#nofilter by Denise Smith
The honest beauty column
IT’s festival season – which can only mean rainbow nails and waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care. But don’t panic if your paws are still showing the signs of the pandemic. From cleanser to skin care, here are some of best products to lend a helping hand.
RELIFE U-Life 30 Hand Cream, €14.99
CRAMMED with 30pc urea, this is hands down one of the best hand creams we’ve tried here at Magazine+ HQ.
Suitable for extremely dry and cracked skin, and even those suffering from skin conditions like dermatitis, the repairing lotion reduces redness and keeps mitts moisturised for up to 24 hours. Check out the rest of the range at relife.ie.
Bondi Sands Self Tan Body Brush, €18.99
YOU know the deal — if you must apply fake tan to your hands and feet, then do it with either a brush or a tanning mitt.
Avoid having to scrub tangoed extremities with a lemon by investing in this curved brush especially designed for the job. Promising a flawless finish, the soft bristles mould to the contours of your body — even those awkward bits in between your fingers.
Use it to apply self-tan lotion, foam or mist to your legs, arms and body in sweeping motions, then tackle your hands and feet with what’s left on the brush. The cult Aussie brand is found in Boots.
The Handmade Soap Company Bergamot & Eucalyptus Hand Scrub, €26
TREAT hard-working hands to a spa-like treatment at home with this natural scrub made from a blend of sugar and essential oil.
Rubbed then rinsed, the pampering product — which smells exactly as good as it sounds — stimulates blood flow to leave tired mitts looking and feeling ten years younger.
The cute apothecary-style jar and Art Deco
design will give your bathroom shelf a little lift too.
Dublin Herbalists Lemongrass & Bergamot Hand Wash, €14.95
WE know, we know — you’re sick of being told to ‘wash your hands’. But at least this gorgeous liquid soap, wafting of the homegrown brand’s signature scent, makes what has become a national pastime a pleasurable experience.
The Body Shop Moisture Gloves, €9.50
GET the absolute most out of your moisturiser by working the mime artist look overnight in these organic cotton gloves.
Simply slather on your favourite hand cream (don’t forget about your nails) then slip on the gloves before bedtime. If you’re not amazed at how soft your mitts are in the morning, we’ll personally give you your money back.
KISS Gel Fantasy Sculpted Nails, €10.75
NO appointment? No problem — these nifty gel nails press on in two minutes at home (or public transport, no judgement here) and last for days.
The mega-adhesive tabs now make them even easier to apply. You’ll find the collection — which also includes funky jelly nails and French nails — in McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.
Max Benjamin True Lavender Hand Sanitiser, €8
WE’RE still sanitising with a vengeance in order to keep
you-know-what at bay this summer.
Thankfully, germ-busting has never smelled better than with this blend of lavender oils from the makers of our favourite Irish candles. The ‘handy’ 100ml spray, which kills 99.9pc of nasties, is perfect for popping in your handbag.
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