I’m no farmer, but I do have mistreated hands (I crack my knuckles, peel at dry skin, wash my hands a lot, and wash dishes sometimes). Here’s something that’s been helping me treat that lately: my big tin of Burt’s Bees Hand Salve.
It’s not something that I really planned on purchasing, but I knew I wanted to try things from the Burt’s Bees line other than their classic lip balm. There’s a lot to choose from in the Burt’s Bees line, but I was drawn to the simplicity of the hand salve. It’s a waxy balm packed in a round tin–like a giant version of the tin-packaged lip balm, but for the hands! As with all Burt’s Bees products, the hand salve is made of 100% natural ingredients. You can enlarge the photo to read the ingredients list, but the things that stand out to me are lavender oil, rosemary leaf extract, and (of course) beeswax. I can really smell the lavender and rosemary, which I love because the blend of those two seems to just lift my spirits. The beeswax is of course the stuff that put Burt’s Bees in business in the first place and what gives the hand salve its slightly waxy but still smooth texture.
I have to repeat: I adore the way this stuff smells! It really smells like a mix of everything on the ingredient’s list. Love!It also actually works. I keep this on my bedside table and use it before I sleep and also before I leave the house every morning. After two weeks of use the skin on my hands is a lot softer and smoother than before, even after I wash my hands with Safeguard (the only soap I trust for handwashing, lol). Usually all of the moisture in my hands is just washes away after a good hand washing and I’m left with the same cracked hands as before. Now my hands retain most of the moisture and while I still do use other hand creams throughout the day, I don’t think my hands are dehydrated anymore. The texture, as I mentioned, is like a waxy balm. You’ll need to warm up the product with your fingers before it can be scooped out, but after a couple of uses the balm just becomes easier to work with. I took this photo for scale, but it also happens to show my fingers in the sorry state they used to be in. I’m also wearing a hideous nail polish in that photo… it’s Essie’s Skirting the Issue, which was streaky and did not apply evenly. I don’t recommend it!
Here are my hands today. I personally think that I have ugly hands talaga because of their shape and also because of those exposed veins, but the skin on them is looking so much better these days! And it’s true that when you have pretty hands and feet, you feel pretty too! Or at least more well groomed. :) It feels strange to just share a picture of my hand, but there you go! Haha. The polish I have on in this picture is Essie’s After School Boy Blazer, which is a deep navy blue that I do recommend. ;)
The Burt’s Bees Hand Salve sells for 650.00 Php (3.0 oz) at Beauty Bar. You can also buy a miniature version (.30 oz) for 225.00 Php if you want to take it around with you in your bag. I haven’t said one bad thing about this product because I can’t think of one. It’s simple, natural, and it works. The only thing others might not appreciate is the smell (taste for which is always subjective) so go and check out a tester if you can. :) Love this stuff!