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**The Cream and What It Promises**
This hand cream from the Simple Derma range is an intensive relief treatment for 'very dry, sensitive skin prone to eczema and dermatis'. It promises immediate soothing for irritated skin and then a protective barrier which locks in moisture, hydrates the skin and keeps out allergens and irritants. The packaging claims you will see results in just four days but you are recommended to use it 3-4 times a day for the best effect.
I am already familiar with the Simple range and trust it. Simple's big selling point is their status as 'skin experts' who create products that are hypoallergenic with no perfume and no colours added to them. This cream is dermatologist approved and suitable for children; the box is made from wood from farmed and renewed forests and it contains no animal derivatives. It doesn't say if it was tested on animals or not.
The packaging is simple and feels expensive. The tube is made of a slightly matt plastic which is very useful when you have product on your hands as it doesn't slip away so easily.
Other items in the range are a Lotion, Hand Cream and a Non-Foaming Shower Cream-all of which I have found to be readily available in a range of shops including Boots, Wilkinsons and Superdrug.
**Why I bought it**
-DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE-
I recently became unfortunate enough to suffer a bout of scarlatina, a bacterial infection which gives you tonsillitus and a nasty itchy rash. Antibiotics cleared up the worst of it but I have been left with an unpleasant red spotty rash which lasts 2-3 weeks. The internet came up blank on possible treatments other than calamine but the rash started peeling and looked absolutely hideous and disgusting (shop assistants wouldnt put the change in my hand, but put it on the counter instead). In desperation I purchased a range of creams including E45, Eurax and this one. I was looking for something that would reduce the redness and help with the peeling skin (like spotty rough sunburn) and stop the itching.
**How it performed**
In the interests of science I have used each cream on its own for a whole day (I have been housebound for a while, so to say I am bored would be an understatement). Here is how they performed:
Eurax Anti Itching Cream- Removed the itch for about an hour, but increased the itching sensation for 5 minutes after application. Did nothing to help the peeling skin or redness (to be fair it doesnt claim any other benefits other than itch removal). Rubbed into skin quickly and easily and was quickly absorbed. I didnt need to use very much of it with each application. My skin did look smoother and felt softer for a short period after use. 1/10.
E45 cream- Slightly harder to rub in than the Eurax cream but more effective. It has no scent but left a sticky residue behind on my hands after application that wasn't very pleasant. A little of this also went a long way, but not as far as the Eurax cream. Once applied my skin did feel softer, the itching calmed, the redness was slightly reduced and you could no longer see the flaking skin. My skin also looked smoother and more 'plumped up' than before. However the effect only lasted two-three hours and went away much quicker on the backs of my hands, which were a) the area that most people see and was one I was particularly eager to treat and b) is the area that gets the most battering- hand washing, hand holding, soap, chemicals, babywipes etc. 6/10.
Simple Derma- Easier to rub in than the E45 and once again a little covered a large area. Immediately I noticed that the itch disappeared and whilst it did not reduce the redness in the same way as the E45, it was much more effective on the peeling skin which disappeared instantly. My hands felt and looked beautiful (apart from the spots), wonderfully smooth looking and soft, so much so that my six year old even commented on it. I applied it 8 hours ago and noticed the peeling skin started to show again after about 5-6 hours (impressive as that includes both dinner time and bed time with two small children). Even now looking at my skin the backs of my hands looks much better that it did this morning , its dry again but the flaking is much less prominent than it was. The red spots underneath are calmer and so is the itch. 9/10
I would imagine that this tube will last me three to four days, but for someone with just a small area of eczema or similar I could see this lasting a month or more. I would also recommend this as a very effective cream for dry and sensitive skin as it has worked wonders on persistent dry skin on my knees, elbows and face. Also it would be make a good moisturising hand cream.
I bought this 50ml cream in Wilkinson's for £1.87, which is an equivalent price to a similar amount of E45 cream and half the price of Eurax.
