Look down at those hands. They work hard, they hold your phone in them almost all day, they fix, they mend, they hug, they play, they stop, they start – they are at the centre of everything we do! So, give them a treat sometimes!
I have learned over the years, and a ferocious five-year battle with a particularly nasty strain of psoriasis, that hand cream is not a luxury, but a necessity. I don’t scrimp on handcream – I like to treat my hands.
Two new handcreams I’ve been drooling over of late are not cheap, but they are great. Buly’s Double Pommade Concrète (£51, Selfridges) is a foot and hand cream, and it smells gorgeous.
It contains all sorts of great oils that have loads of benefits. Tea Tree is antibacterial, and disinfectant, Manuka is a very powerful antibacterial, fungicide, and emollient. Lemongrass is a powerful fungicide, has great soothing action, and works as an insect repellent. Eucalyptus is purifying, refreshing, tonic and energising.
Sweet orange is softening, soothing, and enhances your general well-being, and Geranium is also softening, soothing, as well as being anti-wrinkle, and giving that delightful floral scent. All of these oils are combined with Shea butter to give you the rich cream your hands (and feet) deserve.
Floris has just launched two new scents into its range of Hand Treatments (£18 each, florislondon.com). Each cream has Sweet almond and jojoba oils to nourish the skin and prevent dryness, Babassu oil to soften and moisturise, and Aloe vera to sooth and calm. Vitamin E and allantoin protect the skin and help cell renewal. The creams are free from parabens, and 100% vegan.
New Cefiro is a crisp lemon and lime scent, punctuated with bergamot and mandarin, warmed by spicy notes of cardamom
and nutmeg on a fresh floral jasmine heart and a musky, woody base.
Chypress is sparkling bergamot zest wrapped in creamy orange flower with deep,v rich notes of patchouli and warm,
enveloping musk, and original scent, Rose Centifolia, has clear and green rose notes, with an uplifting zing of geranium and juniper, warmed by spicy hints of cardamom and clove with patchouli.
If you want to really treat those hands, book in for a manicure at one of the 5pm Spa & Beauty salons offering brilliant deals.
Head to Finnieston in Glasgow to I Love Nails to take up the great offer of a Luxury Manicure with Shellac polish for £28. You can book Monday to Saturday, and your hands and nails will be treated to a soak, file, and shape, cuticle work, a hand scrub, a hand mask, and a hand massage, followed by polish.
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At James Dun’s House in Glasgow, you can book in Monday to Friday for a Vinylux polish Deluxe Manicure for £28. You’ll get an exfoliating scrub, your cuticles will be tidied up, your hands massaged, and then nails filed and polished.
In Edinburgh, at PURE Spa on Lothian Road, treat your hands and your feet with a Gel Manicure + Pedicure for £60. Treatments are chip resistant for two weeks, and your manicure is done with either OPI or Longelity, with over 100 shades to choose from. It’s Leighton Denny for the pedicure, and your toenails will be shaped, buffed, cuticles tidied. You can use this deal all week.
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At Esteem Beauty in Glasgow’s West End, it’s just £25 for a Shellac polish with mini manicure. There are 22 shades to choose form, and you can go Tuesday to Saturday, to give your hands a wee treat.
At Soul Space in Glasgow, for just £15, you can get an Express Manicure and polish for just £15. It will take 30 minutes, so perhaps a nice lunchtime treat?