Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jergens BB Hand Cream

Quick, take a peek at your current collection of hand creams. How many of them come with sun protection? Even though I think I have a pretty extensive hoard, I recently realized none of them include SPF! I think a lot of people, including myself, forget about applying sunscreen to hands. Unfortunately, unless it's the dead of winter, hands are frequently exposed to sun, which can cause hands to look aged. There's a reason why people say you can tell a person's real age by looking at their hands!

Jergens BB Hand Cream review
This is why I was pretty excited to try the new Jergens BB Hand Cream. I'm always posting close-up photos of my hands/nails, so I really want to take good care of my hands and protect them from sun damage. On top of the SPF 20, this hand cream promises to hydrate and soften, diminish the appearance of dark spots, even skin tone, and smooth uneven texture.

The consistency is like your average hand cream (medium, kinda like The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream)--not as thick as L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and not nearly as runny as La Roche Posay Lipikar Xerand. It has a slightly powdery like you'd imagine a typical drugstore body/hand lotion, but isn't too strong.

Jergens BB Hand Cream review
Honestly, this cream performed better than I expected. I typically use Kiehl's, TBS, and L'Occitane on my hands and generally don't look at hand creams at the drugstore. However, I was surprised to find that Jergens BB Hand Cream absorbed well, left my hands feeling soft, and wasn't too greasy. I can't confirm how good it is at getting rid of dark spots and uneven skin tone, but I do think it's pretty solid if you're looking for something to moisturize and soften, with the bonus of sun protection.

Yes, you can apply regular sunscreen to your hands, but I struggle as it is remembering to apply a separate sunscreen to my face! Plus with all the hand washing that happens throughout a day, I'd rather have a product that both hydrates and reapplies sunscreen. I'm not aware of many hand creams that offer SPF, and those that do come to mind are in the $15+ range (Clinique, L'Occitane). At about $7 CAD, Jergens BB Hand Cream has both 2-in-1 convenience and a budget-friendly price point.

How many hand creams are in your stash? Do you use sun protection on your hands?

Medicinal ingredients: avobenzone 1.25%, octisalate 5%, octocrylene 1.1%
Non-medicinal ingredients: aqua, propylene glycol, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, tapioca starch, niacinamide, hydrogenated polydecene, petrolatum, dimethicone, ceteareth-20, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, laureth-3, glyceryl dilaurate, methylparaben, betaine, diethylhexyl 2,6-naphthalate, phenoxyethanol, parfum, arginine, sodium hydroxide, PEG-12 dimethicone, carbomer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, sodium PCA, disodium EDTA, pearl powder, Ananas sativus, Citrus grandis, Citrus medica limonum, pentylene glycol, lecithin, alcohol, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, yellow 5, red 33

Widely available at retailers such as London Drugs: ~$7 CAD / 90 ml

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