This cream was perfect. I have excema practically all over my face, hands and wrists. I saw this cream and thought this would be brilliant! When I put it on my excema, the irritation had gone. It soaked in quickely and felt nice after 3 mins. I saw after one night that it took out all of the redness on my excema! I would really recommend this cream to anyone like me!
Moisterising may not be a popular topic among men but I suffer from dry skin and occasional bouts of eczema on my elbows and chin (after shaving). I have tried various creams and the occasional topical steroid treatment but each had its downsides.
I have used Simple products before and found them very beneficial and non-irratating. I decided to try their Derma Intensive Relief Cream and have been very happy with the results.
The cream is thick but applies very easily and soon soaks into skin without leaving any residue on the surface. There is no greasy after-effect and skin is leaf feeling smooth and hydrated. The main ingredients are concentrated Canola Oil and Aquaxyl.
One thing I especially enjoy is that Simple Derma does not use ingredients that are perfumed. These often cause skin irratation. There is also no horrid medical smell that is often present with other medicinal creams (like E45).
I have noticed significant results after using Simple Derma Cream and my skin condition has returned to normal after 2-3 applications. Many men may frown on moisturising but personally I prefer a bit of cream to sore skin that looks like rough-grained sandpaper! Simple Derma cream is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a fragrance-free solution that quickly eliminates harsh skin problems.
Over the years I have always suffered a bit with dry skin epically in the winter. I often try different creams and moisturisers, most of which work for a while but generally need reapplying throughout the day, not good when you have your make up on. Several months ago I received a free sample of Simple Derma Sensitive Skin relief cream, whist it doesn't actually state that it is a facial moisturiser that is what I have used it for, and so far I have been very impressed.
As I said mine was a free sample, but it came in a small white squeezy tube which is mainly white in colour with all of the writing being in green fitting in with the rest of the Simple range. The front of the tube has the words Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream written on the front. It also has a sentence about the cream written on the front stating "for very dry sensitive skin prone to eczema & dermatitis". There is also a small pattern on the front of the tube with further information written around it, this says that the cream is made with natural plant oil and soothes and locks in moisturiser. The back of the tube contains further information about Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream such as the directions for use and the ingredients.
Directions for Use
Apply liberally as often as needed on hands body and face. It recommends that this cream is used 3 to 4 times a day
When I first squeezed a small amount of the cream onto my hand ready to apply to my face the first thing I noticed was that the cream was quite thick, much thicker than others I had used, this made me concerned that the cream would be very greasy and leave my skin oily, however I decided to give it a go. The cream did feel think and greasy on my skin as I applied it however it soon soaked in thoroughly, my skin did not feel in any way greasy, it felt very soft and instantly smooth. I could apply this cream just before putting on my make up in the morning and I did not have to wait a long while for it to soak in before applying my foundation, the cream was already soaked in by the time I was ready to do this. You really can feel the cream soothing your dry skin, at one point I had particularly dry skin around my nose but after using Simple Derma Relief on this area it instantly felt much better, the skin no longer appeared rough and dry. I continued to use the cream every day and within a few days my dry skin had virtually gone, my skin would be fine whilst I had make up on but as soon as I washed my face the dryness would reappear, but after using Simple Derma Relief for a few days I could wash my face and remove my make up without my skin drying out. As with all the Simple products this cream has no fragrance what so ever, this does not bother me too much, however for those with sensitive skin this is a benefit. Aswell as on my face I have also used Simple Derma Relief Cream on my hands, again in winter the backs of my hands get very dry and cracked, whilst the cream does not actually prevent this happening it does sooth the dry skin and prevent it from getting sore. The size tube I received was 15ml however I have had this several months now and still have a lot of the cream left, you really do not need to apply much of this cream at one time making it very economical and long lasting.
I did not buy my tube of Simple Derma Relief Cream as it was a free sample however this cream can be bought from shops such as Boots and Superdrug, a 50ml bottle costs around £2,.29. Personally I feel this cream is very reasonably priced especially as it last so long.
