There’s a reason that there haven’t been any nail polish posts on my blog for a while, and that reason is that my hands have been looking truly awful. My hands are naturally dry, and they seem to be getting worse as I get older, becoming painfully dry around the cuticles. My new found gardening activities are not really helping matters either.
If my hands are going to look anything close to normal I need to apply hand cream regularly. Of late, simply applying rich hand creams such as my Lanolips Rose Balm Intense and The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector (both for very dry hands and nails), hasn’t been working, so I decided to explore Etsy for barrier creams.
I found many barrier/ gardener’s/ knitter’s handcreams on Etsy, but decided on this one because it came in a 120ml jar – slightly bigger than the rest – and is made in a small country town called Boyup Brook, in Western Australia, just down the road from me.
This handcream is serious stuff : olive oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter are among the first ingredients listed on the jar. It is also fragranced with tea tree, sandalwood, and lavender oil which imparts the cream with anti-bacterial qualities. I can’t really say how well this anti-bacterial quality works, but if it keeps a few extra germs of my hands and out of the pot, then well and good. The smell is vaguely medicinal because of the essential oils.
Tranquillita Barrier Cream is a whipped consistency, making it easy to scoop out of the pot. There’s also no need to wait for the product to melt to become pliable like some other barrier creams. Once applied, it takes about 20 minutes to sink into the skin. Before this time, you will leave greasy, splodgy marks around the house, but once it has sunk in, it will leave your hands beautifully moisturised for hours. I find that the effect does withstand handwashing, which is impressive.
I’m already onto my second jar of this stuff; it’s made a huge difference to the look of my hands and the strength of my nails. I still apply it around four times a day and once at night, but this cream could be used as a night treatment for people with more normal hands than mine.