“ Brand: Derma Intensive / Balm / Type: Hand Balm / Subcategory: Nail & Hand Balm / Suitable for: Nails & Hand / What it does: Protects, regenerates, „
I like to ensure that there are always plenty of hand and body creams stocked up in our home, particularly as during these cold winter months the skin on the hands of both my husband and myself has been suffering considerably. I'm all for trying something new and when browsing in the toiletries aisle in Tesco a few months ago I came across the Derma range, which is manufactured by Mellor and Russell. The product that caught my eye was their Intensive+ Ultra Protecting Hand and Nail Balm, as I couldn't quite believe its' price, which I will provide at the end of this review. Although I was a little apprehensive as to how effective this balm would actually be due to its' extremely low price tag I promptly placed it into my trolley and this review discusses my experience of using the balm.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The balm is presented to us in a 75ml white plastic tube, which sits on an easy to open bright pink screw on lid. The texture of the tube is somewhat strange and I've never owned a similar product, as the plastic feels rather soft. However, I can confirm that it is extremely sturdy and well protects its' contents. The product is fairly eye catching, as it is presented to us in bright pink, so is clearly targeted to a female audience. We are provided with a basic image of two touching hands and are informed that this is a 24 hour moisturising balm containing glycerin.
MY EXPERIENCE OF USING DERMA INTENSIVE+
Dispensing the balm is somewhat of a challenge, as although the opening is fairly small the product seems to shoot out from the tube with even the most gentle of squeezes. Unfortunately, my first application resulted in me dispensing rather too much, so I applied the excess to my legs. The balm is pearly white in colour and rather runny, which surprised me, as I was expecting a much thicker consistency. To mirror the appearance of the tube the aroma of the balm is extremely feminine and smells identical to that of roses, so unfortunately, this product is not really suited to the male population. Although I applied rather too much on my initial application, further applications were a little more successful where I only needed a small amount of the balm to effectively cover both hands.
Unfortunately, as this product contains glycerin it leaves a rather tacky residue and takes a considerable time to absorb into the skin. Consequently, it is a product more suited for use at home when you are sat watching television and are unlikely to be using your hands for a short while. In saying this though, I found that the balm was effectively absorbed within approximately fifteen minutes and did not leave any stickiness or residue. During the winter months the skin on my hands becomes very sore and often bleeds and since approximately September I have been experimenting with various products in an attempt to find "the one".
During the time I tested out this balm I used no other creams or lotions so as to enable me to be in a position to assess its' benefits and I have to say that I was fairly pleased with the results that it gave me over a period of three weeks. After only two days I noticed an evident difference on the skin between my fingers, which had been rather dry and scaly and after only a few applications each day my hands felt considerably improved and were soft and thoroughly moisturised. In fact, I caught my husband pinching the balm on many occasions, so I took a trip to Tesco and purchased one especially for him, as he didn't mind the rose fragrance, particularly if he was using the product at home and away from his male friends!
However, I was suffering with a few areas on my hands where the skin had split and bled, particularly as I kept catching the cuts whilst carrying out paperwork or when brushing my hair. Consequently, I am of the opinion that this balm is best suited for use when the skin on your hands is dry as opposed to dry and splitting. I am unable to speak of its' nail protecting properties, as my nails are always in a pretty good condition. Whilst this is not the best hand cream that I have ever used, for the price I paid it's considerably good and comes with my recommendation. I've had to remove one star due to the fact that it's not as intensive as I would have hoped, but to be honest I was not expecting such good results, particularly due to its' low price tag.
The reverse of the tube provides us with a little information on the benefits of the balm where we are advised that it contains Coenzyme Q10, which I have learned helps the skin to repair and protect its' natural beauty with the glycerin helping to soften and condition the skin.
To achieve the best results it is advisable to use this product on a daily basis and there is a warning to keep out of reach of children and from the eye area. The balm should be used within 24 months of opening, but there is no symbol to confirm that the empty tube can be recycled. However, I should see no problem with this, particularly as it has been made from plastic. The balm is suitable for all skin types.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
This is the part that shocked me, as my 75ml tube of Derma Intensive+ Balm cost me only 47p and as previously advised, I purchased mine from Tesco. As I wrote this review a couple of months ago after making a product suggestion to Dooyoo I thought it best to check on the Tesco website to ensure this product is still retailing at the same price, particularly with the recent VAT increase. I was somewhat surprised to learn that this product is still available for 47p, which in my opinion is superb value for money. I had honestly not expected such quality from such a low priced product, but I was proved wrong, as this almost gave me first class results!
