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Although I have enjoyed Lather soaps in the past, I had yet to try the brand’s other products after its expansion to moisturizers and skin treatments. So when asked by TIA to try out the Lather AHA Hand Crème with Evening Primrose ($18/4oz), I welcomed the task with hopes of giving my over-washed hands and their constant tendency to dry out some much needed pampering.

The very rich cream came in a simple white and periwinkle blue plastic jar with a screw-on lid. The no-frills packaging looks close to clinical and seems like something that came from a dermatologist’s office. Because this cream is very rich and emollient, just a little amount applied and massaged on the hands really goes a long way. Initially, it feels sticky, but the greasy feeling dissipates once the cream is fully absorbed into the skin, which immediately begins to appear moisturized.

Lather says that this hand treatment “contains alpha-hydroxy acids (natural substances derived from fruits) that encourage cell renewal and help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. In addition, the infusion of chamomile, combined with evening primrose and lemongrass oils, help maintain soft and healthy looking hands.”

Also in the cream’s formulation are oils of safflower, rose hip, lemon, and grapefruit. Aside from these oils, there are extracts of aloe, arnica, grapeseed, and lime. Though these are ingredients I can be comfortable with, there are some that the “purists” among us would probably frown upon such as: stearyl alcohol, ceteareth 20, ethylhexyl palmitate, Peg-100 stearate (all of which were among the first 10 in the list), cyclomethicone, and phenoxyethanol. These ingredients were found by Cosmetic Ingredient Review assessments as having from low to moderate hazard concerns/ratings on EWG’s Skin Deep website.

Nevertheless, I continued with the application of Lather’s hand treatment cream as instructed. As I mentioned earlier, upon applying, massaging and absorption of the cream, my hands felt immediately supple and silky. After four weeks of use, applied at least twice a day (morning and evening), my hands remain soft and smooth to the touch. There are no sun spots on my hands just yet, thanks to sunscreen lotions, so I can’t speak of this cream’s efficacy for that particular concern. However, there was really no visible or remarkable change that I was hoping to see in terms of diminished fine lines. These results might just be enough to expect for now, especially for hands of a 50+ active working woman. I’ll keep applying the cream, maybe even look through a magnifying glass occasionally, to detect even the most subtle changes to the skin texture. There’s still a lot of the cream left in the 4-oz jar to maybe last another month, so I would say there’s good value in this jar of AHA treatment cream for the above results that I achieved.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), stearyl alcohol, glycerine, ceteareth 20, ethylhexyl palmitate, decyl oleate, peg-100 stearate, mixed fruit acid (AHA), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, avena sativa (hydrolized oat) protein, fucus vesiculosus L (bladderwrack) extract, aloe barbadensis extract, arnica montana (arnica) extract, cyclomethicone, vitis vinifera (grapeseed) extract, rosa canina (rosehip) oil, decyl olivate, citrus aurantifolia (lime) extract, xanthan gum, tocopheryl acetate, cetyl alcohol, matricaria chamomilla L (chamomile) oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, phenoxyethanol, sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) oil, oxy CA (rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract co2 and ascorbyl palmitate and caprylic/capric triglycerides and ascorbic acid and tocopherol and citric acid)