Welcome to "Product Of The Week." Just like the name suggests, we'll spotlight one product every week that not only does what it promises to do, but that also upholds the green, natural approach to beauty and skin care we value so much. Trust us when we say you can trust our beauty editor, Allie White — in her time here, she's sampled upward of 400 different products. These are her favorites.
I was recently told by skin care professional that at 27, I had the softest, youngest-looking hands she'd ever seen (outside of, you know, actual children). The then-stranger grabbed my hand as I reached to take something she was holding out, stroked first my palm, then the top of my hand and remarked at how smooth the skin was.
At this point in my life, I've been compulsively moisturizing my hands for about a decade, ever since I read in one of my mom's women's magazines that the hands are the first thing to really show signs of age.
When I spritz my hands with antibacterial spray after my morning subway ride, I apply lotion right after. Anytime I wash my hands in the bathroom, it's followed by a quick visit to the moisturizer corner of my desk. Next to the kitchen sink in my apartment, I keep a small tube of hand cream to apply after washing dishes. And every single night, without fail, I 1) take my makeup off, 2) floss my teeth and 3) slather my hands and arms in lotion.
I can't say with certainty why the thought of aging hands had such an impact on me back in high school, but regardless, I've been faithful to my moisturizing routine ever since.