Behind Hand Chemistry is a Canadian outfit called Deciem that likes to pitch itself as “the abnormal beauty company.” Abnormal indeed. At least for it’s almost manic focus on actives (see my review of sister brand NIOD’s eye serum); and how many other lines do you know that focus on hands!
I’ve been testing Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex ($20) and it is hands on way, way better than your average drugstore hand cream, nailing it with a combination of amino acids and some well chosen extracts. A medium weight cream, it is rich enough to make hands feel pampered, but leaves no greasy residue.
Hand Chemistry claims that just under 20% of the formula is made up of active ingredients — worth boasting about when you’d be very lucky to get 10% in many drugstore formulas. I found this to be a good workday hand lotion that kept my hands feeling hydrated and supple.
On of the key ingredients is neodermyl, a combination of copper lysinate/prolinate and methylglucose phosphate that is supposed to boost collagen l and collagen ll. Although this is not a big copper peptide gun, it is respectable with two amino acids. In addition, the formula has three other amino acids, proline, alanine and serine.
The main plant extract (plukenetia volubilis) has fatty acids that are precursers to wound healing and antixodant potency equivalent to vitamin C (source). There are several natural ingredients that assist with water retention: pseudoalteromonas ferment and tremella.
There are a few potential irritants to be aware of: propanediol, alcohol, sodium hydroxide and fragrance. However, I had no adverse effects during my month-long test.