I have perennially dry hands and it take a lot to moisturise them well enough to keep them from drying out and cracking. When they crack, they bleed and scab over and it looks like a really bad case of eczema. I have tried so many different creams, lotions and potions to keep the dryness at bay and none have really hit the spot. Right now the best I have found is the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Hemp Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Lanolin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Limonene, Citronellol, Talc, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral, Chromium Oxide Greens, Iron Oxides.

I have used the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector on and off over the past 10 years. My biggest gripe was always the metal foil tube. It would bend and crack, spilling cream everywhere in my bag. Just why oh why did anyone think that the foil packaging was a good idea? They have thankfully changed the packaging and now it is in a regular squeezy tube with a metallic look. Much easier to pump out product and less mess.

The hemp seed oil is intensely hydrating and instantly solves the dryness and keeps my hands well moisturised until I wash them. It doesn’t leave any oily residue on my hands the way that other more emollient creams do. This means that I can massage it in and then get straight to work on whatever I’m doing, without worrying about transfer onto everything I touch.

Most hand creams need topping up every couple of hours to keep my hands from getting dry, especially in the harsh winter winds. Of all of the hand creams I’ve tried, this is the most effective. It would be perfect… but… oh the smell. It’s like decaying foliage and moss. Not nice at all. I use this as a night cream for my hands and then slap on my moisturising gloves for best results. I can then top up during the day with a regular hand cream (like the Rose or Shea Butter creams) after washing hands.

This is the best result for me at present but I am always on the look out for something similarly effective but with a more pleasant smell. All suggestions welcome!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is available from Body Shop stores nationwide, online or from your Body Shop At Home Representative and is priced at £5 for 30ml or £12 for 100ml.