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The product I am reviewing is an Intensive 7 day Hand Cream from Garnier. This is a non-greasy cream with L-Bifidus & Shea Butter to instantly leave hands feeling soft, protected and nourished with moisture. Hands apparently stay hydrated even after using a hand wash. Although Garnier have a few different Intensive 7 Day Hand Creams I chose this one which is the SOS-Repair cream as at the moment my hands are very dry. L-Bifidus helps to hydrate your hands and the Shea Butter relieves tightness and repairs extra-dry, cracked hands. As this hand cream is suitable for sensitive skin and has been dermatologically tested it means that it would be great for my skin which is often more sensitive during the winter and colder months. I currently have very dry hands which are probably not only from the cold but from the gym. I do a fair bit of weight training and have to use chalk on my hands sometimes which can dry my hands out. I have tried many different hand creams in the past and some work a lot better than others.
Whilst I was in my local Boots store buying essential items, I decided to look at their hand cream to see what they had. Although I have heard of this product I have never tried it before and as it was on offer I thought I would give it a go. The hand cream comes in a tube, which what I would call a mint green colour. I like the colour of the tube as it stands out from the other hand creams on the shelf. On the front it clearly states that it's by Garnier and it also states that the product is new. I am unsure how long this product has been out but I think it's been around for at least a year or a bit less. It also states on the front of the cream that this is the SOS-Repair hand cream for dry to extra-dry hands. It claims that this is fast absorbing and hypoallergenic. On the back of the tube it gives you some information about the cream and how it works and it also tells you the percentage of the woman who found this cream improved the condition of their hands. A list of ingredients is also on the back of the tube. The tube stands on its lid which is white in colour and this flips back to reveal a small hole in which the cream dispenses out of. As the tube is plastic it means the tube can be squeezed easily to dispense the product into your hands.
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I purchased a 100ml tube of this cream from my local Boots store for £1.99 as it was on offer. The full price of this cream is actually £2.99 and it can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets as well. The hand cream also comes in:
* Aloe Vera (Protecting Hand Cream)
* Honey (Soothing Hand Cream)
* Mango (Nourishing Hand Cream)
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Using the Product
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You can use the hand cream as often as you feel needed. The cream is not suitable for application on the face. I flipped open the tube and ensuring I had a good grip of the tube; I gently squeezed it so some of the cream dispensed into the palm of my other hand. The tube has a smooth finish to it and is easy to hold and squeeze. I didn't dispense too much of the cream as you can't put any left-over cream back into the tube again. The cream came out easily and was white in colour but had a slight glossy appearance to it as well. I rubbed the cream gently into my hands ensuring that I got between the fingers and on specific dry areas on my hand. The cream wasn't too thick and had a lovely smooth consistency to it which made it easy to rub into my hands. The cream felt slightly cooling as well which was nice. As I rubbed the cream into my hands I could smell the scent of the cream which wasn't what I expected it to be. I expected the scent to smell slightly of Shea butter, how-ever the cream had a gorgeous fresh fragrance to it and reminded me a little of the Garnier After Sun Melon Sorbet that I purchased earlier in the year. I really liked the smell and thought it was really refreshing. I didn't need to apply any more hand cream as the amount I dispensed was a good enough amount for me to rub into both hands. With this hand cream, I find that a little goes a long way so you only need to use a little with each application.
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After applying the cream my hands instantly felt hydrated and looked moisturised. The cream didn't leave a greasy residue on my hands and I found that it soaked in quickly to reveal soft hand, even after first application. Although the cream felt moisturising, I did apply the cream a few more times during the day. I did wash my hands with some hand soap on a few occasions during the day and even after doing this my hands still felt moisturised which I was impressed with. After using this cream regularly for 2-3 days my hands were not only feeling much softer but were looking better as well. The dry patch of flaky skin which I had on one finger was now reduced and was no longer itchy or looking red. I was definitely going to continue using this cream and see how my hands were in 7 days. After using the cream regularly for 7 days and going about my week as normal I was impressed with the results. The weather has been rather cold here which is what makes my hands dry in the first place. With regular use of this cream daily my hands have stayed looking and feeling great. They no longer looked dry and there were no flaky patches of skin. The dry patch of skin which I originally had still felt a little scaly but the appearance and feel of the skin had definitely improved. I was impressed by this as although this product does claim to moisturise I didn't expect it to be as good as this.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product as although I have used Garnier products in the past and have been impressed with them, I have never used a hand cream by them before. My hands do tend to get very dry from the cold and chalk from weight training so I need to moisturise them on a regular basis. This cream is perfect as it's non-greasy and soaks into my hands easily without leaving any kind of residue. As soon as I have applied the cream my hands instantly feel and look moisturised. I love the scent of the cream as I find it really refreshing and clean. The scent of the cream did stay on my hands for a good amount of time before eventually fading away. I find that you only need a little of the cream with each application which is good as it means it will last slightly longer than other creams. As the product comes in a plastic tube it's perfect for keeping in my bag so I can apply it whenever and wherever I need to. I was surprised to see such good results so quickly as I thought it may take a few days to notice any real difference to the condition of my hands. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable as you get a good amount in the tube and it definitely lives up to its claims of moisturising your hands, especially very dry hands. This hand cream is currently my favourite and I will definitely be purchasing it again.
