Earlier this week I posted about one of my favorite ways to keep my hands soft: using a good exfoliating scrubs. The second step is, of course, moisturizing. There are some great hand creams on the market, especially those offering a good SPF, but once again, when doing a little extra for my hands I'm looking for products with active ingredients in a face-grade formula. Donatella Versace famously uses tubs of Creme de la Mer on her feet, but I'm not quite there yet. Instead, a stroll through the cosmetics aisle at Whole Foods brought me a bottle of Vitamin K Creme Plus by Jason Natural Cosmetics. I usually have a couple of Jason products around (have they stopped making their pure shea butter? I've used it for years but can't find it now), such as the hand wash (very gentle on my dry hands). But this was the first time I bought one of their face creams.
Jason Vitamin K Creme Plus boasts a long list of natural ingredients, including some that can be irritating for a sensitive face. I never used this cream on my own face, so I can't comment, but for hands this is truly fabulous. The cream is not greasy at all and absorbs right away, so no issues with slathering and typing. My hands are left feeling soft, and the effect lasts for hours. The high concentration of Vitamin K promises
"to tone down redness, minimize the appearance of broken blood vessels and bruises, reduce burning sensation, lighten under-eye circles and moisturize extremely dry skin"As far as I can tell the back of my hands has been looking smoother and more even. Of course, I use sunblocks and AHA creams, so this can't be attributed to Jason alone (I've been using it for the past 8 or 9 weeks), but it is a great product to keep hands in top shape. It comes in a neat pump bottle that puses out the perfect amount of cream for both hands while keeping everything airtight and clean.
Aqua/Water/Eau (Purified Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Certified Organic), MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Vegetable Squalane, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1) (Vit K), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract (Certified Organic), Ceteareth 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract (Certified Organic), Steareth 20, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), Stearyl Alcohol, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher's Broom) Extract, Potassium Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (Certified Organic), Sonchus Oleraceus Extract (Milk Thistle), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Crataegus Monogina (Hawthorn) Fruit Extract, Arginine HCl, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) (Vit E), Bioflavonoid Complex, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract (Yarrow), Panthenol (Vit B5), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Bromelia Balansea (Bromelian) Extract, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Cetyl Esters, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) (Vit. C), Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Phospholipid Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Annatto Extract (Color)
Jason Natural Cosmetics Vitamin K Creme Plus ($22.95, 2oz) is available at Whole Foods and from drugstore.com where all skincare is currently on sale for 20% off.