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I have very sensitive skin and do not use soap because they irritate and dry my skin. On my hands I get dermatitis which is inflammation of the skin when bad I use emollients to clean my hands when my hands are healed I use hand washes. I tend to try various different products. I came across Carex moisture plus hand wash made by Cussons In the chemist which was a Lloyd's Pharmacy where they had a two for one offer. I thought this was quite a bargain and was worth a try. It is 250ml bottle and is a square shaped bottle, the sides of the bottle are curved inward, which I felt make it easy to grip. It is a clear bottle with a blue label. The hand wash is white coloured and is a creamy substance rather than a gel substance. It has a pump dispenser which I twisted to open on first use. Then I push down on the pump nozzle to use. It as a slightly scented soap smell which quickly wore off when I dried my hands, This creamy liquid gives a good lather when I mixed it with water. When I wash my hands with Carex moisturise plus they have a soft feeling and my hands do not go red dry and itch also my fingers do not get fissured skin like some hand wash and soap can course them to do. This is why I especial like this hand wash. Wrote on the bottle is that it has triple moisturising, it contains vitamin E and kill 99% of bacteria. I know vitamin E is good for the skin because I study nutrition at college it is an antioxidant that repairs and protects the skin. I use Vitamin E oil for my skin plus I eat avocado and nuts which contain vitamin E. I cannot say how well it works in a hand wash all I knows is has soon as you use it on your hand you are washing it straight off. Same with the moisturising it is not in contact with the skin for a long period to keep them moisturised. All soap and hand wash contain Sodium laureate sulphate which is a detergent that dissolves the oils on your skin. I could go into the chemistry of detergent. Soap and water was a subject on my exam paper many years ago but I won't blind you with science. The statement on the bottle says it kills of 99% of bacteria I see must household products are saying this. I found on Carex .uk website a statement saying "theirs kill bacteria in seconds where some other hand wash can take say 5 minutes.It is Dermatologically tested" Also the product contains Lactic acid which is said to" help your skin repair and regenerate "I can't verify whether it does are not. All I know is it cleans my hands and does not dry my skin out. I do feel that the added triple moisturising in the wash means I'm giving my hands the best care I can plus with the use of hand moisturiser after washing my hands they should hopeful stay in good condition. I have one of these in my kitchen and also in the bathroom just be careful to avoid contact with stainless steel and naturals stone there is a warning stating this on back of the bottle .But it doesn't say why. Some Retail stores you can buy Carex moisture plus hand wash are Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds pharmacy and most chemist also stores, Poundland ,Tesco ,Waitrose and Sainsbury Some online websites you can buy Carex moisture plus hand wash on are www.amazon.co.uk www.chemistdirect.co.uk and wwwboots.com. At the time of this review the price range was £1.40 to £1.80 depending on where you buy from and at the moment Waitrose as Carex moisturise plus on offer for 2 for ! on their website http://www.waitrose.com
If I decide to buy a hand wash then it's usually going to be one by Carex. I do also buy shop's own brand hand washes (especially Tesco's) but if I happen to be in Home Bargains I usually manage to pickup a 300ml sized hand wash for around 31. This compares very favourably with the ones they sell in Tesco's and other supermarkets. Carex Moisture Plus Hand wash is a product I have in the downstairs cloakroom at the moment. We've used several bottles of this particular hand wash before, as well as others in the Carex range, but this one differs in that it's slightly less drying on our hands than the one we have in the kitchen on the windowsill. Carex Moisture Plus Hand wash comes in the same shaped and sized bottle as the other hand washes in this range, but this one isn't the normal blue colour you'd expect in an antibacterial hand wash - this one is a nice sort of pearly white in colour and as the bottle is also transparent, you can actually see the colour of the contents inside. As with the other hand washes, this one also comes in a very useful pump dispenser. The first time you use it you have to twist the top back and forth to get it to click into place and then press down gently a few times with the pump and slowly but surely a small blob of pearly coloured hand wash will appear out of the top. I wet my hands before using this (and not afterwards as my husband does) and then the lather starts to appear ore or less immediately. It's really quite a foamy and creamy antibacterial hand wash, especially when I compare it to the Carex original one. It feels soft and silky as I wash it between my hands and fingers and it has a very light floral, almost magnolia smell to it. It's actually a very pleasant light fragrance and once I've rinsed my hands well, I also find that the smell lingers afterwards for a while. It does add a bit of moisture to my hands and this one definitely does not dry out my skin as much as the original Carex Hand wash does. It seems kinder and more gentle and though I still have to use a hand cream, it's not as harsh as the other ones are this same range. It's a nice hand wash for the downstairs loo and as it's a neutral colour, it blends in with most colour schemes. It's basically a great hand wash that does a fabulous job and cleaning all the family's hands and keeping them soft and well moisturised at the same time. Highly recommended.
I used to buy a very inexpensive supermarket own brand which I found was excellent, but unfortunately for some reason they stopped selling it. I have tried several different brands since including Carex, which now seems to be becoming one of the most popular - well there are certainly more Carex hand-wash varieties on show than any other at my local supermarket. I haven't really noticed a moisturizing effect though after using Carex Moisture Plus Hand Wash with Vitamin E. Maybe that's because I usually apply hand cream after hand washing. I have tried several anti-bacterial hand washes though which sometimes had a "drying" effect on my hands. I am pleased to see that this Carex Hand Wash is also anti-bacterial and claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria. I am pleased to see that regular hand washing is being encouraged by the use of such products as this, especially where children are concerned. It is a much more hygienic method of hand washing than a soggy tablet of soap on the washbasin!
I have to wash my hands very often, in general I was them about 15 times a day so have lots of experience with all sorts of soaps. My most used brand is Carex. This hand wash does not suffer from the issue of many of the other Carex hand washing which is that they slide off your hands easily and you therefore waste a good majority of it down the sink without it actually getting used. This one seems to be more of a cream than a jelly. This makes it far easier to lather it up into a foam. Many of the Carex products, although advertised as moisturising, are definitely not. I do still find this to be the case with this product - HOWEVER it is far better than usual. Usually I may only be able to wash my hands 5 times before I MUST use a moisturiser to prevent my hands cracking, however with this one I can go far longer, maybe up to 15 or 20 times. Carex hand washes tend to be on offer very frequently which takes it from a premium priced brand to am everyday priced brand I have seen it as low as £1 for 300ml and sometimes it even comes with 200ml extra fro free - making it 500ml.