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I've been a student nurse for 3 years and working on the wards using alcohol gel and antibacterial hand washes has really taken it's toll on my hands, making my hands look like an old lady's! I've tried everything from the Norwegian range to Vaseline but found them all too greasy and I need something that absorbs quickly so I can apply it quickly and carry on with my work. Normally I used Hand Food from the Soap & Glory range but it's too expensive for me to keep purchasing (I use a lot of hand cream in a shift and a student nurse bursary only goes so far!) so when I came across the Garnier Intensive 7 Days SOS hand cream at £1.59 at savers I jumped at the chance to give it a try.
I haven't tried a lot of Garnier products as they're either too expensive or too harsh for my fair skin, but at such a reasonable price I purchased the hand cream & I'm incredibly glad I did. A problem I find with hand creams is that they're either too thin to provide my hands with a soothing nourishment or they're far too thick and greasy & I have to wipe my hands to prevent leaving residue on things like papers I'm writing on. Upon the first application of the Garnier hand cream my hands and nails absorbed the product instantly & I was surprised at how soft my hands felt almost instantly. Being quite skeptical of the 'placebo effect' of first using products I used it about 5 times each shift for about a week & noticed a significant difference in my hands with appearance and touch. My skin feels supple and soft, and before my hands were very sensitive to hot and cold weather they now feel healthier & I no longer feel uncomfortable.
As stated previously the product absorbed almost instantly & the scent is very luxurious but not overpowering. Garnier Intensive 7 Days does exactly what it says on the tin, after a week my hands no longer chapped at the end of the day & all the redness had practically disappeared. The packaging is very convenient & fits into the pockets of my uniform easily & also takes up very little space in my bag. Since searching for a long time for an effective & nourishing hand cream, Garnier Intensive 7 Days SOS hand cream has been a life saver for me & I recommend it to all my fellow colleagues & also see it as a necessity since the cold weather is on it's way in!
I feel that the only disadvantage to the product is the shaping of the bottle, when there is little product left you have to squeeze the bottle inwards to encourage the product out into your hand which contorts the bottle leaving it creased & unattractive. But that's pretty much about it!
I get problems with my hands every summer. The skin on my fingertips peels and I get a aterrible itchy rash that makes my fingertips feel like they're on fire! I get a a cream prescribed from my Doctor for this. It flared up again about a month or so ago and I used the cream and it cleared up and has stayed clear but I've been left with extremely dry hands. My finger tips are so wrinkly they look like I've had my hands in water! I've never experienced this before and am not happy with any wrinkles anywhere! I've just started noticing loads of grey hairs so wrinkly hands on top has really made me feel down. I hate seeing the signs of aging creeping in. I figured I needed to get a decent hand cream that was really going to put the moisture back into my hands and soften them and improve the deep wrinkles on my fingertips. I had a browse while I was shopping in Sainsburys and decided on Garnier Hand Intensive Hand Cream.
This hand cream comes in a 100ml stand up plastic tube exactly as shown in the picture here. It has a flip top lid on the bottom. I was immediately drawn to this because of the packaging. It says everything I want in a hand cream on the front so I could make my decision without even having to read all the small print on the back. It says it's an Intensive 7 days hand cream. SOS-Repair which is definitely what I needed and it promises that skin is still hydrated after washing. Something that I've found recently is that when I have a bath my hands wrinkle a lot quicker than they did before in the water and they feel so tight and dry. This hand cream comes in 4 varieties either Shea Butter hand milk which states is SOS-Repair and is for dry to extra dry hands. Aloe hand milk which is protecting for normal to dry hands Honey hand milk which is soothing for dry delicate hands or Mango which is nourishing for dry rough hands. All contain L-Bifidus and state they are fast absorbing. I went for the Shea Butter SOS-Repair.
On the back of the Shea Butter cream it says that if you have dry to extra dry hands and are looking for intensive daily care then this is the cream for you. Garnier state that it's ultra hydrating formula is enriched with L-Bifidus an anti evaporation active, and Shea Butter to leave even extra-dry hands feeling soft and ultra-nourished with moisture. They also state it's a non greasy and non sticky fast absorbing formula. That also attracted me because I hate applying a hand cream then having greasy hands for ages while it absorbs because you can't get on with things with slippery greasy hands.
Garnier lists the creams effective results on the back:
- 100% of women found their skin felt softer
- 98% of women found their skin was more supple
- After 7 days dryness -29%
Hydration so intense, that skin still stays hydrated even after 1 hand wash.
