fruity floral or citrus bouquet to perk me up throughout the day.

Janine Dorsey, 43, is a producer for TBO.com

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