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Years ago I read somewhere that you should always apply hand cream before putting your washing up gloves on, as the heat from the water would help the hand cream soak in. Since then, I have always kept a tube or bottle of hand cream next to the kitchen sink, and apply it each time I wash up in an attempt to keep my hands soft. The one I am currently using is the Avon Planet Spa Dead Sea Minerals hand cream which was a present from my mother.
This hand cream claims to soften rough, dehydrated skin and help prevent nail breakage as well as improving the skins texture. I wouldn't exactly say that the skin on my hands is rough, but I do get very dry skin on my hands and the area around my cuticles can get slightly rough and scratchy, so anything that can improve the situation is welcome.
The cream is packaged in a grey tube with black writing and a round, white logo which features on all Planet Spa products. I usually think that the packaging of Planet Spa items makes them look modern and sleek, however the grey colouring of this one simply makes it look drab in my opinion.
I do like that the cream stands on it's lid as it makes it easier to get the last drop out, however I have also found that the bottom of the lid can become rather gungey and requires wiping out now and again.
The cream itself is the same grey colour as the packaging it comes in, and has a glossy sheen to it. The consistency is neither too thick, nor too runny, it just sits somewhere comfortably in between.
I think one of the first things that you will notice when dispensing the hand cream is the scent. It is rather strongly scented and I imagine the fragrance will not be to everyone's taste. If you have ever bought a cheap shower gel or even air freshener with a name like 'sea' or 'ocean' then that may give you an idea of what this smells like. It's quite masculine and also quite pungent, which is why I prefer to apply it in the house, rather than this being a cream I would carry around in my handbag.
On a more positive note, I find that the cream is easy to massage into my hands and only a relatively small amount is required per application. It sinks in rather quickly and although it does leave a very slight residue, it's not at all sticky or greasy, so I can get on with what I'm doing.
After use, I find that this leaves my hands feeling very supple and hydrated. The dry skin around my cuticles is softened and looks much healthier, which is a huge plus point for the cream. On the downside I find that the strong scent lingers, which isn't great for me, as it's really not to my taste.
A 75ml tube of this cream usually retails at £4.00 but is currently in the Avon brochure for just £1.50 which I think is a bargain. To get yours speak to your local Avon rep or go to www.avonshop.co.uk
To sum up I would say that this is a good hand cream, but not the best I have ever tried. It moisturises well and leaves my hands looking healthy, and I love that it's not sticky, but the smell really puts me off, and I don't feel there is anything special about it. Still, I think it is good enough to be deserving of four stars, but should there ever be an option to award half marks, I think 3.5 stars may be more fitting.
Hands that do dishes will be soft as your face..... the old advert used to say, but some products can be quite harsh and hands can get rough even in this day and age so a good hand cream is essential.
A friend's Granddaughter has been selling Avon to earn some cash and so I buy a few things from her to help. Hand creams are always useful not only for me but along with some shower gel or something similar for little prizes in raffles at groups I go to.
I liked the name Planet Spa, it reminded me of days spent at a Luxury beauty spa and it looked very different from the usual hand creams I bought as the tube was grey in colour with a white design, plus it was on offer at half price! It cost me £1.50 I think
The tube contained 75mls and was described as "dead sea minerals hand cream". The Dead Sea is also known as the Salt Sea and the minerals are used in lots of cosmetics because of their properties. Salt is a great healer and together with the minerals contained in this hand cream, Avon claims that that it will soften rough hands and dehydrated skin, help prevent nail breakage and improve skin texture.
The clear flip lid opens easily and immediately I could smell a lovely fresh clean smell, rather like a shower gel for men! Definitely something men could use as it wasn't floral but although quite highly perfumed at first it mellows and although after a while I could still smell it, it wasn't too over powering. The cream is pale grey in colour and is absorbed very quickly, leaving my skin soft but not oily or greasy. I
I was quite surprised that by using it every night my hands actually became softer and more hydrated, even though I thought they were quite good to begin with, so it did improve my skin. Whether it's a coincidence or not, but my nails have been better and have grown without breaking.
