You see, I was at my hair salon when my stylist noted to me – wow! You have really soft hands compared to other health care workers, what’s your secret??
L’Occitane is my secret.
Of course my secret involves French soaps! Did you expect anything else from this Francophile?
|Chloé cat and I have matching nails! If you’re wondering what she’s wearing, it is these claw protectors.|
FYI I was not paid to write this. I just like their products.
If you are a nurse, doctor, housekeeper/cleaner or work any job that requires you to wash your hands a hundred times a day, I’m sure you’ve noticed by the end of the day you have very dry hands!
It’s not just washing your hands that make them so dry – but the terrible alcohol based hand cleaners are so drying it’s incredible.
So here’s my first secret.
Every night when I go to bed, I apply my favorite hand cream, L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream.
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It is a really nice creamy texture but it never leaves my hands feeling oily as with other hand creams. It also has a nice non-offensive scent as it is made of honey, almond extracts, coconut oil and Shea butter.
Ready for my next secret?
On days when my hands are so dry that they are peeling/flaking, I use their One-Minute Hand Scrub. I also try to use this about once a week.
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It is made of sugars and Shea butter, sweet almond and grapeseed oil. You simply apply it to your dry hands and massage it all over your hands for 1 minute. Then you rinse it off really well. I follow this with their hand cream and it makes my hands just so yummy soft it’s amazing. It is like having a manicure at home!
I like their shea butter nail and cuticle nourishing oil, but I do not do that religiously like I do with the above products!
I also use their hand soaps which are nourishing for your hands. I keep one of their liquid soaps next to the sink that I use the most frequently – I suppose I could buy more but they are a bit spendy so I try not to go overboard! I have tried various scents over the years. Their Verbena Shea Liquid Soap is wonderful, as is their Lavender Shea Liquid Soap. I just bought this Welcome Home Hands Cleansing Gel and I love this scent as it is inspired by a citrus garden in Provence!
As I was writing this post, I was curious, what is shea butter, anyway? It is made from the nut of the African shea tree. Here is the wikipedia page about it.
L’occtaine makes a lot of other hand creams, but I find that none of them are as moisturizing as their original Shea butter one. I do have some of the others, but I cannot say they are my secret to soft hands! They have stronger scents which may appeal to some of you!
Hope you also enjoyed the rose pictures I took of our garden this past Spring. They are all David Austin roses! It’s hard to model your own hands!