“ Brand: Clinique / Type: Hand Cream / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Moisturizes, „
Last Christmas, I was five months pregnant, and, given that I couldn't drink, wear 'normal' clothes, eat certain foods etc, I was given a fair amount of hand cream! And it was a good thing, too, as I was suffering from Odema (swollen hands), and massaging them really helped.
One of the hand gifts I was given was Clinique Water Therapy Moisture Glove Hand Cream. The 100ml tube is a light green in colour with a top-down screw lid design, and the Clinique logo in a shiny silver. The idea, apparently, behind the hand cream is that it provides the hands, once the hand cream has been applied, with an invisible 'film' or 'glove' to repel water and prevent drying. A good idea if it works.
So, on applying the hand cream I was surprised to find that it is very thick and white, I expected it to be a bit creamier or smoother, this was at room temperature (approximately 19 degrees). The smell is pretty bland actually, just a strong cream smell (a bit like Sudocrem has it's own 'cream' smell, which isn't a fragrance in itself). On applying it I did find it ever so slightly greasy but it did sink in quickly. It does feel nice to massage with because it has the slightly greasy almost petroleum jelly sort of feel to it - which means you can massage it around before it sinks in.
On washing my hands (which I did a lot in pregnancy and do even more with a baby), I could tell there was something there, ever so slightly, but to be honest you get this feeling with all hand creams, so I don't think the stated 'glove' is much of a selling point personally. It does make your hands feel soft and especially my cuticles and nails, however I get pretty much the same results with my usual hand cream, Champneys Moisture Miracle, which is cheaper, the packaging is nicer, and smells much nicer. In fact when I can't get hold of Champneys I use regular Vaseline Intensive Care for £1 a tube and it works just as well as the Clinique - and the Clinique is a whopping £15 a tube (100ml) from Boots. So you could have 15 bottles for the same price and not really be losing out.
Overall it was a nice gift and I do continue to use it but unlike some higher priced treats I've been given, which I've loved and subsequently purchased again and again, I can state for sure that I won't be buying Clinique Water Therapy Moisture Glove Hand Cream again, as I just can't see the unique selling point here and I can't justify the price!
I'm not good at applying hand cream, with four children (and even before my family expanded to that ridiculous level) I just couldn't be bothered with having to wait for greasy and/or sticky hands to dry. I don't know why it is that the EEC says I cannot buy a banana with too much curve, but hand cream manufacturers are allowed to call their products 'non-greasy' when they blatantly all are?! I started using Clinique's Water Therapy Moisture Glove Hand Cream (snappy name, huh?) after a friend of a friend passed on a load of sample sachets to me, at the time I was having problems with dryness and some slight itching so I decided to at least use the sachets up and see whether the cream helped at all.
It's not bad, personally I wouldn't pay anywhere near the £15 price tag for a 100ml tube but it did give the skin on my hands a much needed boost and left them soft and smooth (if a bit greasy!) from the very first application.
This hand cream has been developed by dermatologists and includes an activated water to really help seal the moisture in the skin of my hands. The cream is extremely thick when it comes out of the sachet (or tube, if you've not been lucky enough to get a free sample), it's so thick that it actually feels like a dry-ish lump before rubbing in - which isn't a particularly nice or luxurious feeling, believe me! It does melt into a creamier consistency once I start rubbing it in, but never really develops into the pampering-type product I was expecting from the blurb on the Clinique site.
The idea of it is that the cream will absorb into your skin, but after rubbing it in it creates an invisible 'glove' on your hands. Now, I'm always dubious of these kinds of claims as I fear getting into the Emperor's New Clothes territory but I do actually believe it in this case despite the fact that I can't see or feel the glove effect. The main beneficial effect is that the hand cream is so quick to absorb, like any other hand cream on the planet it does leave me with a very slight greasy feeling for a few minutes after application but in fairness to the product this disappears much quicker than other brands so is less irritating.
Immediately after applying the hand cream I'm always surprised by how soft my hands feel, to be honest I lead quite an easy life so my hands don't get into a red and dry state very often but the effects of the Moisture Glove cream are still fab. For me it works to keep my hands feeling soft and smooth, it was excellent when I was going through the dry stage at the beginning of the year but I know from experience that any cheap hand cream would have sorted out that particular problem in time. It's hard to discuss how well the 'glove' works but one thing I can say is that with a young baby I do wash my hands a lot and after using this hand cream I can feel that there's definitely a difference in how the water acts on my skin. It's something I can't put into words, just a gut feeling I have that something in the cream is preventing the water from absorbing into my skin.
Since using the Moisture Glove cream I've also noticed my nails are looking great, this is something I'm happy to attribute directly to the cream as my nails are rarely in brilliant condition (due to them being naturally brittle) and I can see a huge difference, especially in the cuticle area. Since spotting this unexpected effect I've made an specific point of massaging a small amount of cream into each nail and I really can see a huge difference in both the strength and condition of my nails.
