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Lather AHA Hand Crème- reader reviewed and recommended

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July 11, 2012 Reviewed by Imelda 4 Comments

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)

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  • February 11, 2015

    by peggy Murphy

    I have tried this hand cream for about 2 months. I am in my 50's and I wash my hands really a lot. Although I still seem to have some pale brown spots on my hands, I love this product for it's smoothing and hydrating properties, but especially for its wonderful rose scent. For the price, this is a good bargain. A little goes a long way.

  • February 23, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    This has been my ongoing mission for the past decade. I just turned 62. I'll let the world know via TIA when I've found the Holy Grail in hand remedy, recovery, hydration, and all things Father Time does to set our paws up as our true revealers. ~jk

  • February 22, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Karen, I am really enjoying the results from Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructer:

  • February 22, 2013

    by Karen Mellinger

    This was my favorite hand cream in my late 30s and early 40s. As I passed the hump in my 40s, I no longer found it as effective. I am a bit of a hand cream nut (actually absolutely raving), and I am still trying to find a great hand cream since I turned 50. It feels liked I've tried everything but, I'm still searching. I would love to hear about what some you have found wonderful since hitting that mark. I have always taken good care of my hands and they do look really good for my age and I'm trying to maintain that look.

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