Atrix hand cream was one of the best finds the first year I lived in Japan. As I mentioned in a previous post, it works for me, it’s easy to find and is inexpensive.
While atrix in Japan sells more than one product in their very small line, I’ve always stuck to the hand cream. On our most recent trip back, I felt a little wild and bought two tubes of atrix hand gel. Without reading (ahem, getting hubby to read it for me) any information/advertising on the tube, I used it like the hand cream. Over the last two weeks of informal testing, here is what I found.
Update: I did read “sara sara” at the bottom in white on pink. This means dry, as in dry to the touch. This doesn’t mean that the gel will dry your hands out, which would be funny. If I think really hard, this description makes sense for how the gel feels.
Setting the stage
The only gel I have ever used on my skin has been aloe for sunburns. Thankfully that’s a once a year event or less. In other words, I have little to compare with the atrix gel.
I wash my hands a LOT with a baby at home. While I’m not close to reaching the intensity of washing by a nurse or doctor in the OR, I sometimes feel that I am creeping in that direction (minus the horrible antibacterial soap).
The local climate verges on desert (or so I think) and we have air conditioning. It’s a recipe for lizard skin!
The first time I used the gel on my hands, it felt… weird. Despite more tries, it still feels odd. Initially, my skin gets a slightly cool smack, which is unexpected and blissful. Then the gel verges on tacky yet feels dry but slippery. It’s a bizarre series of contrasts. To top it off, my skin is not moisturized even though it feels soft.
The gel has not been a complete failure, though. I ran out of body cream and thought the gel might be a good replacement. It was! On my arms and legs after showering, it seals in moisture and my skin still feels very soft in the morning. This is how I continue to use the gel.
In a more humid climate, say Japan, the gel might work differently. I gave up on cream living in Japan. In the summer, it would slide off my arms within minutes of putting it on. I had no idea my arms could sweat like that. Maybe gel would do the same thing but I won’t know unless I move back.
Have you tried hand gels in Japan or somewhere else humid? How did they work? Have you tried the atrix hand gel or cream? Add your thoughts below!