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Today’s Truth In Aging Olympics winners are hands-down fabulous. I have been on a mission this year to track down some really good hand creams and am pleased to have found some to suit every checkbook. The Gold Medal goes to Stemulation’s Rescue Repair. Mukti is invited to the podium to receive the Silver Medal for its Pink Grapefruit Hand & Body Lotion. Lather AHA Hand Crème takes the Bronze.
Stemulation Rescue Repair Hand & Body Treatment (1.7oz/$96) is made for hands, feet, elbows and knees. I have come to judge that the price is fair for a product that noticeably makes my hands look plumper and firmer. Lactic acid, an exfoliant, is a dominant ingredient. There are plenty of antioxidants in the form of Cyperus Esculentus is a kind of sedge, silybum, which has components to strengthen cell walls, and pinus pinaster can strengthen capillaries, repair collagen and help the bodies defense against the sun's rays. Antioxidants also come in the form of niacinamide, coffee and tea extracts. Read the full review
Mukti Pink Grapefruit Hand & Body Lotion (10oz/$30). Mukti cleared the first hurdle by passing the Nisha test. Nisha is a thorough and picky tester (and that is meant as a compliment!), yet Mukti’s Pink Grapefruit won her over as an ideal summer lotion. The first ingredient in the lotion is aloe vera juice which, when used topically can soothe skin and serve as an anti-inflammatory. Following that, there is an abundance of oils (macadamia ternifolia, coconut, glycerin), an oil derivative (cetearyl glucoside), and butters (cocoa and shea butyrospermum parkii) that made me wonder if this was indeed a cream and not a lotion. Read the full review
Lather AHA Hand Crème with Evening Primrose (4/0z $18). This a rich and emollient hand cream that is a good workaday moisturizer. The AHAs, from fruit acids, help smooth the skin and encourage cell turnover. The formula soothes evening primrose, arnica, chamomile and aloe. There are also antioxidant bladderwrack, grape seed and rose hip. There’s the odd PEG and some silicone, but mostly the good far outweigh the bad. This is not a heavy hitting anti-ager, but it provides daily maintenance at an excellent price point. Read the full review
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Ingredients in Stemulation: Water, aloe leaf juice, lactic acid, beta-glucan, saccharide isomerate, cyperus esculentus tuber extract, hydrolyzed pepper fruit extract, shea butter, isopropyl palmitate, stearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, pentylene glycol, hydrolyzed soybean fiber, sodium lactate, niacinamide, panthenol, coffee seed extact, camellia sinensis leaf extract, grape seed extract, vaccinium myrtillus fruit/leaf extract, silybum marianum extract, pinus pinaster bark/bud extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium stearoyl lactate, xanthan gum, fragrance, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol.
Ingredients in Mukti: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Certified Organic Macadamia (Macadamia Ternifolia) Oil; Certified Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii); Certified Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil; Cetearyl Glucoside (Vegetarian); Certified Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobromo Cacao); Glycerin (Vegetarian);Sclerotium Gum; Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Mandarin (Citrus Nobilis), Tangerine (Citrus Tangerine) & Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Ingredients in Lather: 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).