Product Type: Simple body care
Newest Review: ... is the area that gets the most battering- hand washing, hand holding, soap, chemicals, babywipes etc. 6/10. Simple Derma- Easier to rub ... more
Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream
Member Name: historywitch
Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream
Advantages: Cheap, Effective, Long-lasting
**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.
Summary: Lovely intensive cream