Overall I would recommend this cream to anyone especially if you suffer from extremely dry skin. It is suitable for all skin types whether you have sensitive skin or not, the fact that it has no perfume or not colour makes it perfect for those with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema. I will continue to use this cream, I tend to use it more in the winter than the summer as this is when I suffer with dry skin but it is a cream that you can every day.
Once my eczema cleared up after being on steroid creams for quite a while, I found that I still required a moisturiser as my skin constantly felt dry and had dry patches in places. Tried quite a lot of moisturisers both during my eczema phase and after, but none of them worked well. I came across the Simple Derma range when it was on offer in Superdrug and decided to give it a go. It claims to be intensive relief 'for very dry, sensitive skin prone to eczema and dermatitis.'
The Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream comes in two types of packaging. One is a tub, either 350ml or 125ml. The other is a 50ml tube. Both are easy to open. I personally prefer the tube, for two reasons. Firstly I can carry it around in my handbag as it is not bulky or heavy, and secondly it is easier to just squeeze it out of the tube onto your hand, rather than scooping it out of the tub as it can get in your fingernails.
Does it work? ...Well it depends. I would not recommend it to those suffering from heavy eczema, as like most creams you will probably find yourself having to use it every hour, but if you are on medicated creams it is fine to use in addition to these creams. So far it has been the only cream which hasn't stung my skin even when applied on dry and peeling patches. For those coming out of eczema phase, but still finding yourself with dry, tight skin this can be used on its own. I still find that I have to apply it atleast once every 4 to 5 hours to keep my skin feeling comfortable and moisturised. So far it has been the best moisturiser that I've used, especially now as I'm not using it side by side with any other creams. I do use No 7 toner underneath it (read my previous review on No 7 skin toner), and I have to say that the toner and this moisturiser work really well together on your face, making it feel brighter and plumper.
The cream itself is white, non-perfumed, though there is some very light and subtle nice smell to it, possibly the canola oil. It is not greasy and actually feels good when you apply it to your skin. The first time I use in a day, I tend to apply a big blob of it to my skin, and after that a little bit here and there whenever it feels a bit dry.
Overall a good cream, which I shall at four stars. Costs between £2.30 and £6.99 depending on size and whether it is tub or tube, in Boots. But it is also worth checking prices in Superdrug and any special offers that are going at any given time.
i bought this because i had been suffering from red dry skin around my nose which often pops up during the winter months and seems to take forever to go away! by the time it has started to shift, winter is just around the corner meaning i only have a month or 2 without this horrible red skin around my nose.
i had seen the simple derma cream in my local supermarket and thought what the hell, i've tried everything else i might as well try this one too. i noticed a difference as soon as i started using the cream. within 4/5 days the redness had decreased a good deal around my nose and i've got to the point where i use this cream as a daily facial cream as i find it reduces redness on my cheeks too!
you don't need a lot of this product at all. the saying "a little goes a long way" is indeed the case with this product. the cream itself doesn't feel too heavy on the skin and once it has dried in your skin feels rehydrated and smooth. if it was a thinner cream though that would be a good plus but, for the purpose that it's serving it is a fine product.
i paid around £3 for a tub of this cream and for the first week i was only using the product from the lid, i didn't even need to start dipping into the tub till a few days after opening. The tub is also an ample size so the product will last a good while.
Something I own alot of is body creams and lotions though I have to admit that although I own them I don't use them much at all. I tend to buy something on a whim without little thought. However the other day I purchased this product...and with good reason.
I have noticed of late that I have been getting really dry and tight skin in places. A bit on my back and around my knees and like I say it can feel a little tight and uncomfortable and this sounded like it may help calm the skin down somewhat!
