The Body Shop Almond Oil Hand Care

This has pretty much nothing to do with this post, but since when does that ever stop me from posting a cute cat picture? 
Over the past year or so my fascination with nail polish bloggers has resulted in two things: lots of nail polish, and a realization that my cuticles completely suck. I am extremely prone to hangnails, and the skin around my nails is always dry. I have a tendency to kind of absent-mindedly pick at my cuticles too, apparently. Becoming more aware of this has made me of course want to solve the problem, and since The Body Shop recently had a Groupon, I decided to give their hand care a try.
I picked up two things – the Almond Oil Daily Hand & Nail Cream, and their Almond Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment
The hand cream was the first hand care item that caught my eye, and mostly because I love the smell of anything almond. I then read all about the benefits (it’s chock full of ingredients like almond oil, soy oil, shea butter, and lanolin) and really became intrigued. This hand cream also contains panthenol to help keep nails from splitting. Nice. I tried it in the store, to see if it would feel greasy. So many hand creams claim to be super duper moisturizing, and usually they are, but at the expense of me feeling like I have greasy hands all day. Fine if you want to wear spa gloves and lounge around, but who has time for that? Not me! I was very pleasantly surprised by this hand cream absorbing quickly and not leaving any greasy feeling. Sold! It has a soft, sweet almond smell that I just love. The smell does linger, too. Yummy. The packaging is good for on the go, being just a convenient squeeze tube I can toss in a purse.
However, my cuticles are in need of special help, so I also picked up the cuticle oil treatment. It’s in a nifty click pen with a lid that doubles as a cuticle pusher. I love it! The oil treatment is more of a gel-like consistency so it doesn’t run all over the place. It has the same sweet smell as the hand cream. It claims to also help whiten nails, and I don’t know if it does that but it has definitely helped fade some of the stains on my nails left by matte polish (I skipped base coat). 
Show those cuticles who’s boss.
Since my “problem” area is the cuticles and the skin just around my nails, I opted for the hand cream + cuticle treatment approach. However, if you have seriously dry skin on your hands, they also offer a more intense version of their hand cream
The hand cream runs $16 for a 3.4 oz tube, while the cuticle treatment is $12 for .06 oz. I have been using the cream twice a day and the cuticle oil once a day just since yesterday and I can already tell quite a difference. They feel magnificent, my hands are looking nicer, and feeling less dry. 
I got mine from The Body Shop’s freestanding store, but you can also get these from their website. This line is not offered on Sephora, though other Body Shop products are.

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