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When it comes down to hand creams, I tend to go on the cheap side. Truth is I really don't care about all of these elaborate promises they make, I just want something that's going to moisturise my hands - plain and simple. These past winter months have played hell on my hands especially it seems, they were feeling very dry. I saw this product in my local Tesco store, I believe it was around 50p (47p I think), it was the cheapest of the hand creams by far and so being a sucker for bargains I stuck it into my basket. I haven't tried loads by this brand, I think I've tried the sensitive face wipes and a face cream once; it can't compete with any of your higher end brands naturally, but I think this brand is super on its value. I checked the website and this range can only be purchased at Tesco.
The packaging is rather nice for such a cheap product. There's a logo with the 'Derma' brand at the top of the bottle. There's a little illustration of one hand stroking another, which is quite sensual and appealing to the eyes; it conveys the image of a caring product. There's also a tab that says 'gentle action', and a few details about the product beneath the illustration. Its main ingredients are glycerin and Q10; glycerin being a standard moisturising agent, and Q10 supposedly helps skin 'repair' itself.
This product is in a tube with a pink lid against a white body. The tube is easy enough to use, though you may find yourself squeezing too much out occasionally - not that this matters as the product is so cheap. The tube is very small, the top screws on tightly, so it's portable and handy on the go. There's 75ml of product inside this tube.
The claims & my own experiences:
One of the claims made by this product is 'instant relief'; I can vouch for that as I had dehydrated hands upon first use back in those winter months. They felt much softer and less tight and dry.
Another claim is that it gives you '24 hour' moisturisation- it doesn't for me. I think you have to use it more frequently than once a day, but at such a low price it's not like it's going to break the bank. It does say you should 'apply as necessary' on the back of the tube though, which is correct.
The Q10 in this is supposed to help your hands 'repair' themselves; I don't really know if the Q10 did this for my hands, really any moisturiser would have helped my dry hands so I can't confidently say that the Q10 was responsible for this. I do know that Q10 is in a lot of beauty products and it's especially good for mature skin, because people produce less of it as they age (which doesn't include me at the present). This may appeal to you.
I'm not really a big fan of the scent of this one, it's not unbearable but I wouldn't want to cover myself in it. It smells like a low budget hand cream, I can't really isolate anything else it reminds me of.
It doesn't really 'protect' my hands, if I go out with this on in the winter months - my hands can still get dry - they just don't get as dry. It requires a use of about 3 times a day to be effective I would say.
I don't have a breadth of knowledge when it comes down to hand creams, I've always bought the cheapest, because I find the results to be pretty much the same, my hands are moisturised. I don't really find I need anything more; my hands aren't a major concern to me as long as they're not dry. This hand cream is brilliant value and it moisturises just as well as any other hand cream I've tried. If you're on a tight budget, or just don't see your hands as your major priority then I say go for it. But if you if you want a product that's going to send you ecstatic then you should probably go opt for something a little more expensive. 10/10 for value, and I will repurchase this, as it fits nicely into my student budget.
For more information on this brand or this product, here's their website www.mellorandrussell.com
I buy a lot of hand creams and I tend to vary from expensive to very cheap, depending on how I feel, what the product looks like and how much cash I have at the time.
On one of those cheaper days, I spotted the derma intensive hand and nail balm in Tesco for just 99p. Now to be fair it was not just the price that attracted my attention but the fact that it states it has Q10 in it, Q10 helps the skin to repair itself.
The plastic tube is white and it has a pink screw to lip. The lid is ok but I think a flip top one would have been much better and easier to put back on once you have moisturised your hands. The hole where the cream comes out of is quite large meaning that if not careful, you do end up with far to much cream which goes everywhere.
**WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL DO AND DOES IT DO IT**
The cream claims to be ultra protecting, give 24 hour moisturising and be suitable for all hand types.
As previously said the product has Q10 co enzyme and so I was expecting it to help repair my frequent washed hands. It does make my hands feel much more comfortable as the wash I have to use at work is quite potent with non stop use. However, the feeling wore off quite quickly and I don't feel that in the long run it has been of huge benefit to my skin.
With regards to the 24 hour moisture - no it doesn't I am sorry to say, about a few hours if you are lucky. It does soften my hands for a little while and is easily absorbed in under a minute, but I do feel I am constantly replacing it to get any great benefit, which to be honest at work I just don't have the time to do.
The glycerine in the product is off about the right amount the cream is not overly greasy and doesn't leave a residue on your hands once it has soaked in.
The smell is quite strange not like another hand cream I have used. It is not stating it is a particular fragrance but to me reminds me of Turkish delight!
Overall, a cheap and cheerful hand cream but only just covers the basic requirements.