White and dark green box and on the front of it in green, white and red writing I'm told it is Clinically Proven Simple 'Derma' Intensive Relief 'For very dry, sensitive skin prone to eczema & dermatitis' Cream and I'm told it is made using natural plant oil and is to soothe & lock in moisture and that Simple are experts in sensitive skin and that it contains no perfume, no colour and you can expect results from using this in 4 days. Other information on the box includes being told about the a bit about the product, directions for use are given, ingredients are listed, the size is stated which in this case is 50ml and contact details for Accantia Health are given (the manufacturer of Simple products). The tube is basically the same as the box in appearance and tells me much of the same information as on the box. It looks a functional product rather than pretty and is very in keeping with the 'Simple' style.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information On The Box And Tube:
For skin that is very dry, sensitive or prone to itchy irritating conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. This unique and innovative Simple Derma range prepared by our sensitive skin experts, gives you immediate soothing effects and long lasting care that will calm and help relieve irritating skin.
Specially formulated with a highly effective naturally derived humectant aquaxyl and canola oil, this concentrated, fast acting Intensive Relief cream deeply hydrates, restoring your skin's natural moisture levels as it protects and prevents further moisture loss.
It works by wrapping a protective barrier around your skin that locks moisture in and keeps allergens and irritants out, enhancing your skin's natural barrier function and helping to restore and maintain skin health.
Clinically proven results in 4 days.
Suitable for children.
Directions For Use:
Apply liberally as often as required on the hands, body and face. For maximum benefit use 3 to 4 times a day.
Me Using It:
Well this is really incredibly easy to use! You simply unscrew the cap, give the plastic tube a slight squeeze and out comes a none fragranced white cream. It's of great consistency not being too runny but having a little body to it. I simply put a small blob on my fingers and then gently massage it to where I feel I need it.
It's a light lotion/cream, not at all greasy and once applied it absorbs mega quickly with minimal rubbing required and you can dress immediately after using this. You can't feel it as such on the skin but you can see the skin is moisturised in appearance as it relieves the appearance of dry skin so quickly and even more than that, it does it for hours. It does have a slight sort of planty aroma to it but what is nice about this is that it isn't a heavy aroma or anything so doesn't interfere with with any other fragrances you use. It offers immediate relief and as promised any skin that requires a few applications of this cream, after four days I found mine cleared up a treat!
None greasy, easy to use and you can apply it anywhere you like even the face. It absorbs quickly doesn't irritate the skin at all and really effects the look and feel of your skin in one easy step. It's a great little find, really is simple and a little of it goes a very long way. I like the size of my tube, handy for on the go dry skin emergencies it lives in my handbag nowadays
I paid £2.15 for my 50ml tube in Boots but it is available in lots of different places!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream is designed for very dry and sensitive skin prone to eczema and dermatitis. It is made with natural plant oils designed to soothe and lock in moisture. It has no perfume and no colourings, it is just simple!
It is made with a product called Aquaxyl which is naturally derived and Canola Oil. The Aquaxyl deeply moisturises and restores skin and the Canola Oil replenishes and protects. The cream is designed to restore, protect and prevent further moisture loss.
Directions are to apply liberally to hands, body and face as often as required. For maximum benefit they recommend that you use 3 or 4 times a day. Simple say that there are clinically proven results in 4 days. The cream is dermatologist approved, hypoallergenic and also suitable for children.
The cream is available in a 50ml tube fore around £1.99 and a 125ml tub which retails around £3.99 although is currently only £3 in Superdrug. I have the tube which has a screw cap.
The cream is a white quite thin cream. It absorbs quickly into my skin but it does leave a greasy feel on your skin for quite a while. I use this at work as I work on a hospital ward and my hands get quite dry from all the handwashing for infection control reasons. The cream is great as it does soothe my dry skin. The main downside is the fact that it is quite greasy, its fine if I remember just to rub it on the top of my hands but if I rub it on my palms it just feels so greasy and is hard if you then go to write any notes. It takes several minutes for the greasiness to subside. Because the cream has no perfume it is kinder to skin but might not suit those who like a nice smelling product.
