* Prices may differ from that shown
This is a treatment from the CLARINS range, by the experts.
With sesame oil and Japanese mulberry this smells wonderful on the skin and aims to provide you with an' invisible glove of protection' this is their selling angle, bless them.
This will over time is applied on a regurlar basis prevents againg, age spots, lines and wrinkles.
The added bonus is that is will soften your cuticles and strengthen your nails.
This product was not bad but unlike the Champneys brand [recently reviewed] this does not have that same impact on first use or thereafter.
I would go as far as to say I see more of a difference with Nivea or Dove than with a renowned brand like CLARINS.
Don't get me wrong this smells lovely, you don't need to apply a lot either because it spreads very well with a small amount however my skin didn't feel protected at all and my cuticles didn't personally appear softer or nails stronger. I tried this for five weeks to give it time but sadly it didn't win me over. x
I have never bought a clarins product before simply because of the price. However a sales assistant collared me in boots and gave me a very good pitch. Apparently this is the best selling skin care product in the world and even the queen uses it! Whether or not this is true I thought I would try some. I was so impressed that despite the hefty price tag I bought it and have now been using it for a few weeks.
The cream comes in a white tube with the familiar red clarins logo on the front. It is far from beautiful but looks quite clinical to me.
The cream itself is very thick but despite this a little seems to go quite a long way (a good thing given the price!). It is absorbed really quickly into the hands and also around the nail area. It leaves my hands feeling smoother and more conditioned than any other hand cream I have ever used.
My only criticism of the product is the fragrance. The sales lady assured me that there is no added fragrance. However the natural aroma of the ingredients was not one I liked. It is hard to pin point the smell but once I realised that the cream contains lavender I realised that it was this that I didn't like. Having said that after half an hour I can no longer detect this fragrance and given the moisturising and soothing effect that it has on my hands I am happy to put up with the short term fragrance.
The clarins hand and nail treatment cream comes in a 200 ml tube and usually costs £21. This is well over my usual hand cream budget but now I've got used to such a great product I'm going to find it hard not to buy it again!
In summary this is a very effective but costly hand cream. Highly recommended and only dropped a heart due to the price.
I was given my first tube of this about 11 years ago as a gift, I was working in a job where my hands were always dry, one of the other ladies was always offering me her hand cream to use and I loved it so one day she gifted me what was left of her current tube which was so kind of her. I have bought this on and off when I can justify it since then.
The hand and nail cream is made by Clarins, my current tube is from last Christmas so is a little old but comes in an all while plastic tube with simple red text on it.
The cream is a solid bright white the same as the bottle actually, it is a nice smooth consistency, not thick so it is hard so squeeze out but not runny either. It rubs into the skin so smoothly and absorbs almost instantly, I think this is one of my favourite things about this lotion, many leave my hands greasy but this product soaks in and leaves no residue at all.
The lotion does have an odd smell, I am hopeless at explaining, its got hints of sweetness but is not any natural scent that I can pin it as. It's not nasty but its also not one that I find myself sniffing the air thinking it smells yummy.
What is really special about this cream is that it is also a nail treatment and helps strengthen your nails as well as moisturise your hands.
Does it work? ....
My hands adore this cream, I need a very small amount of it to moisturise my hands and they look and feel amazing after I have used it. The directions say to use morning and night, however I will admit I just use as and when I feel I need it and have not had a problem.
I am not sure it's done anything for my nails, I can not say I have ever noticed any improvement in them when using it.
This gets more and more expensive, I did not buy my last tube it was a gift so not sure what it cost however it is currently £21 in Boots and £17 on Clarins own site for 100ML
I adore this product, I hate its cost! While it is possibly the best hand lotion out there I really do not think that £21 is a reasonable price for it. Although it is a good sized tube and lasts ages it is still too much. As a lotion it gets a 5, dries fast, no residue and moisturises perfectly. I can not comment on the brown spots because I have non and I have not noticed any massive improvement in my nails but it is that good a moisturiser it still gets a 5 from me!
I was given a tube of Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream as a gift last Christmas from my mother in law. I’ve since bought another tube as I loved the first one so much and it did wonders for my hands and nails. This tube is white plastic with the familiar red Clarins writing and logo on the front. The tube has a twist off cap, contains 150ml of hand and nail treatment and cost me £14. It’s a lot of money, I know, but it’s really worth it once you start to use it you begin to realise why it’s so expensive.
