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Best Travel Hand Creams

Photo Credit:  Travel + Leisure / Levi Brown 

This frigid weather is no joke! Even with gloves, my hands can become extremely dry.  Check out a couple of  Travel + Leisure top picks (along with a  BSB fave) to keep your hands hydrated.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($13) Formulated for the driest hands, this moisture treatment is a rich formula offering care and protection all day from neglect and harsh elements with a blend of botanical oils.  It IS super thick but my hands feel soft like a baby's bottom. It feels like the moisture is sealed in even between hand washings!

EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($4) : Infused with moisturizing Shea butter, oat extract, and vitamins C and E, this travel-friendly pod leaves skin soft for hours.  It's 97% natural, paraben and lanolin free plus it fits right in your cosmetic case.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle ($18)  This creamy balm contains Shea butter, anti-oxidizing carrot oil, softening honey, grape seed and coconut oil along with anti-bacterial myrrh.  It penetrates the skin quickly to protect, moisturize, and replenish dehydrated hands. (Lightly fragranced but also paraben free!)

What's your remedy for dry hands?


Mani Monday: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers

Many of you are fans of OCC's gorgeous lip glosses but their nail collection is just as amazing. It includes 36 richly pigmented shades that dry in minutes and last for days. A quirky range of inky dark hues, demi matte brights and a rainbow in between! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Laquer has the perfect polish for you. And for those who favor a polish that goes "green" each shade is free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Also available at Sephora/$8.