Something that I am terrified of is my hands aging prematurely. I don’t know why. I honestly don’t. It just scares me. I’ve tried taking care of them via lotion and gloves, but the past couple of years I’ve noticed that the surface of them have started wrinkling and, honestly, looking much older than I’d like. And we all know that for the best goth complexions, smooth skin looks best under that pale foundation!!!
Working through my backlog of samples, I came across a .7 oz bottle of L’Occitane Amande Concentre De Lait (Almond Milk Concentrate) and figured what the heck. I’ve been using it a few times a day for three weeks (a little dab will do ya) and I’m amazed at the transformation my hands have gone under. My hands feel soft, like my infant daughter’s skin. It doesn’t dry down greasy like so many other anti-aging lotions I’ve tried. Even after doing dishes, they feel wonderful and they LOOK younger. Plumper? Less defined lines? There’s a significant lack of hangnails that I normally get from doing dishes and other mom stuff, and my nails aren’t splitting and cracking like they normally do. My *husband* even mentioned it last night that my hands looked really good.
The cost is pretty up there – $50 for 7 ounces. I also don’t like that the full size jar is a twist lid that you have to stick your fingers into. I’m a freak about bacteria since I was 16 and got pinkeye from sharing mascara with a friend (who didn’t have symptoms but apparently had held on to the mascara for a while). However, in my search, I found plenty of these little .7 twist bottles on ebay from good sellers. The batch that I bought included 3.6 ounces of product for 20 bucks, which is a little less than SMP, but also much more manageable while I budget for a full-size jar from L’Occitane.
I’m not sure of your feelings regarding aftermarket makeup sales and swaps, but I’m a fan, especially since most places don’t take returns and I had shelves of products used once or twice that I couldnt’ do anything with. I swap with people who have something I want, they get what they want, everyone’s happy.
Anyway, if you’re a woman of a certain age (agh! That marketing term!) and wanting your hands to look their best, but haven’t been sure about this lotion, give it a try. Sephora gives samples of it a couple times a year, and with the holidays coming up, they have trial sizes of this lotion in stores (L’Occitane and Sephora) as well as website, so you can try it out and not have to buy in at the full size. And if it wasn’t for you, let me know because I’ll gladly take your samples off your hands =D