The hand cream itself is a thick consistency and won’t drip from your hand even if you hold it upside down (I’ve tried it). It’s pale yellow colour and smells slightly but nothing which I can actually put my finger on. It’s just a fresh kind of neutral smell that is really quite nice.
This cream’s main ingredient is Shea Butter which I always think is wonderful for the skin as it’s a fantastic moisturiser and whenever I buy a body lotion I always try to lookout for this particular ingredient. I only use a tiny amount and it rubs in so well and is very easily absorbed into both the skin and the nail area.
I feel that since I’ve used this cream most days since I received my first tube, it has definitely improved both the texture and smoothness of my skin on my hands but it’s really done wonders with strengthening my nails. My nails used to be terribly flaky and crumbly and as I massage this into my nails most nights I honestly feel that it’s strengthened and improved them no end.
It’s an expensive product but it lasts forever and a tiny bit goes a very long way so I feel it’s definitely worth every penny.
I love it and really recommend it.
I would never normally spend so much on hand cream but in the Winter my hands were really suffering and nothing was really working for me. A colleague recommended this so I thought I'd give it a go.
Clarins is a high end brand that specialises in both cosmetics and skincare. It is available in all department stores and some Boots stores, it is also available online.
* Professional, emollient-rich treatment--with soothing Sesame Oil and fortifying Japanese Mulberry--forms an invisible protective "glove" that shields hands from the elements, minimising signs of ageing.
* Softens and comforts dry, chapped, irritated skin. Helps strengthen nails and condition cuticles for naturally youthful-looking hands.
Normally I hate using hand cream, I hate my hands feeling greasy! One of my favourite things about this product was the texture it was rich but not greasy at all, it dried straight away so I could get on with whatever I was doing. My hands were red, cracked and very sore but this helped straight away. Instantly my hands felt softer and smoother. My dry cuticles were gone to! Amazing! The smell was lovely. I don't have a bad word to say about it. It really did live up to every claim, my hands were back to normal within a matter of days and I did notice my nails were stronger to.
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply morning and/or night or whenever skin feels dry. Massage in gently from fingertips to wrists, including the nails and cuticles.
The cream comes in a white tube with the signature clarins red writing. The lid is a screw top.
VALUE FOR MONEY:
It's £20.00 for 100ml of the product and although it is expensive I think it's worth the money as it really is an amazing product and because the cream is so rich a little goes a very long way so the tube does last a long time. I will definitely be repurchasing especially in the Winter!
I have been using Clarins products for a couple of years now and mainly use the cleanser, toner and shower gels. A friend recommended that I try this hand cream, and it took me a while to take her up on the advice as I couldn't bring myself to spend so much money on 'just a hand cream'.
I'm a massive fan of lotions and potions and have tonnes of hand creams in my drawer at home. Usually opting for a cheapish one from boots (Vaseline or similar, which would normally set me back about £4 max).
The Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream was about £18, and I just wasn't sure that I could justify it. One of the Clarins staff members caught me nosing around one day and I explained my predicament, she was lovely and let me try a few squirts of the hand cream. I went off and did some shopping before feeling compelled to come back and buy. I loved the trial of the cream, and after having it on for a few hours, I just knew that I would be purchasing the full price bottle.
So, I paid my £18 for a 100ml tube of the lovely stuff. The packaging doesn't really look much as it's just a simple white tub with the Clarins logo and writing in red. It is a squuezy tube with a screw-top lid. The hand cream is a lovely consistency, meaning that you can hold the tube with the hole at the bottom and the contents won't just drip out. The tube needs to be gently squeezed to get the product out and it's very easy to control the amount that you get.
The cream has a lovely, lightly perfumed scent and it smells very fresh and clean. The texture is incredibly smooth and it feels very light when you put it on, almost like wearing a silky glove. It makes my hands instantly feel soft and I love the feeling of having it on - something I've never experienced with a hand cream before.
The effects of the cream seem to last well and my hands will be soft all day. I usually use the product once a day, in the morning.