I think it's a good hand cream and the tube version is small enough to be able to carry around easily in your bag. It works well and is good value for money, I will continue to use it.
I have dry skin which gets worse during the winter. I've also recently been swimming a couple of times a week which left me with patches of excema on my upper arms. I also have very sensitive skin so am always a bit nervous about trying new products but decided to give Simple Derma Intensive Skin Relief a try when it was on special offer in Tesco so cost only £1.99 for a 125ml pot instead of the usual £3.98.
Simple claims that their intensive relief cream is clinically proven to give relief to dry skin in just 4 days so I was keen to give it a try.
The cream itself is extremely thick and white in colour. You could turn the pot upside down without any of the cream dripping out. It has a rather strange smell, Simple are known for not using any artificial perfumes which can cause skin irritation so this accounts for the smell.
To use you apply the cream liberally to your hands, body or face up to four times a day. I found that it spread over my skin easily but was not immediately absorbed. It did sink in eventually and left an oily barrier on my skin which feels really soothing. For this reason I tended to use it only at night as I didn't want it to get all over my clothes.
The main question is: did it work? The answer is yes, it was very effective at relieving the itching on my dry scaly skin and this happened almost as soon as I put the cream on. After I used it for a few days, I did find that my scaly patches were starting to clear up but never did go away fully. I like the fact that it worked a lot better than E45 which I have found to be too thin to make any difference and can actually make my skin feel worse.
I have also used this cream as a hand cream and again it was very effective. I keep the pot on my desk and apply it several times over the day. It does take a while to fully absorb into my hands but it really helps to combat the soreness when my hands get so dry that the skin starts to crack.
I did try to use it on my face but found that even if I used it overnight that by morning my face still felt very oily. I did still use the occasional smear overnight when my forehead got all flaky and found that was ample to help clear this dryness up.
I'm pleased with the performace of the Simple Derma cream but I do find that £3.99 for a small 125ml pot is fairly expensive as you can buy huge tubs of aquaeous cream for the same price from the chemist. Luckily my skin doesnt need an intensive moisturising cream every day but if it did I would go for the huge cheaper tubs or even get cream on prescription to keep the costs down. I will however possibly buy it again as a hand cream as it was very effective in helping my hands feel better.
I bought this because I have terribly dry skin during the winter on my face to the point where it embarrasses me.
I got it in boots for £4.50 (n more than £5) and of course I got boots points.
You only get 50ml for that price but actually its quite rich so you don't need so much.
It comes in a rectangular cardboard box, and then inside a tube with a screw top, about 12cms high so you can easily fit it in your handbag.
Its white , not perfumed smells quite sweet in my opinion. it contains no animal derived ingredients and contains Aquaxyl (meant to deeply moisturise) and canola Oil (replenish & protect), its hypoallergenic and dermatologist approved
~How to use~
(Quoted) Apply liberally as often as required on the hands, body and face - for maximum benefit use 3 - 4 times a day
Well I had just over a week before a big night out and I felt like my face was falling off (due to the heating). I picked this up because in there's a red banner on the front of the box claiming clinically proven results in 4 days - and they weren't wrong! I was really impressed. You only need a little bit as its really rich and too much made my face feel really greasy and look very shinny until it soaked in, but fantastic result by day 3 I noticed a difference, I probably applied it more than suggested purely because I wanted it gone so quickly. I had dry hands to and that seems to have cleared up nicely - another good thing is that sometimes I have found that if you use a daily moisturiser, if you miss a day your skin reverts back almost instantly and since the big night out I have continued to use it and I've not had that problem at all.
I don't know how it would help with eczema, but on reading other reviews it all seems very positive. I'm certainly pleased with the result
OK, I saw this on the shelf at my local Sainsburys at 33% off. As far as I know it is still 33% off- thought I should mention that - the offer may end soon! (Dated November 2008).