I actually love the fragrance and find I can smell it on my hands when I snuggle down which calms my senses and I go to sleep really quickly which is unusual for me! Great product Avon, sadly it wasn't in the latest book so I hope it will be back soon as my tube is nearly finished.
Ever since I was a small child I've been fascinated by the Dead Sea so when I saw a tube of Avon Planet Spa Dead Sea Minerals hand cream at the amazing price of 49p I just had to give it a try. I found it sitting on the shelf in one of our many local charity shops and knowing the RRP is normally around the £4 mark and the tube was brand new I felt I'd made a wise buy.
To be fair I don't really have a problem with my hands (luckily) although they can be prone to dryness and I always use some time of hand cream as I don't want to give my age away!
The tube is 75ml and is a smart grey colour with a flip-open/ close lid which is white and looks good enough to be kept out on display. I always keep mine on my bedside cabinet to ensure that I use it each night but the size is good to take away on holiday, pop in a bag or keep at work as it's just over 5" x 2".
I was amazed by the smell when I first opened it - I was expecting it to have the scent of salt & minerals but it actually reminds me of the dentist. Initially it seems a little too strong, but it soon settles down to be a more pleasant fresh/ clean smell. Because of this I'd say it could be used by both sexes which is a bonus in my opinion.
I've been using this cream for about 14 nights now and although I wasn't really expecting it to make a difference to my hands I have to say that I have - they are much softer and look smoother. I also don't have any dry patches, I haven't experienced any gloopiness and the tube has loads left as I've found a 10p piece is ample to do both hands and wrists.
I've used thicker handcreams and pricey ones too but I'd recommend looking out for this Dead Sea Minerals handwash and give it a go when it's on offer as it suits me down to the ground.
I have recently brought the Planet Spa Dead Sea Replenishing hand cream from Avon - I had previously used the African Shea Butter hand and cuticle cream (please see review) but decided whilst on the Avon website to try this one out.
The main reason I chose this product was because of the name: Dead Sea Minerals - I know the Dead Sea has amazing moisturising qualities so once I saw the name I was sold.
The Dead Sea
Located in Jordan/Israel, the Dead Sea is one of the most famous in the world. It has so much salt in it, you float. This is praised for skin. The Dead Sea is currently disappearing and is 422 metres below sea level, making it the lowest place on Earth.
The cost was £2.00 reduced from £4.00. This is a new Avon product.
The product comes in a tube that is grey and has a white flip lid. The tube itself has Planet Spa and the product name written on it with all the ingredients and directions on the back in eight languages.
The tube is smooth and looks smart and quite expensive. There is a white motif on the front by the product name.
The tube contains 75 ml.
The tube is approximately 14 cm in length and 5 cm at the widest point.
It is the perfect size to slip in your hand bag or keep in your desk draw.
Whilst I use moisturiser because of my dry hands I also have quite a sensitive nose and don't like overly smelly products, I must admit when you open the cap on the tube the smell is quite over powering, it smells like the paste the dentists use to make a mould of your mouth. You know the stuff they put in to set. This is lucky I'm not scared of dentists or had any bad experiences, or this could put me off enormously.
The moisturiser itself is a grey colour as well; it is quite cold and runny. It smells quite natural and fresh (even though it's a bit dentisty).
I quite like the smell although it is quite strong and I wouldn't be able to have lots on my hands at once.
You don't need a lot either which helps the smell situation. I have a pound coin's worth on my hands and rub it in. It isn't greasy which is a big bonus as some creams are really heavy and leave visible signs they've been used. This cream is subtle and while it smells the smell is fragrant and lasts a while once you've used the cream, but it is nice.
The cream isn't clumpy or sticky and leaves feeling super soft.
I often use this cream overnight in my cotton mittens and I find this intense moisturising also works well with this cream, it really makes a difference to your hands and their softness.
Overall my hands feel a lot softer and I would rate this over a lot of other moisturizers, I will probably buy this again or stick to the range, I do like to try new things. It is good value for money and lasts ages!