The product claims to moisturise, revitalise and soften - all of which I can confirm that it does very well. It also claims that it will protect hands again external aggressions, minimise age spots and strengthen nails and I'm not sure that I can really comment on these as I haven't really seen the results.
Overall, I am in love with this product and would say that it's really worth splashing out and treating yourself. It cheers me up to use it and it's something that I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
I work as a nurse and therefore have to wash my hands a million times a day and, as such, my hands and nails get incredibly dry and cracked - and in pretty bad condition. I have tried many hand and nail creams over the years - including those from some pretty big names. One of the creams I have tried is Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream. The Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is very expensive with a 100 ml tube costing £19.00 from Boots - and this is far more than I would normally be willing to pay for a hand cream, but I actually managed to buy it using points.
The cream comes in a pretty nondescript plastic tube with the typical Clarins design - which is white and browny red. This tone initially comes in a box which also has a user information leaflet enclosed which gives product information and directions which are clear and concise.
The cream is a white emulsion that is easily squeezed from the tube. I find that I only need to use a very small amount of the cream to cover both hands and it easily spreads over my hands. I tend to start by rubbing it into the palms of my hands and onto the backs of my hands and then massage the cream into my fingers, taking time to massage my fingernails, concentrating on the dry skin around my nails. The cream is thick and feels quite luxurious - and because it is thick it does take a while for it to be absorbed. It's quite nice that it takes a while for it to be absorbed because I tend to like to take the opportunity to massage my hands as I'm rubbing it in, and therefore as it's slightly greasy and takes a while to absorb actually allows this massaging process. However, once the cream has been applied for about 10 minutes, the cream is absorbed into the skin and the greasy feeling is replaced by a moisturised feeling.
The cream definitely does moisturise very well and my hands do feel smoother and in much better condition following application of the cream. This cream is supposed to also help protect against ageing spots and I'm not sure about this because I don't have this cream all the time. I am 39 and I think the pigmentation on my skin has changed slightly over the last few years.....but obviously I can't say whether this would be the case if I was using this cream all of the time.
Overall, I do this this is a very good hand cream, but I'm not sure it is worth the £19.00 price tag - and I think it's costing that amount simply because of the Clarins name.
I was given a tube of this cream as a gift, and seeing as it's very expensive (£19.50) I was really delighted. As with all Clarins products, the packaging is lovely and it looks nice on the shelf. The flat lid means you can also get all the cream out of the tube as well. You only need to use a little bit, so a tube lasts for a few months.
The ingredients include shea butter, sesame oil and myrrh extract. Despite the butter and oil, it did not leave my hands greasy and it sank in easily. However, shortly after application my hands (which were already very dry and chapped) did get very red and itchy. After an hour this did calm down and my skin was softer but it was quite painful and stinging to start off with. After a few applications this did stop happening, and I think this may have been due to the state of my hands rather than the cream. This product did benefit my nails which were stronger and seemed to grow more.
If it wasn't for the price tag, I would have bought more of this cream when this tube ran out. However, until Clarins come up with a cheaper version, I'll only be using it when I'm bought some as a present!
In our house we always tend to go a little over the top with our Christmas stockings... the whole idea of Christmas stockings apparantly originated in Holland back in the 16th century when children would leave our their clogs on Christmas Eve. Inside their clogs they would leave hay and a carrot for what we refer to as the reindeers. The whole idea behind this has become somewhat modernised and children (or adults who just can't let their stocking go) leave a stocking out on Christmas Eve and wake up to find it filled with gifts and treats. My mum always remarks that she used to get a chocolate bar, a coin and a satsuma in her stocking when she was younger but due to the material world in which we live I think very few children would be satisfied with that!
One of the more lavish Christmas stocking fillers I received this year was a tube of Clarins "Crème Jeunesse des Mains" which is basically a hand cream. It comes packaged in the traditional Clarins colour - a classic white tube with the famous red logo and red wording. The writing informs you that the hand and nail treatment cream will soften hands, minimize age spots and strengthen nails too. The only other colour is on the base of the tube and that's a gold rim which gives quite an elegant air to the tube. The tube stands upright on any flat surface which is ideal for storing it neatly on a bed side table or in a bathroom.
