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I am going to attempt to write a review on Dove Visible Effects hand cream. I have been using this cream for around six weeks now and I really love the way it has made such a big difference to the hydration levels and smoothness of my skin. I bought my hand cream from Boots and it cost just under four pounds for a fairly decent sized tube. The tube has a flip top lid and a small dispensing hole, so none goes to waste. The cream itself is quite thick but it instantly sinks right into the skin and leaves no residue or stickiness behind. The fragrance is simply beautiful, as are all Dove products. I also use this cream on and around my cuticles as I feel that this nourishes them and makes giving myself a manicure much easier. This cream has improved the tone, the look and the feel of my skin in a very short period of time and I am delighted with the results, particularly as it didn't cost a great deal to buy. I only use a small amount and it rapidly sinks into the layers of my skin and helps to make my hands feel very soft and well nourished. I will most definitely be replacing this tube of Dove Visible Effects once this one is all used up and I thoroughly recommend it.
I received this Dove hand cream many months ago as part of a gift set. I really like Dove products, as they always seem to be good quality and work well, so this is probably why my husband purchased the gift set for me.
I've had a look for this hand cream on the internet to see how much it sells for on it's own, but it appears to be out of stock at Boots, Superdrug and Tesco at the moment. According to the Boots website, it cost £3.70 at full price. I think this is a little expensive for 75ml of hand cream, but it is something that won't be purchased very often and at least you know that you should be getting a good quality product because it is from Dove. I would, however, probably only purchase it if it was on offer.
I tend to suffer from dry skin on my hands, particularly during the winter months. I tend to use my Neutrogena hand cream when my skin gets very chapped, but for a number of months, I have also had this Dove hand cream on the go that I use when my hands aren't extremely dry.
The Visible Effects hand cream features a patented Multi-Layer Complex, which Dove claims infuses moisture and nourishes the surface of the skin, the core, and deep down to provide visibly more beautiful skin.
This hand cream comes in a tube that is white/cream coloured. Being 75ml means that it contains enough product to last for a long time but it is also small enough to fit easily into my bedside drawer or in my handbag. The flip top lid is located at the bottom of the tube, as is often the case with hand creams, and I like this because it means the product is always easy to dispense without having to squeeze the tube too hard.
The hand cream itself is a white coloured cream that has a light creamy and slightly sweet scent to it. It isn't runny but it isn't particularly thick either, and I find I only need to use a small amount. The hand cream easily absorbs into my skin and doesn't leave my hands feeling particularly greasy, and it leaves them feeling moisturised and soft. I have been applying the hand cream every few nights for months and it is still going, and so it lasts for a long amount of time.
Overall, I have been happy with this hand cream. It is easy to use, moisturises my hands, and has lasted a long time. I would certainly be happy to receive another gift set containing this product, however, I probably wouldn't purchase it for myself unless it was on offer because it's slightly expensive at full price.
Both my mother and grandmother are a bit obsessed with hand cream and as a result of this I often receive hand cream as a gift. On the plus side I don't think I will ever need to buy myself hand cream as I have about ten unopened tubes and pots and no doubt will receive more each Christmas and Birthday. On the down side it does seem a bit of a waste as I struggle to use the lovely gifts. The cream I currently have on my bed side table is Dove Visible Effects, a Christmas present from my grandmother.
- The Packaging -
The cream comes in a simple cream-coloured plastic tube. The dove logo is clearly displayed on the front with a gold dove. One thing I like about this tube is that the top of the tube is rounded, a simple design touch but it somehow makes it look more attractive. The flip top lid is easy to open and close and the small hole allows a controlled amount of cream to be squeezed out. It would be very easy to cut open the tube to ensure every last drop of cream is utilised.
The tube states that the cream is a multi-layer complex. I assume this means that it penetrates several layers of skin. It also says the cream is a nourishing hand cream and that it gives supreme moisture for visible skin improvement. I think 'visual effects' is a bit of a daft name as this is something I would expect from a hand cream. In my opinion a decent hand cream will make your hands soft, smooth and moisturised enough that you can see the results, so the name doesn't make this cream anything special it just states that it fulfils a basic requirement.
The back of the tube explains the multi-layer complex as nourishing every layer of skin; 'the top, the middle and deep down where beautiful skin begins'. This sounds good, although whether deep layers of skin are nourished is not something I am going to be able to prove myself. It is also mentioned that this is a 'breakthrough formula' implying this should be better than other creams that have been available for a while. A full list of ingredients is provided which I won't copy out, it seems to include the usual non natural suspects.
- The Cream -
When I squeeze a small amount of cream onto my hand it feels light and creamy. It is a good consistency, not too thick and greasy but not too runny either. It rubs into the hands quickly and seems to be easily absorbed with no excess cream left on my hands. The smell is very nice. I would describe it as buttery and creamy with a light floral note.
