Winter Skin Care

This Tropical Vacation-Inspired Hand Cream Keeps My Hands Baby Soft and Hydrated for 3+ Hours

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And just like that, winter has entered the chat. That's right, cold weather season has officially begun, which means it's time to bust out your favorite wool coat and load up on all the lip balm you can get your hands (and mouth) on. The crisp air and lack of humidity this time of year always wreaks havoc on my skin, causing my hands especially to become unbearably rough and dry. But I know I'm not the only one. If this sounds like you too, then allow me to introduce you to the hand cream that saves my skin from becoming turning into a reptilian texture (and simultaneously makes me feel like I'm on a tropical vacation).


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The Sol De Janeiro hand cream has been a game changer protecting my dry skin in New York City's 40-degree weather. Its formula includes a slew of ingredients made to nourish and replenish the skin's moisture barrier, including squalane and Brazil nut selenium. However, it's really the addition of the cupuaçu butter that gives the formula its hydrating super powers. In fact, cupuaçu butter has been described as a "super moisturizer" because it helps draw water into the skin and increase its elasticity.

And while some may consider this to be the best part of the hand cream, its scent is also what keeps people like myself coming back for more. Actually, all Sol De Daneiro products have a similar scent. This one smells like an island beach vacation and stays on for hours after you apply it. Case in point: I was able to wear it for 3.5 hours without noticing any dryness. The cream has a thick, buttery consistency—yet is extremely lightweight—so you can freely apply it to your skin whenever you need to. (It won't make your skin feel sticky, or just sit there without absorbing.) Plus, a little goes a long way. One to two pumps is enough for full coverage.

This is especially important since the skin on our hands can be pretty delicate and overly exposed to the elements. That's where Sol De Janeiro hand cream comes in. This product builds up your skin's outer layers and protects itself from moisture loss in the process.

Overall, the hand cream gives what it's supposed to give, aka, a long-lasting hydration that makes skin feel refreshed from the moment you apply it. So, no matter if you're looking for a way to keep your hands smooth or soften them up for the holidays, you can add this little tube to your list for that someone who could use a gift (maybe a belated stocking stuffer?).

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