“ Brand: Eucerin / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
I go to University in an area where winter seems to last 6 months out of the year, so you can imagine the damage that kind of weather does to you skin. After a month of neglecting my hands, I decided to do something and bought this product. I could notice the difference within a few days. My hands were no longer ashy and didn't make that sound of sandpaper when I rubbed them together. They were smooth and the completion returning to normal. Though I felt the product was a bit heavy and a tad oily (however it does say "intensive hand cream" so it's to be expected) it was better than putting petroleum jelly-- with respect to heaviness and oiliness on skin, but had with the same results in ability to lock in moisture.
Though the package says that the lotion it is fragrance free, it has a slight smell to it, I can't pin point it exactly, but it's not all together nice...the plus is that it gradually fades away and doesn't compete with other fragrances you may have have on.
Over all I think it's a product that people, especially those living in cold weather climates, or constantly washing their hands should consider carrying in their bags/brief cases/ backpack, etc.
While I was funding myself through college I worked as an early morning and evening cleaner and although we were advised to wear gloves (thinking I knew better) I didn't most of the time. As a result my hands are trashed, really dry and sometimes flaky, I've been to the doctors who prescribed a steroid cream which worked wonders, but I wanted something I could buy over the counter and didn't like the idea of putting a stimulant in my body just to fix my hands.
My mum bought this cream for me from boots and it was in the region of £8.00. Which seems fairly expensive for a hand cream in comparison to others on the market, but I thought I'd give it a try because I'm only 26 but have hands like an old woman's!
Like most hand creams this one is small enough to fit in my many handbags, so it can be kept handy to apply regularly. I've found that I only need to use a tiny amount of this cream to get the desired effect (although when I've squeezed out too much it does work well on dry feet too!). The cream itself is fragrance free, so it didn't irritate my hands any further. The cream itself is white and very thick but I found that it went on quickly smoothly but until it completely sinks in my hands are left slightly greasy, this soon passes and my hands are left moisturised.
I've found that I've had to use the product less the longer I've been using it, although I still apply about 5 times a day and because I only need to use such a small amount the tube has lasted ages (2 months and going strong)
My hands are noticeably less dry and are feeling much softer, I've actually taken to wearing gloves when doing my housework at home to try and protect them from getting in really poor condition again.
Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Hand Cream
To be honest, I do not know much about causes of dry skin however I am aware skin looses moisture is affected with age, hot climates and everyday chores. In combination with those of us who have sensitive skin keeping, your skin moisturised can be a nightmare.
But what happened to my hands, it seems I reached 38 years and my hands started to fall apart, was it the washing up (I hate rubber gloves), cleaning the oven/bathroom, moving files and constant typing at work or the gardening (well not so much of that!!)
With all the cracking and peeling skin hands also seemed to attract water blisters like bees to honey, I finally gave up and sought help at my Boots local chemist when the products in from the local supermarket were not working and my hands were actually starting to bleed slightly in some areas.
Luckily, the pharmacist is a person who I have known for years and trust his medical advise. He suggested I had a mild form of dermatitis Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Hand Cream with 5% Urea (obviously advising if it got worse to see my Dr).
The packaging is simplistic in its design, which a combination of white background and blue which gives a refresh clean appearance. The funnelled shaped bottle is 6cm at the top to 4cm at the bottom with a height of 11cm. The round blue cap is at the bottom as the bottle stands so this helps all the fluid to drop down. With the bottle being this size, I have found it easy to fit into all of my handbags.
Literature provided in the packaging, provides information on direction of use, expected results of using the product, dermatologically it states to be effective. This hand cream is more expensive at £8.40 than the usual products on the market.
On the first use of this product I noticed that it was fragrance free, I checked the packaging again and I found that it was also colourant - free as well. The packaging states that it aims to provide long-lasting moisturisation, whilst helping rough and dry hands to feel smooth and soft and to help against further moisture loss. Well this cream had its work cut out with my hands.
So on I ploughed and made my first mistake.. oh dear.. I used to much and ended rubbing it in my elbows, knees and feet. So if you do use this product remember don't use to much about the size of a 1 pence piece at first and see how that works in and then slowly add more until the thick textured white creamy liquid is completely absorbed.
For the first couple of days I found that initially I was reapply the lotion about every four hours, (which was less that the other hand creams), but after that my skin moisture seem to start bouncing back and I was applying the cream three times day.
After about a week the cracking across the sides of my hands were significantly reducing, with the itching and irritation had noticeably decreased.
Three months down the line, I am still using the cream (actually the same bottle) talk about good value for money). Apart from the odd collection of water blisters now and again the only time my hands get irritated is when I have not used Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Hand Cream and my hands are noticeably dryer.
This is one product I will be keeping in my handbag and I recommend to those with dry skin conditions.
I have not used any other Eucerin products but they can be found on their website at http://www.eucerin.co.uk/dry_skin/dry_skin.asp which is well worth checking out.
The ingredients in Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Hand Cream are:
Aqua, Glycerin, Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben.
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