Hand Lotion from the Face Shop

I usually have dry, calloused hands, mostly from rock climbing 2-3 times a week. The combination of hanging onto the rock climbing holds, and rubbing chalk on my hands to maintain grip on said holds, really contributes to the dryness. I could even help you exfoliate your skin, by running my hand down the side of your face…if you’re into that sort of thing (it turns out not most of my friends are actually not into that sort of thing).

Anyways, I hadn’t gone climbing in a few weeks so my hands are significantly softer, and….moister? Not as dry? Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There’s vomit on my swe- okay, y’all get the point. My recent, slightly sweaty palms and ability to relate to Eminem (there is a purpose to this long introduction, I promise. Hang in there for a bit longer)…

During the winter, my hands are even drier because of the cold (despite wearing gloves), and sometimes they crack. So one day, my friend became so weary of seeing my cracked hands in class (and of me trying to exfoliate her face), that she gave me a container of hand cream from The Face Shop:


Effectiveness: the lotion is fairly light and creamy, so your hand won’t feel greasy afterwards. It was probably effective for 2-3 hours in the winter, and closer to 4-5 hours during the spring for me. Usually, I need something thicker like Glysomed to be effective in the winter. So in conclusion, it worked great during warmer months, but not so much during the colder months.

Here’s a glamour shot of my unadorned hand, post-lotion (applied Spring 2016):

Looks (and feels) pretty moisturized to me.

Scent: While the picture on the packaging appears to be an avocado (I think?), it smelled like a pear.

Packaging: It’s pretty cute. I mean, look at that little panda head, poking out from behind! However, I was afraid to pack this on my carry-on bag when I boarded a plane recently. There isn’t a description of the lotion on the packaging, nor is there a mention of volume, so I was afraid it would be confiscated. Cute packaging, but maybe not the most ideal for flying…

Recommendation: If you have really dry hands, I recommend going with something thicker. If you have not-as-dry hands, I recommend going with something cheaper. This lotion retails for $11.31 CAD for only 30 ml (see link below). In comparison, you can get an entire 320 ml container of Vaseline for slightly under $10 CAD at Walmart. And lastly, if you have perpetually moist/sweaty palms, I don’t imagine that any lotion would be helpful.

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find this lotion on the Face Shop’s website (perhaps they have stopped selling it?), but it is on YesStyle if you are interested in reading more about it.

**As you may have noticed from the glamour shots of my hand, I am not married (currently single). So feel free to take me out to dinner and/or buy me a pizza.**