August 23 2014

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A Hammam Fix For Softer Hands


Next to the always unattractive peeling face, chapped dry hands have to be one of the more unpleasant signs of seasonal change. Mittens and gloves can only go so far to cover up cracked skin, and the options for more permanent relief aren’t exactly thrilling. Sticky hand creams, clumsy mitts worn overnight, and paraffin wax treatments all feel more like punishment than pleasure. Fortunately, Davines has stepped it up with an entirely luxurious and effective solution. Its new Hammam Ritual Hand Treatment borrows from the traditions of the Turkish hammam, the steamy exfoliation and massage technique that sloughs off dead skin to reveal the softer stuff underneath. The two-step kit includes a unique gel-cream hand scrub and velvety hand cream made with skin-healing spices like black pepper and bergamot along with emollient rice bran oils. Each is packaged in an adorable bottle (perfect for storing on a bedside table) and is free of parabens or artificial dyes. To use, simply rub the hand scrub on damp skin in small circular motions—it functions like a kinder version of the rough Turkish kessa mitt to dissolve flaky skin—then massage in a small dab of the hand cream, paying extra attention to ragged cuticles, while sipping on some fresh mint tea. OK, that last part is optional but we highly recommend it.

Davines Hammam Ritual Hand Treatment, $28, available November 1. See for salon locations.

Photo: Jo Lance for Davines

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