Between the temperamental New York weather and my unwavering determination to avoid getting sick (i.e., an excessive amount of hand washing and disinfecting), this winter has been particularly harsh on my mitts. My fingers and knuckles had become dry, rough and dull, eliminating “hand modeling” as a potential side career for me. I was alternating between a couple of different lotions as well as pure coconut oil, but by the holidays, I realized I needed something a little more serious to bring my dry winter hands back to life.
Reading the reviews for Red Flower Italian Blood Orange Softening Hand Lotion ($18), I had high hopes. It has a short and sweet ingredients list that features grape seed oil, which I was already familiar with, apricot kernal oil, a source of vitamin E, and orange oil, a source of vitamin C. With an intoxicating citrus scent, Red Flower’s lotion has a thick, almost whipped texture, and my skin seemed to drink it up.
I was prepared to go the distance with this lotion to see if we had a shot at making it together, but it only ended up taking two days for my hands to completely transform and become softer than I can ever remember them being – winter, summer or any season in between. I was so pleasantly surprised by this that for the first week, I kept rubbing my hands together while grinning, like a deranged movie villain with a diabolical scheme.
While this hand lotion does have fragrance, it didn’t seem to bother my normally sensitive, 26-year-old skin. At one point, I was suspicious that I was having a reaction to it and took a week off, though I realized that it wasn't the lotion I was reacting to (who knows what it actually was — sensitive skin can leave a lot of unanswered questions). So, I'm back to using it daily, and now, it seems like I might have a shot at hand modeling, after all.