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Review: LUSH Helping Hands

I have to admit. I'm not a huge hand person.

I've never really cared about how my hand looked until recently. I've noticed that my hands don't look as fresh and tight as they used to. Especially when photographed closely, they seem to look like a set of old lady's hands.

Well, with my situation of living out of nowhere at the moment (sephora or any beauty store is so far away), I didn't bother to go out and look for any solutions regarding my dry hands.

Not until I got to Chicago a week ago.

I wasn't prepared for the extremely cold weather and went there underdressed. I walked around for a day without gloves and since I tend to take a lot of pictures, my hands were constantly exposed to the dry and cold weather.

Here's a look at my hand during the second day in Chicago.

So dry, it went to a point where I felt like my skin was cracking painfully.

I had a chance to go to Macy's, and luckily LUSH was there. Although I've heard so many people rave about LUSH, I was never drawn to the brand for some reason. I asked for the thicker hand lotion and was given 'helping hands'. The SA applied some on my hand and massaged it through. I wasn't really impressed with the cream at first. It felt a bit too watery compared to my L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (which I have sitting around in LA). But I was feeling ready for a change so I purchased it nonetheless and used it throughout my trip and have come to love it.

The lotion is in a typical LUSH packing and has a lavender colored cream in it. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but it's not all that strong, so it shouldn't bother those that don't like it.
The price was about 17 or 18ish (USD) - you can check it out here.

The Pros: Does the job.
It's all about protecting the hands from drying out, and I think this product does the job pretty well. Also, the hand stays moisturized for a very long time. So in theory, if you were to be outdoors like me for the entire day, you would only need to reapply once or twice. That's pretty impressive! :)

The Cons: Takes a while for your hands to absorb.
When you apply it, it has that initial stage where your hands are greasy and everything you touch has that grease smear.
That was the only annoying thing for me because the grease would get on my camera grip and LCD screen while I was using my camera.

Here's how the hand looks after one application.

And a close up of the before and after application.

So what do you guys think?
Do you guys have a HG hand lotion?

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