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Let me begin my review by first explaining that when it comes to hand cream I tend to be very skeptical, as when you suffer from dry hands which split open and bleed very often, it can be difficult to find a cream which repairs the hands sufficiently to make them not only no longer painful, but also look attractive and not unsightly. In all honesty, I look like I am wearing a pair of red gloves - and I wish that was an exaggeration. They have always been the same. I tend to use a cream, grimace at the pain, then be quite unhappy with the result when half an hour later there is a new split or nasty flaked patch on the back. I am sure it is not the cream's fault generally, but simply my hands are far too dry to use a standard hand cream. It was on one of my usual 'new cream browse' moments in my local Tesco that I came across this Garnier cream and decided to give it a whirl - what did I have to lose?
So, the product itself:
This cream is specifically aimed at those who need a hand cream which not only moisturises, but also, repairs the skin. "Hand repair" is written across the front centre with "repair" in bold. This is obviously very appealing to those of us who indeed do need the repair, and not just a nice smelling moisturiser. It is specifically aimed at those with "extra dry skin".
"Intensive Restoring Hand Cream" - written beneath Hand Repair.
As stated on the front of the bottle, beneath the above statement, the maple sap extract and glycerine in the cream help to restore the damaged skin on the hands, and create a barrier to back up the "Anti dryness" claim also written on the bottle. The cream is designed to not only moisturise and repair already dry and sore hands, but also to prevent more dryness and damage from reoccurring - it creates a protective barrier on the hands to allow the skin to improve and repair itself to how it should be; healthy and soft.
The back of the bottle has the usual ingredients, product life etc, and also explains how the product works and that if you have tight or extra dry skin then it is for you. It explains the result you should expect, and also to NOT apply as a face cream.
OK, so, these claims are of course all well and good and sound lovely, but does the cream actually work?
In short, yes.
What an amazing product! I am so happy I have found this, and implore others with hand skin like mine to try it. I apply the product far less than any other cream I have had, and the results are far superior. I only have to use a small amount of this luscious, thick, soft cream - a little goes a long way - and with dehydrated hands like mine, I assure you, that is no easy feat for a cream. Usually the hydration is sucked immediately as I apply it and I have to apply more layers just to get a decent coverage to begin with.
Once applied there is no pain, though there is a residue left on the skin. To be honest though, that is part of the charm of this cream. I can feel that my skin is being protected by a barrier and I can feel that my hands are protected from the elements. It is lasting on my skin, and I can see the results of that instantly. There are no visible scaly patches, and the red sore looking skin is reduced to a pink - not totally gone, but greatly improved upon. Over time the pink does reduce even more, and I can see the repair to my skin! Even after washing I can feel some of the barrier is still there.
An added bonus to the cream is the lovely smell. Maybe not to everyone's tastes, but I think it smells beautiful - like maple. It is not too overpowering either, so if you weren't keen on the scent then it would not be too much to stop you using the product I wouldn't think. I do not tend to care that a hand cream smells nice, it is down to how it works for me, but the fact it does work and smells great makes this one even better to me!
The bottle is of a good size, lasts well (100ml), and the flip top lid is fairly mess free and seals shut tight. You can squeeze the majority out, and to be honest it is easy to just snip the top to get the remaining morsels of cream once it is almost empty.
Overall, wow, just wow. Try this cream because I genuinely cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with it!