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For some time I have had a problem with dry skin on my hands, in the Winter it is particularly bad which is why I was pleased when I got this as a stocking filler last year.
Available from Boots the Botanics range is a natural product using active plant extracts to treat such skin problems as dry skin. As an added bonus it also has SPF10 protection and anti ageing qualities. What I like about this product is that it is very natural and gentle on skin and really feels like it works. The 75ml bottle is available for about four pounds which is a fair price to pay for soft and supple hands.
The product is fairly thick but doesn't take long to absorb. Because it is quite thick it also lasts for quite a long time. You can use this product as much as you want, so as soon as your hands feel dry you can reapply.
The product has no particular distinctive smell which is a shame because I like my hand cream to smell of something nice whereas this product doesn't really have any smell. You only need a small amount of the product to see results so you won't find yourself using the entire tube just to see the effect. I would say the tube lasts a couple of weeks at least depending on how dry your skin is. This definitely makes a nice little stocking filler as there is no better time when your hands need a little luxury.
I like the packaging for this product too as it is simple and reflects the fact that the product is made from plant extracts. The product is a daily hand cream and as such does need to be applied regularly for it to work.
I would certainly recommend this an essential for your collection of winter products to keep your hands feeling soft and cared for but it is also available all year round for anti ageing protection and protection form sun damage.
I bought this because I am very conscious of skin ageing and I think it shows a lot in the hands, they have a tough time and need some care and prevention in my view. The fact it has SPF 10 in was the main selling point for me, as we all know the sun damages the skin and causes premature ageing so I think it is good to protect your hands daily. I put this on every morning before I leave the house. It takes only a few minutes to absorb which is really good as you can then get on with what you have to do and you are always in a rush in the morning!
It has a delicate fragrance, not overpowering but quite fresh. It is in a clear tube, so you can easily see how much you've got left which is good. Overall the packaging is simple and practical, what more do you need really.
Immediately after applying your hands feel nourished and softened, and you don't have to rub it in too much at all. It doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy either. I think it is a little pricey, there are certainly cheaper options, but not necessarily with the sun care element. Well worth the extra in my view.
I would recommend this product and definitely buy it again. Not just a bog standard hand cream.
~~A shaggy dog story~~
Boots Botanics Daily Hand Therapy SPF10 is readily available in all stores. I got a tube in my Christmas Stocking but have since purchased another one. Not because I had used it all up but because my son's dog Sammy, fancied a chew of the tube (For a while she had the best moisturised mouth in caninedom!). One side benefit of the dog eating the tube, was that I discovered quite by accident, that the cream has a stunning effect on leather upholstery. In fact the bit that the cream had been spilt on and rubbed off, looked so good I had to clean the whole blooming suite!
~~If you get to it before the dog!~~
The cream comes in a flip top tube which it stands on. This means that the cream is in the right place to dispense and doesn't have to be shaken down. The cream is fairly light in consistency and a gentle squeeze delivers enough cream to cover both hands. (or paws and settee!) The usual Botanics logo adorn the label which is pale green and white. I can't remember if it was in a cardboard box, which is a bit worrying because I only bought it about ten days ago. I think not.
My hands tend towards dryness and readily absorb the cream with no oily film left on my skin. I enjoy the extra suppleness this immediately gives my skin. I keep it by the soap dispenser in my kitchen and try to remember to put a blob on after each handwash. One benefit that I noticed within days was that my cuticles haven't cracked since I started using it. There is a factor 10 SPF incorporated too but I can't say this had has much of a test given that we have been living in what feels like semi darkness at this end of the country and year! Any premature aging of my skin isn't being caused by free radicals either unless they get through gloves. (I thought Nelson Mandela was a free radical anyway!)
~~Now that's just rubbing it in!~~
Just under £4.00 buys you 75ml. I think this is a bargain because a little does go a long way. You only need a small amount each time you moisturise. It compares very favourably to me with a lot of very expensive hand cream. In this foul economic climate it can be a real saving with no apparent reduction in quality.
The plastic tube is clear which enables you to see easily how much of the cream is left. I think the cream itself has a nice pale pink colour. It smells lovely with a light floral fruity fragrance. As the cream contains bilberry extract I was expecting it to smell fruitier than it does. (Although, come to think of it, I am not sure if I would recognise the smell of a bilberry!) The fragrance doesn't last a long time but it reminds me of Spring as I put it on, it's hard to describe but I really like it. (I Think Sammy thinks it smells of bone but I haven't asked her!)
~~Putting the Boot's in~~
This is the promotional blurb from Boots. "Containing Bilberry with AHA's to brighten and renew skin surface and collagen protecting flavonoids and Equisetum which both refines and tones the skin. Plant extracts at levels that really work, combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally. Authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew"
I have put this in because you might be interested and because someone might be able to explain to me what flavonoids and Equisitum are. Equisitum sounds like an attack of Delhi Belly to me but that can't be right! Flavanoids sound as though they should be being rescued from a distant planet by the crew of Star Trek Enterprise but I doubt if that's right either. From my point of view, whatever the contents are they work very well. I have moisturised, soft and supple skin on my hands and at the price it costs I can afford to slather it on. Not that I need to, like I said, a little goes a long way.