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I’ve run out of my favourite hand cream. It was a tragedy because I’ve been around the block and come to the conclusion that most if not all hand cream is just too greasy for me, despite every claim of being non greasy or oily. Before I ran out to buy a new one however, I remembered that I had one from Biotherm.
The Biotherm Biomains Age-Delaying Hand & Nail Treatment sounds a lot like the one from Clarins and it also came well liked by my Canadian buddy Tracy. Hey, anything that works in the harsh Canadian winters must be a winner! I was quite excited about this one 🙂
The other thing that I thought I’d tell you about is the Melvita Argan Oil Roll on Cuticle treatment. Yes, a roll on. Have you tried either one before?
I started out with the Biotherm Biomains hand cream on a wrong foot. Or maybe, wrong hand hehe… I usually slather on body oil before bed, followed by hand cream. Its only something I’ve been doing recently in a valiant effort to keep visible skin-ageing at bay. You did know that hands show signs of age more significantly than your face right? So it does pay to take care of your hands.
Anyway, when I use the Clarins hand treatment, it seems to blend well with whatever remaining oil on my hands and in a very short time, I can handle my bedtime reading without leaving oily prints all over. So, I thought the Biotherm one would too. It doesn’t, and left me feeling a bit nonplussed. So, I said on Instagram that I didn’t like it very much.
I’ll revise my view now. It is a pretty good hand cream in that its not oily or greasy or sticky once its set if you use it on its own. I use a generous squirt, rub my hands together and it does remind me a lot of the Clarins hand cream in this regard. The upside is that this smells a heck lot better than Clarins! So if you are averse to hand creams like I am, do consider trying either the Clarins one or this Biotherm Biomains one. They’re both really non greasy. The age-delaying bit is a big plus of course, and it seems to keep my hands well moisturised and not dry. I will use this up as best I can but I don’t plan to repurchase because despite the scent, I prefer the Clarins one.
The other item I’d been trying out for a bit is by organic French brand, Melvita. The Argan Oil with Geranium Roll-on for hands, nails and cuticles comes in a very slim glass tube and smells strongly of geranium oil. If you like it, its soothing but its strong.
What you do with this, is roll on the oil where you need it, and then rub it in so it absorbs into your skin. However, I found it far too fiddly to be practical. For hands, I’d say its a waste of time because our hands are big, and you will be sitting there forever rolling on the oil all over your hands. Easier to just get something with a pump.
For nails and cuticles, you roll on the oil around your cuticles and nail and then rub it in. I hit another snag. The roller is a temperamental beast.
To start, I had to roll it along my hands for ages before a hint of oil even appeared. You’d think that once it gets flowing it’ll be alright but that isn’t so.
Using the roll on is a bit like playing roulette. You never know if you’d get any oil out on the first try. So while the oil may be good for the cuticles and nail bed, this isn’t something I like. I much prefer using oil that comes in a dropper or a pump. Imminently messier but definitely easier to control.
I am horrible about taking care of my hands but I’m trying. After all, as I reminded you above, hands show age faster then we know, and it wouldn’t be much use taking care of our face and then having our parchment skin hands give things away, eh? 😉
Have you tried either the Biotherm hand cream or the Melvita cuticle oil? Do you have a fave hand and nail care product?
Im usually very lax about my hands so the only concession to taking care of them is intensive application of the Clarins hand cream before bed. So far so good! *touch wood!* 😉
Biotherm Biomains Age-Delaying Hand and Nail Treatment Price: to be confirmed Availability : All Biotherm counters ; Melvita Argan Oil Roll on Cuticle treatment Price: RM51/10ml Availability : Melvita stores