The cream is dispensed by unscrewing the simple white lid and then gently squeezing the tube. It is off white in colour, more of a very pale cream colour, and is very thick in terms of consistency. When you squeeze it out of the tube it will retain its shape and does not run or spread like other creams. The cream has a very mild, slightly synthetic smell to it which I've come to associate with Clarins products. The scent fades very quickly but is pleasant enough smelling really. The texture is very smooth and it rubs into my hands effortlessly to leave them feeling smooth and soft. There are no hints of grease in sight and it soaks in immediately. The cream contains sesame seed oil, myrrh extract and Japanese mulberry which all work to protect and soften your hands.
The only real problem that I've found with this product is the fact that it has a screw on lid. Now this is simple enough to get off, but when I'm trying to screw it back on once I've just put cream all over my hands it can be a little tricky. Personally I prefer flip lids on hands creams as the lid is easier to close.
The Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream currently retails at £18.00 for an 100ml tube in both Boots and Debenhams. This does seem to be the standard price but I have noticed it at lower prices on various websites so it is worth searching as you may find you can acquire a tube for around the £14 mark.
The Conclusion (I couldn't think of another word beginning with P!)
I've been using this for just five nights now and already I can see the difference in my hands and nails. Prior to Christmas the skin around my nails was flaking away, my cuticles were looking very dry and my knuckles were quite red. Since I've started using this all those conditions have lessened dramatically, my hands feel much softer and my cuticles are just about starting to look better.
When I lived at home I used to pinch my mum's tube most nights and my hands have never been quite as soft or as conditioned looking as they did back then. I find about a large pea sized blob is sufficient to cover my hands and I do spend about a minute massaging it into my hands and around each nail as well. I usually put it on before going to bed each night and my hands feel beautifully soft each morning so it is very long lasting as well.
I would definitely recommend this as being the best hand cream I've ever come across, despite the price I do think it's worth the money and am hopeful that a tube will last around six months.
Thanks for reading.
Picture the scene-a cold rainy night in a dark winding street, lit only by a single street lamp. Ahead there's a bar, buzzing with folks soaking in the warmth of their surroundings, laughing and drinking, carefree and happy. But here, it's cold. Bitterly cold. I know where I want to be, and I know that I can only be there with you by my side. Without you, there's no way I'm taking these dry cracked hands to any bar in any town.
You came to me some time ago, through an old friend. There was no chance I was ever gonna pay for you Clarins- sure you're classy but I ain't parting with the eighteen British Dollars for your 100mls for nobody, no matter how pretty you look. And gee, yeah, you looked real pretty. Your slick white tube and red letters...when I first met you, I never noticed the gold ring around your lid, but now, well, I see it now. So Clarins, I heard you had extracts of Sesame, Japanese Mulberry and Myrrh. What happened to the Gold and Frankincense huh? It's all Greek to me Clarins, but you sure smelt good. Strong and lingering, but good. I'll never forget that musky mysterious scent, the scent of a woman...
My hands, ageing and sore; they've done some dirty work, that's for sure. But all it took Clarins, was to hold you close and squeeze you tight. And then the magic began. You're beautiful inside and out Clarins. Your thick dreamy potion glistens in the moonlight, pearlescent. And my hands? A few close encounters with you and they're like new hands, no word of a lie. You were so, well, easily absorbed. You sure were never one to leave a greasy old residue like the others. The clocks have been stopped and ten years have rolled back, the dryness gone, the softness unreal. And my nails Clarins...well I think you know about my nails. From brittle and flaky, to good as new, yep, you know about my nails. I never believed there'd be nothin' that'd fix these old talons, but you knew how to condition them, for sure.
Did I use you Clarins? Yeah, I used you. Every darn evening I used you. But sparingly. I didn't need too much of you every time we met. A little love went a long way. I look back now Clarins- the smell of you, the way you held my hands and made them brand new...I miss you, that's the truth.
So here I am, bitterly cold. Alone. Alone and with parched hands and flakin' nails. It's been more than a year since you ran out on me and I'm lost without you. But I'm torn Clarins. I love you...I just don't wanna pay for you. You're a five star girl at a five star price.
I'm hoping we'll meet again Clarins. Maybe an old friend will bring you back to me one day. Perhaps...perhaps it'll be at Christmas.
