“ Brand: Asda / Type: Nail & Hand Lotion / Suitable for: Nails & Hand „
I tend to spend a fortune on beauty products and am always keen to try and test out something new. It is not very often that I shop in Asda, so on my rare visits I spend a considerable amount of time browsing the beauty aisles hunting out the bargains. During my last visit my eyes were drawn to the Asda own brand Skin System range and in particular, their Hand and Nail Lotion, which is suited to all skin types, so my purchase was made and this review discusses my experience with using the product. Whilst the range is fairly basic in appearance, the packaging is of pale blue with touches of silver. I must admit that when I made my purchase I believed it to be a cream as opposed to a lotion and as I suffer with dry and cracked skin on my hands, I prefer to use creams, which generally offer a higher level of moisturisation. We are presented with 75 ml of lotion, which is contained within a sturdy plastic tube with a screw top lid. I found this really fiddly to close after using, particularly as my hands were coated with the lotion so they were fairly slippery, so I tend to opt for the flip top lids as they are much easier. The pure white lotion was easily dispensed and its consistency surprised me, particularly as it was thicker, so I'm pretty sure that Asda could have got away with branding it as a cream as opposed to a lotion. I was disappointed that I was initially unable to detect an aroma, but when spreading the lotion over my skin and gently massaging, a light and very favourable clean and fresh floral scent appeared. As Asda claim this is a nail cream as well as a hand cream, I paid particular attention to my cuticles and I found that only a small amount was needed for both hands. I didn't really have high hopes for such a low priced lotion, so was pleasantly surprised that it was fast absorbing without leaving any traces of sticky or greasy residue. As my hands are considerably problematic, I can instantly feel the effects, as inferior creams will cause the skin to feel tight and subsequently itch. However, the surface of my skin felt wonderfully soft and silky smooth although I was still a little apprehensive as to how the lotion would cope with considerably dry skin and its long term effects. I continued to use the lotion for a few weeks with the only problem being that it was necessary to apply more frequently. The results were astonishing as the high quality ingredients including vitamin E and panthenol continued to deliver a high level of hydration to my skin and I suffered no patches of dry skin, which really impressed me. In addition to the skin moisturising properties, my cuticles remained soft, so maintaining my regularly manicures was an effortless task. The 75 ml tube lasted me around three weeks with regular use and at just 80p I cannot fault it. The lotion is suitable for use by vegetarians and should be used within 12 months of opening. My only grumble is that the cheaper brands do not seem to consider the environment, as the empty tube cannot be recycled. However, I can still highly recommend this lotion and as a result, it receives four stars from me.