I've been using this hand cream for around four months now, applying it on average twice a day, and can see why it's such a popular product. I don't particularly like the thickness or intensely creamy smell of the cream, talking of the smell I also dislike the way the sickly cream aroma lingers on my hands for literally hours after application. I also have to take care to apply when my five month old son is sleeping as if he happens to bite one of my fingers (teething frenzy) soon after I've used this hand cream he pulls the sort of face that tells me there's a nasty taste to it. This leads me to believe that this isn't quite such a gentle product as Clinique would have you think, although to be fair unless you're an adult thumb-sucker the taste of the hand cream shouldn't come into it.
I do like it, but not being much of a hand cream lover I do think this is overpriced. I also have a tube of Soap & Glory's Hand Food on the go, this is much cheaper (and very often on special offer, unlike Clinique) and seems to keep my hands in the same excellent condition when used regularly as part of my skin care regime.
Where I work I end up washing my hands a lot. They get so dry and it really bothers me. I have tried many hand creasm, but some are inconvenient as they can make your hands greasy and then it's imposible to do anything for quite sometime after you have used it. I decided to use a different tactic and bought some of the cotton gloves you can wear to lock moisture in. I got them from the Boots No7 range, and have since bought many different hand creams to try and go with them. When I bought a selection set from Clinique from a deaprtment store, one of the products in my set was Cliniques water therapy moisture glove hand cream. I looked in my local department store and the individual price for a full sized tube of this is around £22.
The product is packaged in very typical Clinique branding. It is pale green, with no picture and simple clear text. It is safe to say this is aimed at middle class young to middle aged women, rather than teenagers and the fashion market. The tube is triangular in shape with a flat lid which it can sit on, which helps to get the last bit of product out at the end of the tube's life. The product is easy to squeeze out as the plastic it is in is soft and maleable.
The cream is white in appearance. It is water based and relatively thin, but not so think that you sense it is bad quality. It has a very light floral almost medical scent. When you squeeze it out you feel confident that it is going to do a good job. The product is cool to the touch and feels like a light relief when it is squeezed onto your skin, expecially at the end of a long day. I rub it generously over my hands, into the crevices between my fingers and put a bit extra on any particularly problematic areas. I don't fully rub the cream in, then I slip my gloves on and leave them for as long as possible over night. I normally end up pulling them off at some point during the night, but prior to that they are normally left on for a good four hours.
When I wake up the cream has really worked it's magic. It has soaked in nicely and my skin feels incredibly soft and refreshed. At first it tends to feel like I am touching someone elses hands! I would give this cream 5* if it made my hands stay soft for longer, but unfortunately as soon as I have washed them again a couple of times it is back to square one and needing to put the gloves on again. It is quite a costly cream to have to use every other night.
It really is a touch of luxury though!
Now, my hands are parched most of the time as I still haven't got in the habit of wearing rubber gloves when I do the dishes, and at age 40 the effect is showing. My hands are dry between the knuckles and I have a couple of rough patches that need help. So I forked out on Clinique's Water Therapy Moisture Glove Hand Cream at £15 for 100ml.
Clinique's 'Water Therapy' range sells itself as "designed for the body but contains the potency of the most advanced face creams". This everyday hand cream promises to provide long-lasting softness, a protective barrier against the elements and remain working on your hands even after washing, hence the 'glove' reference.
It contains Vitamins C and E and 'Activated Birch Water', whatever that is, which is supposed to help the ingredients sink deep into the skin layer so the softness lasts. It is also fragrance free.
When I first opened this cream, I only used a small amount as it is quite pricey. I thought the consistency was lovely as I rubbed it in, a light but waxy feel to it, and the way it 'gripped' onto my skin reminded me of the consistency of an expensive face cream I have used in the past. It quickly sank it but I was disappointed that my hands hardly felt moisturised at all, so I rubbed another good blob in.
For the next couple of hours, I kept stroking my hands subconsciously because they felt as soft as satin, like how a child's hand feels. The cream completely soaks in, so there is no greasiness, but if you get warm or get your hands wet, your hands feel a bit waxy again. I suppose that this is the protective barrier working.
After a couple of hours, my hands again felt like they needed more moisture. I can appreciate the value of the fact that a film stays on your hands which you can feel when your hands get wet, but if you are walking in the rain with your lover on a romantic evening, who wants to hold a waxy hand?
OK, my hands did feel like satin for a short period of time, and maybe with persistent use it would have some effect on my really dry areas, but it hasn't had much effect in the few days I have used it. I think I will go and buy myself some Vaseline hand cream for a couple of quid instead!