My hands are very dry usually and I tend to neglect them really. I don't particularly like the greasy feeling and as I am always doing something I do not really have the time to wait for them to dry! I do a lot of climbing and exercising and find that I get quite a few callouses on my palm near my fingers. The rowing machine and rope climber I use really take it out of my skin. Not only this, the skin on the side of my nails gets so dry that it often peels off, leaving the skin underneath quite sore. This is not a very attractive look and after much complaining I was bought the Clarins hand cream.
*Price and availability*
This product costs around £14.00 from the Clarins counters and comes in the 150ml size. Not much for your money but it is the perfect size for a handbag!
The thick moisturiser comes in White tube with a cap on the end. The tube is easy to squirt but on the same token, the bottle is controllable.
The actual hand cream is thick and yellow in colour. There is no particular scent to it, but I think you can still a little bit of the Shea butter which smells a bit like macadamia nuts. Shea butter is use as it has great moisturising properties and it is a natural ingredient. The product also contains sesame seed oil, Japanese mulberry, condurango bark and myrrh extract. These natural ingredients help to heal damaged skin as well as moisturising it.
I have fallen in love with this product because it is a pleasure to rub into my hands. I use a very small amount; around the size of my little finger nail and work it in to my skin and nails. Using only a small amount means that I never have to suffer that dreadful feeling of having greasy hands!
Since using the product I have noticed a significant improvement in the health of my hands. My skin feels and looks better and my nails look conditioned.
Although the product is expensive, you only need a very small amount to make your hands feel wonderful. The moisturiser is quite thick and very smooth. Due to this, it is easy to rub in and it soaks in straight away, meaning I can get on with whatever I am doing at the time. It doesn't leave that greasy, slippy hand feeling; making it perfect for use at work when I need to type and hold things. When I have time, for an extra little treat I like to massage it deep into my cuticles to help the health of my hails. This is best performed just before going to bed and leaving it to work into the skin and nails over night.
The callouses on my hands are still there, but they do not peel or flake as often. My hands feel softer and smoother rather than chapped and flaky.
I would recommend this product to anyone who has not had much luck with other hand creams. It is quite expensive but the tube is lasting me ages and I seem to be always applying it! I like the fact that it doesn't have much of a smell today and like the fact that it soaks in quickly without being greasy.
I will definitely be buying this one again.
I was handed the Clarins hand and nail treatment down from my mother who had received it as part of a gift set for her birthday. I was happy to be trying the treatment out as i had never seen it before. Clarins products are expensive but i feel most of the products i have purchased are worth the money. I really don't mind paying money for Clarins as long as the product works well as so far i haven't been disappointed.
Clarins hand and nail treatment cream costs around £16.00, can be purchased from Boots, Debenhams and John lewis stores. Clarins hand and nail treatment cream comes in a tube that contains 100ml. The tube comes in a white cardboard box that is white in colour, has red writing on it clearly stating that it is the hand and nail treatment cream, it has this writing on the box twice as its in french first at the top.
Clarins hand and nail treatment cream tube is white and made from plastic, it has a flick cap lid that acts as the base for the tube to stand on its own. The cap lid can screw off completely so you can remove the foil seal before using the product.
When the lid cap is flicked up there is a small hole for the cream to come out.
Clarins hand and nail treatment cream has a creamy thick texture to it and has a lovely clean fresh smell to it. To use the treatment only a small blob is needed to do both hands, the tube needs a little squeeze to get the cream out. I put a blob in the palm of one hand and gently rub and spread the cream onto both hands. The cream is quiet light and absorbs well. After using the product i felt my hands to be hydrated but not greasy like some products do.
I did use this cream treatment for roughly two months and over all there was a difference in the condition of my nails. My cuticles' often get damaged and look messy but after using the cream they were smooth and barely noticeable. I also noted that the little ridges on my nails have gone, now look and feel smooth. My hands have seen the biggest change in as they looked dry and dull before, now have hydrated moisturised radiant skin look healthy now. Clarins hand and nail treatment cream is for normal skin and although i had dry patches on my hands they had not cracked or got too bad so i have no idea how this product would work on badly cracked , dry damaged skin.
The treatment contains keratin great for the nails. Mostly all of the ingredients are natural extracts.
