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After the joy of Dead Sea Spa Magik's black mud soap I decided to return to John Lewis to see what other magic potions I could buy from this company but on my particular visit I was disappointed to find nothing but a moisturiser and the hand cream product on sale. Undaunted I decided to go for the hand cream since winter will be approaching and I hazard with all the gardening I'd be doing beforehand I'd deserve something not too rich for my hard working hands after use.
Against what I normally use in the form of Atrixo, Dead Sea Spa's hand cream is quite pricey at £5-89 to £7 depending on where you buy it from, especially at Holland and Barrett, which seems to be more expensive than even John Lewis! At nearly £6 from John Lewis I do consider this to be an expensive hand cream even though there are some buyers who may think otherwise and for the 75ml tube you get for this price, it isn't a cream like Atrixo that you can put loads on in the hope that you'll get silky smooth hands and fingers for a couple of minutes. It comes in a white and blue box similar to the photo shown on here but has a slightly modified look with the product name in smaller and larger capitals.
Far from this hand cream being a dud, Dead Sea Spa Magik's hand cream is similar to Atrixo on the basis that it is white in colour and has a silky tactile feeling to it as well as having the consistency of being slightly whipped. It also has a subtle flowery rose water scent, which is quite pleasant. Used sparingly, this cream goes a long way and I was initially surprised at just how well the cream performs.
However, I'm largely sceptical of Dead Sea products from Israel having been robbed by Sea Spa ranges in the past that have been hugely over priced and marked up by persistent sellers in the market such as Sea Spa stalls in shopping malls! (Yes I know that rhymes, how nice!) So to put to the test of whether this cream contains salt, I tasted a little bit and can confirm that it is quite salty to the taste and wouldn't really recommend tasting this cream as it is intended for external use only!
That little test over, the serious test for any hand cream on my person is to find out if it actually works, and after a day's gardening with a few cuts in my hands, I wasn't exactly ready to test the cream out. However, Dead Sea Spa Magik is quite a magic potion on its own accord. A little blob on my hands ensures the cream travels quite far into the webs of my fingers and all over my hands quite effectively without the need to re-apply. What then happens is extended softness but one that carries a warning. When I tried the cream from the off, I put too much on which resulted in greasy, sticky skin and went to wash my hands afterwards. As with most concentrated hand creams on the market, my hands suddenly felt wonderfully soft and smooth after rinsing. If however you have cuts in your hands, this cream doesn't offer any anti-bacterial additives even though the salt in the cream itself should in theory banish any germs. There was some stinging but not as much as I assumed there would be and my hands felt smooth and moisturised as before. The secret to the cream is that it contains quite a wealth of ingredients including Coconut oil, one of the best additives for moisturising dry skin and further more, contains Karite Tree fruit extract, or better known as Shea butter. Both these additives are known tricks for softening dry skin although this product doesn't cure the pain for severe dry skin conditions such as eczema.
That said, Dead Sea Spa Magik also has a few other tricks up its sleeve however. It doesn't sit on skin but moisturises straight to dry areas that seem to need it the most, vanishing into skin and unusually I've found I can type straight away without coating my computer in greasy skin cream! It also softens my cuticles quite well without clogging them up with white screeds. Unlike Atrixo, softness lasts for a few good hours and although not like Savlon or Germoline, the cuts in my hands seemed to have healed quickly without anything added to them. Is it just mere coincidence or does the adage that salty Dead Sea products do have some kind of healing properties? I'd like to think so because since using the cream I've had no need to apply any antiseptic cream whenever I've done the garden.
All in all, Dead Sea Spa Magik's hand cream is an all round winner in my eyes. It is however expensive to buy but well worth it in the long run as a little does last a long way. What a pity it isn't available as widely as Atrixo though. I'm going back to John Lewis to stock up! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010
A list of ingredients can be found at:
Dead Sea Spa Magik Super Hand Cream / A deeply moiturising hand cream enriched with pure Dead Sea Minerals to give maximum hydration and protection / Improves dry skin / Deeply moisturising and hydrating / Non-greasy / Long-lasting protection.