I love this product, especially in cold weather. my hands get really dry and i was forever apply hand cream and using loads of it constantly. I went to the clinique counter to get my usual 3 steps and i mentioned about my hands. The lady let me try a sample of the moisture glove hand cream and i noticed a difference straight away. Obviously i bought it straight away and use it twice a day in winter and it keeps my hands lovely and soft and hydrated. i was so impressed that i bought some moisture glove hand cream for my mum as a christmas present, she thought the same as me and was really impressed. You dont need to put alot on and so lasts for ages making the £15 worth paying. I recommend this product to everybody espcially if they have dry hands. A essential luxury truly.
I bought my bottle of Clinique water therapy moisture hand cream in the duty free at Malaga airport in May after having a few spare euros and a delayed flight! I unfortunately iron for extra cash as I have two small children and thought this would be a good way of staying at home with the kids, however, it means my hands are horrendously dry and rough in places. After trying several hand creams such as Norwegian formula and boots cucumber and aloe vera I had just about given up on ever having nice hands again until I stumbled across this product. At £15 (or the equivalent in euros), it is very pricey for what is effectively just hand cream, but it is oh so much more! Its my life saver! A few months later and my hands are smooth and I only use a small bit every other day - and it looks pretty in my bathroom!
Clinique Water Therapy advertise it as a moisture glove hand cream, which has been allergy tested and is 100% fragrance free. Perfect for those of us who are sensitive to certain products. The product is really creamy (that sounds silly but you know what I mean!), and is not greasy in the slightest, which always bugged me about the Norwegian Formula hand cream, as although it was very good it made my hands feel like I had just dipped them in Vaseline!
A fantastic brand with a fantastic product, even if it is on the expensive side. Make use of the 3 for 2 offer at Boots on Clinique products at the moment (can't find an expiry date for the offer, so I'm not sure how long this will last for).
Clinique Water Therapy Moisture Glove Hand Cream
I have had my bottle of Clinique water therapy moisture hand cream for a while now yet I can't remember going out to purchase it. I can therefore presume I got it as a free gift when I was stocking up on Clinique products which I adore and have written a lot of reviews on or I got it as a present.
**What is it and the Clinique spin**
Clinique Water Therapy is advertised as a moisture glove hand cream and being Clinique you benefit from it being allergy tested and 100% fragrance free which is good for my sensitive skin. The water it in the title comes in here as this stuff has special activated water to target and benefit the skin.
The cream is meant to be so good because it is rich and moisturising and boost the skins ability to stay moisturised and protected. It is also non greasy o provide a lasting barrier to stop hands drying and allow cuticles o stay soft and protected.
It comes in a green bottle and I have the 75ml bottle though you can get a 150 ml bottle. The 100ml bottle is approx £15. It is a light green colour with a flip style lid. It looks traditionally like any other face or body Clinique product and the packaging feels smooth but toughened.
Clinique advise that this should be used as needed throughout the day to protect the hands and cuticles.
The flip top opens easy and it does not get clogged up with the cream like some hand creams can. There is the slightest of aromas to this and I sense a whiff of cucumber. When you squirt out the cream onto the hand t reminds me of toothpaste or cheese in a tube! Strange I know but the cream comes out quite thick and thicker than other cheaper hand creams.
It stays put on the skin until you decide to blend. Within a few seconds of blending it works well into the skin. As it looks quite dry as a lump I find when blended it is quite moisturising to the point that the skin feels a little too moisturised. This sensation disappears after a little while though and then doesn't feel greasy. I find when worked into the cuticle it feels softer and hardworking. The cuticles do soften and my nails seem to soak up the cream better than my hands. I can put quite a bit of this into the cuticles and this stuff still blends well. I found I needed to dollops of the cream per hand so it will actually go down quite quickly. Although I don't use this daily and so it has lasted me a while. I have a few hand creams and mix between them depending on what mood I am in.
**Does it work**
I would say this is really good for the cuticles as it soaks up the cream and they do feel softer. This is good for then doing a manicure and pushing back the cuticles and then applying nail varnish. I find the consistency a little thick and strange in its application to my hands. It feels a little too thick when blending and it needs a bit of working to get the hands feeling not too moistured up.
This is a good hand cream but I think it is quite expensive. Clinique is a brand I am loyal too and a good brand. Being allergy tested and 100% fragrance free is good for those with sensitive skin. However I have other cheaper brands of hand creams although when I think of it they are smaller in bottle size. It does its job well but I don't think I would seek out to rebuy unless on offer due to the price mainly as the product itself is good and works.
It is £15 per 100ml but have a 75ml bottle so it can be bought in a smaller size. You can get Clinique online or in Boots or major department stores. I would also say this could be used by men too who want softer and more moisturised hands as well as the ladies.