I really like the Clarins hand and nail treatment cream and when i have a few extra pennies i shall treat myself to another tube as i'm down to my last drop. I have had the treatment cream for three months now, used daily and sparingly so i'm really happy with how long it has lasted.
I recommend Clarins hand and nail treatment cream.
This is yet another little freebie sample sized product that I got when I bought a few full sized Clarins products. I find that Clarins are nearly as good as Clinique in regards to giving you some freebies, but I guess that could be why I keep buying from them. I like the little products and at least you get to try new products and find out if you like them or not.
I got this in a tiny little 10ml tube, but that was enough for a few goes of this.
The tube for this is alright. It looks just like the picture and my tube was just a mini version of the full sized tube. The colouring of a white tube with red writing is alright, but there does seem to be a lot of writing on the tube.
After looking online I see that you get this in a 100ml tube and I would assume that this is the only size that you get of this. I see from looking online that this can cost from £13 upwards, so quite expensive for a Hand Cream, but this is a designer brand afterall.
This contains Shea Butter, Sesame Seed Oil and Myrrh Extract. I know that Shea Butter is good for softening your skin and is probably in most Hand Creams to be honest.
This Cream is quite thick and I just put a small blob of this onto my Hands to see how this done. I rubbed my hands together and this seemed to coat my hands well. My Hands felt a little greasy, but after only a few minutes this seemed to soak in ok and I didn't feel this greasy on my Hands. There isn't really a scent to this, just perhaps the Shea Butter scent which is a soft of Creamy and I think a touch Musky kind of scent.
I wouldn't say that I have overly dry Hands but I found that this worked well on my Hands and even after just the 1 go of this I felt that my hands were nice and smooth and soft.
This is a great Hand Cream and if I have cash to splash in the future then I would consider this Cream.
I had this bought for me as a gift one Christmas, I always get handcreams, so someone is trying to tell me something. I like Clarins products and find them to be quite rich and luxurious and this hand cream is no exception. You really don't need very much, I find that I can put a tiny blob on each hand just before bed and that's it, I have lovely soft hands for the whole day after. What's more it smells delicious, I don't know what the smell is but I think it's heavenly. The cream absorbs quickly and doesn't feel greasy at all.
The next day my hands are soft and smooth, my cuticles are nice and soft, really my hands just feel nourished. Apparantley the secret to this is are extracts of Sesame, Myrrh and Japanese Mulberry (according to the Clarins website).
I've had a look at the prices online (as I said it was a gift for me), if you go to a department store, you can expect to pay around £18 but I've found it for £14 online.
Clarins have been around since 1954, and the brand gives the impression of not having changed much in all that time. This could be seen as having confidence in their product, as they feel they don't have to change with the whims of fashion. To me the brand has a slightly old fashioned, 'genteel' personality which is kind of comforting and classy.
They use no animal products in their ranges, and say that "sustainable plants are at the heart of the Clarins brand", in 1987 they were the first French company to give up animal testing which is a huge feather in their cap.
Clarins has a very nice website which gives lots of details of their approach, plus the usual gift ideas, products to purchase etc. The wording of the blurb can seem a bit overly 'worthy' for example "by creating charitable programmes that advance social responsibility, environmental preservation, and medical research, Clarins has taken leadership in setting an example for others to follow". However I've been pretty much sucked in by it, overly worthy or not, and look at Clarins as a brand in a more positive light for visiting the site. The address of the site if you are interested is: http://uk.clarins.com. I have mentioned the above (and some other details) in another Clarins review, but as you or non Dooyoo members may not have read my previous reviews I thought it was worth repeating some of the things 'wot I wrote' where relevant.
The packaging is the standard Clarins white and red, boxed with a usage leaflet in many different languages. The tube itself is an easy to use basic recyclable plastic tube with an ergonomic fat screw top lid. As I've mentioned in another Clarins review what I like about this basic packaging is that when you can't whack any more product out of the tube you can just cut it open and scoop out any remaining product collected on the 'ledge' around the dispensing area, and any nestled in corners, or coating the inside of the tube. Because of the creamy texture of this 'treatment' you do get little blobs remaining in the nooks and crannies so you can get enough for a few extra uses by doing this.
