02 July 2014

Learning the Lingo - Hand cream

Hi loves! Welcome to another installment of Learning the Lingo! In this series I will talk about products you might use maintaining your nails and such, what my favorite product is in that category and to keep it fun and to learn something, I'll tell you the Dutch word for it too :-D! I hope you enjoy this post, let's get started with today's subject.



Cream (wiki quote) - A cream is a topical preparation usually for application to the skin. Creams may be considered pharmaceutical products as even cosmetic creams are based on techniques developed by pharmacy and unmedicated creams are highly used in a variety of skin conditions (dermatoses). 

The Dutch word for hand cream is hand crème.

Hand cream is, just like last weeks subject, very important in your hand care regimen. I specifically said hand care back then and still do now, because I think we shouldn't only focus on our nails or cuticles, but the entire hand in order to achieve results. It adds moisture, prevents from various influences and can smell very good.

The consistency of a hand cream can be thick and buttery, but also more thin and watery. Depending on the kind of job you do, the climate you live in and the amount of moisture your skin needs, you can determine what kind of lotion will work for you.

I personally prefer a thinner and more lotion like hand cream when I am at work. It sinks in more quickly and doesn't leave my hands (too) greasy meaning I won't smear everything on my keyboard. But at night or in the winter time I love using a thick, buttery hand cream to really smooth my dry skin. Even better: slap on a good layer of super thick hand cream and put on cotton gloves right before I go to sleep. Instant smooth hands the next morning!

You can choose a product with a scent or unscented, some hand creams do smell a bit too strong to my taste but others smell divine (Essence released some chocolate and fruit scented ones and they are heaven!). Hand creams with almond oil in it usually are my favorite, like The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream. For those cold days or glove nights I pick The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and when I am swatching nail polish but need to moisturize in between I'll pick Ciaté Enriching Hand Cream with orange blossom & manuka honey.

When you expose your hands to a lot of water, you can't use enough of this hand care product. For me it's routine to use it every time after I wash my hands and then some more in between. Preventing dry skin is way better than curing it so keep a small tube with you on the go and massage those babies when you are waiting for the bus or when you're stuck in traffic!

What's the word for hand cream in your language? Tell me in the comments!

25 comments :

  1. I hate using hand creme outside because I always think the dirt will stick to them;p
    In polish, hand creme means "krem do rąk". Such a nice and melodic phrase :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. In german it's the same as in dutch, Handcrème.

    At the moment I still have a couple of tubes of L'Occitane hand cream left I should use, but then I'll probably change back to Lush Handy Gurugy (love the smell, love the feel, hate the tub, because I alsways got half of the cream under my nails).

    ReplyDelete
  3. Helena Lacky Corner02 July, 2014 15:37

    The Swedish word is: Handkräm

    ReplyDelete
  4. Boring English here! I could make up a few words though! ;)


    Lately I've been enjoying JR Watkins line of shea butter hand creams. In the colder months I get out the heavy duty Cutemol.

    ReplyDelete
  5. The hungarian word is kézkrém.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hand lotion is the word commonly used for the thinner more watery type and hand cream for the thicker richer buttery stuff. Typically lotion is dispensed with a pump type container and the creams are in a jar or squeeze tube. Some cosmetics companies get fancy though and call it a "butter". My favorite name is Udder Creme because it sounds funny and then there is Udder Butter, which sounds even funnier. It's a play on words since the product was originally designed to moisturize a nursing cows teats hence the Udder part. I don't know if these are only available in the USA or are worldwide products.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Haha, if you have a thick one that doesn't sink in quickly I understand! Maybe try and find one that's more of a lotion and doesn't leave your hands greasy.


    I like the Polish word(s) for it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. L'Occitane is quite expensive, right? I once got 3 mini's as a gift and I do love the formula for use during the day so I keep one of those in my purse now :).


    Tubs are annoying in use indeed! Maybe get a small plastic spatula?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Haha made up words are good too ;-)!


    JR Watkins, never heard of that brand before. Where can you get it?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks, not too different though I have no idea how to pronounce it :-).

    ReplyDelete
  11. Haha, Udder Creme does sound funny indeed :-D! I'll have to Google for it and see if I might be able to buy it somewhere (or put it on my USA wishlist for later this year).

    ReplyDelete
  12. Виктория Артамонова05 July, 2014 21:13

    In Russian - "krem dlya ruk" ("крем для рук" in Cyrillic) - looks like the "krem" part stayed the same in all lanquages!
    I like Garnier, their cream for super-dry skin literally saves me in spring when my skin has a hard time "waking up" from winter.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yes the "krem" is a steady factor indead :-). Ooh, I always hate my winterskin, when the weather starts to pick up again it takes so much effort to get your cuticles and skin to behave again!

    ReplyDelete
  14. That's not even too hard to "recognize"!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I buy it in the major drugstore chains in the U.S. but they also sell it on Amazon and have their own website. It's good stuff, if you like the Body Shop creams you'll probably like these.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Yes, L'Occitane is expensive, the minis (30ml) cost around Fr. 10.- here (that's about 7.50-8 Euro)...

    A spatula would be a solution to my tub problem, but honestly, I'm too lazy to use one ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  17. So like Walgreens and CVS should have it? Because I'll be visiting the US later this year :-D.

    ReplyDelete
  18. They should! I get mine at Rite Aid which is another US based drugstore chain but the next time I'm in CVS or Walgreens I'll check. =)

    ReplyDelete
  19. In Spanish it is 'crema' or 'loción'. Seems like it is the same almost with the 'cream' component at least, in every language!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Sorry for butting in (and seeing this just now). I have been using the Bliss Kiss Oil for a few weeks now and honestly I do not get the hype. My regular Solar Oil feels much more moisturizing. And I go through the Bliss Kiss pens so quickly, so it gets really expensive if you want to use it consistantly :(
    And I agree with Emily on those two cuticle balms! I love them both, too (the Badger one a bit more maybe, because it melts much easier into much skin).

    ReplyDelete
  21. Badger is everything to me. <3 I highly recommend them! I get mine from iHerb. Shipping is quick and just $4 to Europe. I have them in so many different scents, not just the one for cuticles.


    Thanks for butting in Sabine! Definitely keeping that in mind. I agree Badger sinks in quite easily. I also love the scent!

    ReplyDelete
  22. No problem with you dropping your two cents @Sabine @ My Polish Stash! The hype is purely based on a full on use of the oil for a few days straight I think. ANY oil will make your nails healthier if you apply it every 4-6 hours for 3/5 days straight.

    I'll keep an eye out for the Badger while in NYC!

    ReplyDelete

Hi loves! If you are seeing this message, it means Disqus has not loaded yet. Please wait a second, as soon as this message disappears Disqus will load and I will see your comment properly :). Thanks ♥.