Hello! I seem to be acquiring so many hand creams lately; just a shame I just have the one pair of hands… The latest hand cream I have been giving a go is the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Cream. I have been having a lil’ love affair with LRP at the moment so I was keen to see how their hand cream fared.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Cream
Daily care for dry, very dry and chapped hands. Helps to restore the protective hydrolipidic film, leaving skin feeling soft and supple. For increased comfort, it leaves a light, non-greasy film that penetrates immediately. Lipikar Xerand for Hands is water-resistant and helps to protect the epidermis against daily aggressions. It contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
AQUA / WATER – GLYCERIN (humectant) – OCTYLDODECANOL (emollient, fragrance) – STEARIC ACID (emulsion stabilising – can be harsh/irritating!) – PEG-100 STEARATE (surfactant) – GLYCERYL STEARATE (emollient, thickening agent) – PALMITIC ACID (emollient, helps reinforce skin barrier) – STEARETH-10 (emulsifier) – PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM / MINERAL OIL (emollient, skin protecting) – DIMETHICONE (emollient, skin conditioning/protecting) – ALLANTOIN (skin conditioning/protecting/soothing) – CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE (surfactant) – TETRASODIUM EDTA (chelating agent) – XANTHAN GUM (stabiliser) – CETYL ALCOHOL (emollient, stabiliser) – SODIUM BENZOATE (fragrance, preservative) – PHENOXYETHANOL (preservative) PARFUM / FRAGRANCE
This hand cream is just one of three that I currently have on my office desk – maybe four if I count the S&G one I gave to the secretary sat opposite. I wanted to try the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Cream as I liked the claims of it helping to care for dry and chapped hands.
Compared to normal hand creams that are quite thick, this is quite “watery” and “fluid”. I’m glad this is a flip top lid as I think if it was a screw on lid it would end up all over! I find I don’t need to use a lot as the watery consistency allows me to spread it all over my hands quite quickly. It does take a while to absorb though, and my hands can feel a little greasy afterwards. The greasy feeling does go away eventually but not as quick as I would like it to – especially when I need to do some work! When I am massaging it in, my hands can feel quite “wet” so I try to just let my hands “dry” – when I do this I can almost feel my hands absorb the hand cream.
It has quite a powdery baby smell and the secretary opposite remarked that it smelled like baby products. It isn’t an unpleasant smell, but it doesn’t make me want to apply it again and again like with other hand creams that smell good enough to eat.
When my hands are feeling quite dry and chapped I do reach for this as it is quite light and I feel it does replenish the lost moisture deep in the levels of my hands, rather than coat the skin. I am concerned that there are a few irritating ingredients in this – I haven’t suffered any irritation personally.
Would I buy it again? I’m not sure to be honest. It is good but I feel it could be better. I’d like to see LRP reformulate this and take out some of the eyebrow raising ingredients and swap those that are a little more skin friendly.