Akita is a skincare company founded in Turkey specializing in rose water and rose oil skincare. They have four different product lines; rose, lavender, cacao and unscented and use natural plant-based ingredients. I bought a number of Akita’s rosewater products, one of them being the hand cream from the rose line. I get very dry hands no matter the season and in the colder months will get very dry, peeling skin.
Ingredients: Water, Apricot Seed Oil, Glycerin, Beeswax, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Olive oil, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Aloe Vera Barbendensis, Rose Essential Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Centaury Oil, Sesame Oil, Chamomilla Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract.
These ingredients are all natural and this product claims to soften skin and protect the skin’s natural moisture balance while accelerating healing. Along with a number of oils, this product contains beeswax. Beeswax provides a protective barrier and can act as a humectant (attracts water). Centaury oil comes from the yellow centaury flower and is used primarily in the treatment of burns and wounds.
I got the rose hand cream in the hopes that it would sooth my dry hands and prevent further peeling and soreness in the winter months. I use this primarily twice a day, in the morning and evening. This is a very strong-smelling product; not unpleasant, but a very strong rose smell that lingers for a couple hours. The cream is very thick, so a little goes a long way. It absorbs nicely and almost immediately without feeling greasy, but leaves a bit of a protective layer that is not heavy feeling. This protective feeling lasts even through a couple hand washes. For me, there was immediate relief of dryness and pain that very dry hands can cause. The cream is very smoothing and indeed prevented new peeling skin and dry spots on my hands. I didn’t find much difference in the signs of aging my hands; the bit of wrinkling and thinner skin around the knuckles, but I didn’t really expect to. This hand cream would be a good preventative for some of the signs of aging, however. I really like the Akita hand cream and will definitely repurchase.
Update: April 29, 2020 – After a recent purchase of this hand cream, something changed in the formula. The texture feels the same, however, this is nowhere near as hydrating and leaves an odd dry feel on the hands as it is rubbed in. I will no longer be purchasing.
I also tried the hand cream in cocoa and the texture is much different, not as rich or buttery, and was not very hydrating.
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