It's enriched with naturally-derived ingredients is dermatologically tested, colourant free and suitable for sensitive skin.
Everything sounded perfect and just what my hands needed and at just £2.99 it's an excellent price. This cream itself is white and has a nice thick consistency to it. It smells nice and fresh and you can definitely smell the Shea Butter. When I applied it I literally felt like my hands were drinking it up! It absorbed very very quickly compared to other hand creams I've used in the past and left the backs of my hands feeling nice and soft and looking a lot healthier. I've used it now for about 3 weeks but it's done nothing for the palms of my hands or my finger tips which are the problem areas. They are still very dry and my fingertips are still wrinkled like they've been in water so I'm quite disappointed. The backs of my hands are lovely and soft and the skin looks a lot better. Overall I'm very disappointed in this cream. It doesn't feel intensive at all to be honest. It's just like any regular hand cream. It doesn't live up to it's name of SOS-Repair and I wouldn't buy it again because it just hasn't given my hands the hydration that they need. I'll be trying something else instead.
Available in Boots and Superdrug and most supermarkets priced at a very cheap £2.99 for 100ml
For the past twenty years or so I have experienced major problems with my hands where the skin on my knuckles will split and subsequently bleed. I have tried and tested every hand cream under the sun and have previously been prescribed a steroid cream with the instruction to wash hands after use! Whilst I was rather bemused with the rather confusing directions I had to cease using the product due to the fact that prolonged use of steroid creams can cause the skin to become thin. As I have been regularly use high quality hand creams several times per day I have managed to manage my condition, but I only have to miss a day and the symptoms will return.
A hand cream I purchased a couple of months ago belongs to Garnier and I must admit that whilst I am familiar with their facial and hair care range, I had never tried any of their hand care products. It was the claim that skin will still be hydrated after washing that was the deciding factor for my purchase in addition to the fact that this product is suited for dry to extra dry hands and this review discusses Intense 7 Days Hand Cream SOS Repair.
The 100 ml hand cream is considerably appealing to the eye with its vivid green coloured plastic tube that neatly sits on an easy to open and close flip top lid. The small opening enables the good consistency white coloured cream to easily dispense and I find that very little is needed for each application. It spreads over my skin with minimal effort and I would wholeheartedly agree with Garnier's claim that it is fast absorbing.
In fact, I was quite surprised that such an intense hand cream would absorb into my skin with such speed, as it takes less than a minute without leaving any stickiness or greasy film. This is a huge bonus for me, particularly as I handle a considerable amount of paperwork in my job and the last thing I want to be doing is leaving greasy blobs on each piece of paper that I touch. I cannot admit to being that fond of the initial aroma and whilst I would not describe it as offensive, I am unable to recognise the aroma of the shea butter content. However, the scent disperses within minutes of application, so this product is also well suited to the male population.
I was interested in Garnier's claim that skin will stay hydrated after washing, as the majority of hand creams that I've previously used will wash away once introduced to soap and water. However, I have been able to evidence that this is not the case and despite a good hand wash I am still able to witness the softness that the cream delivers to my skin. I would point out that any further hand washes tend to wash the cream away, so a further application is necessary.
The product is extremely moisturising and I have to admit that this is one of the best hand creams I have ever used. I had previously been a fan of Soap and Glory's Hand Food, but my last few purchases have been extremely disappointing as I felt that the tubes had well exceeded their use by dates due to their rather off-putting strange aroma, which most certainly wasn't the signature Soap and Glory fragrance that I absolutely adore. Apparently, it is the ultra hydrating formula in Garnier's hand cream in combination with the L-Bifidus content, which makes this such an effective hand cream. Unfortunately, I'm not a hand cream expert and haven't the foggiest what this means, but it works and that's all that matters to me.
This cream most certainly passes the quality test for me, as I've tried a few other brands, which were not effective enough and as a consequence, the dryness on my knuckles began to reappear followed by splitting and itching of the skin. However, these issues are kept at bay whilst using this cream and as it is so affordable at less than £3 per tube it is now a firm favourite with me. I recently restocked at Boots and if my memory serves me correctly I paid around £2.50 for each 100 ml tube as it was on special offer. I am not a believer of copying lengthy lists of ingredients into my reviews, but would advise that the cream is colourant free and has been dermatologically tested. The product should be used within 12 months of opening and the tube can be recycled once empty.
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hand Cream SOS Repair far exceeded my expectations and as far as I am concerned is one of the best hand creams I have ever used and for that reason it receives 5 stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Is this SOS-Repair Hand Cream right for me? / Yes, if you have dry to extra dry hands and are looking for an intensive daily care / How does it work? / Its ultra-hydrating formula is enriched with L-Bifidus, and anti-evaporation active and Shea Butter,to leave even extra-dry hands feeling soft and ultra-nourished with moisture / Non-greasy and non sticky formula / Fast absorbing.