Ellen Sirot's fatty acid packed Hand Perfection Nail & Cuticle Treatment
($22) has become a must carry in my purse. The hand supermodel's range of helpful handmaidens extends to moisturizers, cleansers and the (to my mind) eccentric glovettes (leopard print fingerless gloves for protecting mitts from the sun). Thanks to the generosity of Ms Sirot's team, I have a Hand Perfection Night Solution
moisturizer ($75) and Hand Perfection Moisturizing Cleanser for Hands
($30) for a reader to review.
The cleanser has none of those nasty drying sulfates or harsh surfactants. In fact, disodium cocamphodiacetate
is the surfactant of choice and even those picky people at the EWG can't find fault with it. Derived from the fatty acids of coconut, it is mild enough to be used in baby products. Similarly, cocamidepropyl betaine is also safe and increasingly being used to replace the potentially carcinogenic cocamide DEA
Once you get past the silicones, the Night Solution moisturizer has moisturizing sodium hyaluronate
, trelahose, urea and glycerin. There is also lactobionic acid, a polyhydroxy acid (PHA). It is claimed that this is more effective than AHAs whilst less irritating to skin because it has a large molecular structure, limiting its ability to penetrate into the skin. Vitamin E and B are backed up by antioxidant green tea, while licorice is helpful for hyperpigmentation. Apart from a couple of the usual suspects in the preservative department, there's nothing to dislike.
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Ingredients in Night Solution
Water, cyclopentasiloxane, stearoxymethicone/dimethicone copolymer, dimethicone, polysorbate 20, isohexadecane, sodium hyaluronate, lactobionic acid, glycerin, tocopheryl acetate, panthenol, sodium pca, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, n-acetyl d glucosamine, carageenan, urea, trehalose, polyquaternium-51, triacetin, butylene glycol, camellia oleifera leaf extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, polydodecanamideaminium triazad diphenylethene sulfonate, polyvinylalcohol crosspolymer, ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, polysorbate 80, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol.
Ingredients in Cleanser
Water, glycerin, cocamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside, potassium C12-13 alkyl phosphate, disodium cocamphodiacetate, PEG-150 distearate, glycol distearate, linoleamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate, sodium borageamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate, methylisothiazolinone.