Product Type: Avon Hand & Nail Care
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This sadly lacked the intensity that I desired
Avon Care Dry Skin SOS Hand Cream
Member Name: alyson29
Avon Care Dry Skin SOS Hand Cream
Advantages: Left the surface of my skin feeling soft and velvety smooth
Disadvantages: Did not offer sufficient moisturising propertes and took far too long to fully absorb
I suffer terribly with the skin on my hands, which is dry and my knuckles will frequently split and subsequently bleed. I am generally able to keep these problems under control by using the appropriate skin products, but my condition frequently flares up due to many factors such as some cleaning products and on those occasions when I'm suffering stress. I have a few firm favourites in the hand cream department, but enjoy trying and testing new products, particularly as a tube generally tends to last me about three weeks. One of my latest finds belongs to the Avon Care range and is named Intensive Moisture and this review discusses my experience.
It was the fact that the 100 ml sturdy plastic tube is claimed to be a "Dry Skin SOS Hand Cream" that captured my interest. I generally tend to opt for tubes as opposed to tubs as they are much easier to use although instead of a flip top lid Avon have decided to use a screw lid. As a result, I found it a little difficult to replace, particularly when my hands were covered in slippery cream. The inclusion of rice bran oil was a new concept for me, particularly as I have never noticed it in any of the other hand creams I've previously used. Consequently, a quick look on the internet informed me that the oil extract has been used in South East Asia since ancient times due to its soothing, protective and softening properties.
A slight squeeze of the tube dispensed a sufficient amount of the cream, which was of a good consistency and offered a slight glycerine appearance. I prefer my hand creams to offer an aroma, but I was unable to witness any scent whatsoever, which whilst disappointing, was neither here nor there, as it was the moisturising properties that were the most important factor for me. The cream was easily applied and spread over my skin and it offered a fine white coating, which led me to believe that it would take forever to absorb. I was able to witness a tacky and greasy residue for approximately fifteen minutes following application, which is something I cannot bear, particularly as I had to sit and wait for it to fully absorb, which took a further five minutes or so.
A point that I found extremely disappointing was that despite using only a thin layer I was able to feel a film on the surface of my skin, which although not uncomfortable, made me feel grubby. I would describe this sensation as identical to that of just applying a face mask. Whilst the cream offered moisturisation, its levels were far inferior to the Dove products that I've tried and tested and I would argue with Avon's claim that the cream is intensive.
I am of the opinion that had my hands not been effectively moisturised prior to using this product, the cream would have caused my condition to flare up. On a positive note I was able to witness a velvety softness to the surface of my skin, but over a couple of days, areas such as across my knuckles and between my fingers were starting to show signs of dryness. In addition, my skin was starting to itch, which in my experience, is the first signs of dehydration. As a consequence, I gave up using this product after four days and returned to Dove and as a result, the condition of my skin instantly improved.
For the reasons discussed above, I cannot recommend Avon Intensive Moisture Hand Cream, which receives only one star from me. The tube can be recycled once empty, so as mine still contains cream I will be squirting it down the skin and throwing away the tube. If you are interested in purchasing this product it is currently reduced from its normal price of £3.50 to £2.25 and can be obtained either online or from your local representative. I would advise that over the past twelve months or so I have tried and tested a considerable amount of hand creams and the most effective is Dove Intensive Nourishment Deep Care Complex.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: An inferior hand cream that didn't live up to its intensive claims