I bought this from Boots the Chemists months ago for around £5, I am aware now its cheaper, around £2.50, It seems it has been a result of a price war!- either way, I would still pay £5 for it, it seems to help me.
My problem is mild eczema. I only get it on my wrists mainly, but it can appear elsewhere and it can get out of hand if I don't deal with it. Its basically an itchy rash which develops into small raised bumps which when scratched with my girly nails, become broken. Which in turn increases the itching, the scratching, the thing spreads....
Anyone who has experienced this will know how immediate it is to find some kid of treatment.
Being prone to this, I had been using creams with various acids in them. (E45 Hc, Eurax Hc, over the counter Hc creams, steroid based creams...) but I do worry about what this does to my skin and if it has any affect on my blood. (Hypochondriac-r-us!). So when I saw this cream on the shelf I had to try it- there seemed no harmful acids in them. It also seemed affordable.
On applying the cream, it shows as a fairly dense white cream. It does blend down into skin well but takes a few minutes to dry, I'd say around 5. When it does its unnoticeable. I would not describe this as a greasy cream, it may seem that way at first as when you apply, it appears as white until it dries in, and on areas like my wrist did seem to stay white for a full 5 minutes before fading to nothing. It stayed with a slight film for a further 10 minutes I would say, before just making my skin supple. I would apply this after getting dressed. It takes time to settle in and is easily rubbed off onto clothes whilst it dries, and it is worth having it dry in and do its job properly. It has no scent- as is the Simple ethos, and is not coloured either. Its just plain white and very, well, erm...simple!
It does not stop the itching fast the way Eurax does, it could reduce the dryness so reduce the itching that way, but in terms of stopping all the itching, its just not strong enough.
But it does not claim to be: the pack recommends you use this cream every day for a while and the problematic area will go.
I can vouch for that! I used this cream every day on my wrists for a week, and the eczema had gone- I was even wearing perfume and it was ok! (Note- I did not wear perfume every day, just once or twice a week, I have not tested that part out to the extreme!!) After 2 weeks, no eczema at all, no rash, no sign of it!
The cream claims to work on "very dry, sensitive or prone to itchy irritating conditions such as eczema and dermatitis". It uses "naturally derived humectant Aquaxyl and Canola Oil". It claims to work by "wrapping a protective barrier around your skin to lock moisture in and allergens and irritants out...." The Aquaxyl is there to moisturise and restore, the Canola Oil is there to replenish and protect. Though the ingredients have all sorts of Glycerin's and Padaffinum and Silicate and Caster oil....and etc's in so I would not go as far as say this is an au-natural product! its just less chemical then many of the others on the market!
It would seem there is no active ingredient in to stop any rapidly growing bacteria or fungi, so if you think you have an infection, I doubt this would work. But if like me you get flare-ups in times of stress, or by being allergic to certain jewellery items or certain perfumes, this could really do the trick.
I have since gone out and bought two more tubes of the cream- It is a tiny sized tube: there are various different forms: the intensive cream, the intensive hand relief cream, the body lotion etc, and they are from 50mls for £2.50 (At Boots). They do sell larger sizes but they are more expensive, Sainsburys I have seen sell a large round 125ml intensive relief tub for £4, or currently £2.65 in Sainsbury's.
It lasted me twice daily applications for about a month, that's 50mls, on each wrist, 30 days. So around 16p per day, or 8p per application for me- (remember I paid around £5 for this when it first came out!) or at the new £2.50 price works out to be about 8p per day or 4p per application.
It is worth buying as it did get me over the bout of eczema I was getting- not as fast as other creams, as it took a week at least instead of one or two hours or days, but its not as chemically acidic as other creams so I am prepared to wait just that little bit longer for a cream that does just as good a job.
Key Ingredients: aquaxyl and canola oil / This cream is ideal for skin that is very dry, sensitive or prone to itchy irritating conditions such as eczema and dermatitis / The