- The Results -
After using this cream morning and night for a couple of weeks I do think my hands are nicely nourished and moisturised. However, I do use hand cream fairly frequently and I wouldn't say I notice any special difference to my hands when I use this cream over others. My hands are visibly soft and smooth, as I would expect from any hand cream.
- Price and Availability -
Full price for this cream is around £3.70 for 75ml. Boots are currently selling it on offer for £2.47.Both these prices are quite reasonable for a good hand cream. As the product is boasting a breakthrough formula and multi-layer complex I thought the price might be inflated but I am pleased to see it isn't. If I did ever need to buy myself a hand cream I think this would be a good choice.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this hand cream as it does what I expect a hand cream to do; moisturises and nourishes my hands leaving them soft and smooth enough that the results are visible. I don't think it is any more special than many other hand creams I have tried but it is a good cream, with a nice smell at a reasonable price.
I bought this as I had ran out of my usual hand cream, and had decided to go to my local boots to buy some more with my boots points. The boots I was in did not have my normal hand cream so I decided to choose a different one, I actually ended up choosing two as I am quite fussy about hand cream and thought while I was there I may as well choose a couple to try. I chose this Dove one based on the fact I like most things Dove make, and it was also on a half price offer at the time.
The Dove Family
This is actually one of a range of 5 hand creams made by Dove, they all seem to come in similar packaging, but offer different results. Only 4 of them appear to be sold on Boots online, and in the small Boots I went in I think this was the only Dove hand cream offered. This one also has a matching body lotion I haven't yet tried. I've just found it on Dove's website when researching this, and it's a definite future purchase, although I'll have to wait until it comes on promotion :)
This hand cream comes in a 75ml creamy white coloured tube. It has a flip top lid which it stands on. On the front it has the Dove label, and underneath is written "Visible Effects nourishing hand cream Multi-Layer Complex" under this is "supreme moisture for visible skin improvement" On the back of the tube it goes on to claim that Dove Visible Effects has a breakthrough patented formula called Multi-Layer Complex, and that this nourishes every layer of your skin. It also handily (although not for me :) ), has this repeated in what looks like greek. It then in tiny writing has what looks like a long list of ingredients, but I think half of this is again in greek. Under this is an address for Unilever, who must own Dove.
The Visible Effects
After flipping open the lid this squeezes out of the small hole. The cream is white and a medium consistency, I wouldn't call it thick, but it's not runny either. A small blob (under a 5p piece size) sits on my hand quite happily, even when I turn my hand upside down, just for testing of course :) Having ignored the blob it's now slowly melting into the warmth of my hand.
This has quite a light sweet slightly flowery smell, it rubs into your hand well (I didn't like to see the blob melt away), and a little goes a surprisingly long way. The smell lasts on your hands maybe up to an hour, but isn't too strong which I like about it. I do sometimes put this on my husbands hands, when we are sat together on an evening and am putting it on mine, as his hands are quite dry from work, but I would say this one is more for women.
When I first tried this I wasn't entirely convinced, somehow I didn't want to like it, but I persevered with it. As I have said a little goes a long way, and this rubs into your skin well, and is sunk in within a couple of minutes. At first I can't help feeling there is a slight tackiness, although my husband says I'm imagining this, maybe it's the Dooyoo effect making me too critical, who knows.
When I first started using this just over a month ago I was starting to get really dry skin on the palms of my hands and my knuckles,, and using this as and when I feel my hands are dry, but at least once a day has cleared up the dryness and left my hands soft. Even when I've not used the cream all day my hands still have a soft feel. I find they feel almost as if they have a barrier on them, it's hard to explain.
As for Visible Effects I'm not so convinced, I always associate the skin on my fingers as having lines on them when my skin is dry, and looking at them today the lines are still there. In fact to me apart from there being no dry patches my hands look pretty much like they always have.
The wash test
My main fussiness about hand creams is that when you wash your hands sometimes hours after putting it on, the cream seems to wash out and make my hands feel greasy. Dove Visible Effects I'm pleased to report isn't too bad for this. There is some greasiness if you wash your hands within about an hour of first putting this on, but otherwise there's just a feeling that it takes slightly longer to dry your hands, if that makes sense.
I quite like this hand cream, while I'm not convinced it makes a Visible Effect it definitely leaves my hands softer and has cleared up dry patches. I do think it has improved the condition of my hands in the time I've been using it. I would buy this again, but will shop around and look for an offer, although if I had to I would probably pay the full price.
This is currently on offer in Boots at £2.47, down from it's normal price of £3.70, as I have said I bought it at half price so about £1.85. I've also checked on Superdrug online where it is £3.69 and eBay, where strangely it is currently more expensive then Boots by the time you add postage. I would think it's also available elsewhere.