The product has a classically Clarins scent, subtly fragrant with a fresh feel to it. It has a lovely light cream consistency, and is soft white in colour. It sinks into the skin with very little 'rubbing in'. It really does feel as if it is getting into the lower levels of the skin where it will do most good rather than just sitting on top, and I'm surprised how hydrating this light cream is. Because it sinks in nice and deeply the skin feels plumped up from within and retains that feeling for longer than many creams are able to achieve. my hands still feel comfortable after washing a couple of times. Though for an instant surge of intense moisture on parched hands I still find other heavier creams more effective (such as L'occitane shea butter hand cream, my favourite). This cream seems to be more about preserving and nurturing a youthful plump look to the skin (which is fine by me) than ensuring the comfort of particularly dry skin, or treating very rough dry skin.
This cream is a fabulous maintenance and moisturising cream for 'normal' skin but if you are looking for more of a 'rescue' treatment for hard working hands or very dry skin you would be better looking for a heavier non perfumed moisturising product containing urea and other heavier moisturising ingredients (like shea butter) such as E45, Eucrin and L'occitane shea butter hand cream, amongst others.
While checking ingredients in this product I noticed that it contains "Condurango Bark extract: astringent" which "helps prevent damp palms" (taken from Clarins website). If you hate the moist even slippery feeling that some hand creams can leave on your palms, making using a pen, keyboard or doing anything else that requires non slipperyness difficult then this would be ideal for you. Personally I don't tend to get moist palms anyway as my hands border on overly dry (I have a touch of eczema, much milder than my sis).
As with all hand creams other than the cheapest simple moisturisers I apply to the backs of my hands and rub it in by rubbing the backs together. As I've mentioned in other hand cream reviews it's a bit of a fiddle but helps more expensive products target the place where they will be of most use. As this is a hand and nail treatment once most of the product has sunk in I use my finger tips to massage the residue around the cuticles and over nails. My cuticles are kept in nice condition and don't peel, tear, or get those little skin tags which can pull painfully. However my cuticles have never been much of a problem area anyway. I know many people may think 'cuticles' Pah! Life's too short!' and I have to admit I would normally be one of them. Since seeing the trouble my sister has had with hers though, tearing and subsequently developing painful infections, and generally being rough and peely (she is uber hygienic but is prone to skin issues partly due to her eczema) I am inclined to take at least some care over mine.
I had high hopes for the nail strengthening qualities of this product as it contains something you do not often see in cheaper products that claim the same results. They usually contain B vitamins and Keratin as their nail treatment components, but this baby hits us with Myrrh extract which gives the nails a lovely natural strengthening/conditioning bath. However my nails are horribly weak and always have been, they do look nice while using this product and are very slightly less likely to peel, but they remain soft and papery and aren't able to grow longer than they normally do (which isn't very long at all) no matter how long I use this product.
Your palms should receive enough moisture by applying in this way, but if not perhaps you could use a cheap moisturising hand cream for comfort in between uses of the Clarins product, which will help the more expensive product go further, of course there's nothing stopping you using the Clarins product throughout the day if you wish. I use other hand cream regularly during day and only use the Clarins in the evening, and morning after I have showered.
I feel it's a shame that this cream doesn't contain a sun screen, as it has some ingredients which target 'age spots', specifically Japanese Mulberry extract, the same as in its 'Age Protect' cream. Because the main cause of age related discolouration is sun exposure it would have seemed logical to back up the discolouration 'treatment' with sun protection. As science backs up it isn't good to be too overly zealous about sun protection, as you need some exposure for you body to be able to manufacture certain vitamins (such as vitamin D), moderation is the key. However I do think the addition of a factor 15 or 20 (minimum) would have been beneficial in this case. If you do like to use sun protection you can of course add your own afterwards, if you like the texture of this cream and find the myrrh extract leaves your nails in good condition this would be a good option to go for.
Another good product from Clarins, having a choice of textures and effects is always a good thing.
Clarins seem to fit a niche of intermediate/high pricing, they are not close in price to supermarket brands on the lower scale, nor are they up there with Crem da la Mere, and Perricone etc in the upper strata
The Clarins website and Boots (comes with 72 advantage points) sell this for £18 per 100ml
Feel unique £16.50 per 100ml with free postage and packaging at the moment
CheapSmells £13.95 per 100ml with free delivery
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