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I'm always on the look out for new brands of hand cream, particularly as I suffer terribly with dry skin, which will subsequently split and bleed across my knuckles. I generally tend to choose products belonging to Dove, as I find them very affordable as well as offering a high quality. However, when browsing the beauty aisle in Tesco a couple of months ago, my eyes were drawn to the bright red packaging of Garnier's Skin Naturals Hand Repair Intensive Restoring Hand Cream. As a result, I dropped one of the 100 ml tubes into my trolley and this review discusses my experience with using it.
In addition to the brightly coloured packaging it was the anti dryness claim that caught my eye together with the fact that the cream is marketed towards those people suffering with extra dry skin. The tube neatly sits on an easy to open and close flip top lid and the product was easily dispensed with a slight squeeze. Appearance wise, the cream is white coloured and offers a fairly thick texture with a very slight favourable aroma, which would be well suited to both sexes.
However, it was when I began to apply the cream to my skin that I discovered this it as actually glycerine as opposed to cream and I must admit that I was bitterly disappointed. I felt a little cheated, particularly as the word "glycerine" was displayed in rather small text on the front of the tube and it is not something I had noticed at the point of purchase. The cream wasn't particularly easy to apply and it lingered for what seemed like ages on the surface of my skin although I must admit that I was a little heavy handed with the first application.
I used far less cream for my second application, but unfortunately, it took approximately twenty minutes to fully absorb, which was totally frustrating, particularly as I was unable to do anything due to my hands feeling extremely sticky, which I found uncomfortable. Once the cream had fully absorbed there was no sign of any tackiness and the surface of my skin felt wonderfully soft and smooth to the touch. However, despite using approximately a quarter of the tube I cannot admit to the product being an improvement on the hand creams that are manufactured by Dove. The cream contains maple sap extract, which I discovered is renowned for its soothing properties and whilst I cannot deny that my hands were not soft and silky smooth to the touch, I did not feel that they were sufficiently moisturised. I always suffer with itchy hands when they are dehydrated and this is something I experienced when using this product. As a result, I gave the remainder of the tube to my mother whose hands are not as problematic as mine.
If you favour using glycerine hand creams and your skin is not overly dry, then you would probably benefit from using this product. However, I cannot make a recommendation for those people suffering with problems such as myself, as in my experience it definitely did not live up to its claims. The 100 ml tube generally retails at around £4.69, but at the time of writing, Boots have a promotion where you can purchase three products from the skin care range for the price of two. Due to the reasons discussed above, I am only able to award two stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
My hands are in water or solutions of somekind throughout the day, and it really isn't doing them any favours. I could of course wear gloves but being that some of the cleaning is quite intricate this really isn't very practical. So I had to find an alternative, I've been using various lotions that my wife uses, and some have worked quite well. The one which she is currently using seems to be the best of the lot though.
Garnier hand repair
This stuff runs in at about £2.79 which I thought was a right liberty, but it would seem that this is quite cheap considering. Considering what I thought that's nearly £3 for a hand cream. As it happens it has worked wonders with the parts of my hands which were showing the most wear and tear, so it would seem that it is after all worth the money. It has a nice smell, but I have or tend to use it mostly at home since this smell is most definitely a feminine type smell, and certainly not geared towards male usage.
After using for just over a week I noticed that my hands were getting less rugged and smoothing out a bit, I also noticed that at work the solutions were not having the usual damaging effect, which I have since put down to the protective layer placed on my hands when applying the lotion/cream. I'm really quite pleased with the results and I have now come to terms with the price being that this product does do as it says.
This is a nice effective cream, which is absorbed quite quickly by my hands. I doesn't feel too greasy, but I think all creams have a slightly greasy feel to them. Apart from the price which I'm coming round to, I think this is a great product, and I think if my wife changes brands I will perhaps ask her to keep purchasing this for my own use.
Lately my hands have been up against it; first of all I've renewed my love affair with keeping my nails in tip-top condition and also varnishing them, which of course in turn means using varnish remover. Also, I'm a bit gung-ho when it comes to things like washing up and after an unfortunate incident involving a spider in a pair of marigolds I rarely use gloves when doing the dishes! Throw on top of that the usual strife your skin deals with when the seasons change and the final onslaught of some colder weather this autumn and it was no surprise that my hands were starting to develop some seriously dry skin last week - the notable, flaky, really uncomfortable sort that's just threatening to develop into split skin and real soreness.
So, in keeping with my new mentality towards a higher level of skin care, I went out and invested in something to reverse the effects on my hands and also maintain beautiful soft skin all winter - a tall order when I spend a lot of time out on my allotment and at outdoor sporting events all winter as well.
A few things caught my eye about Garnier's handrepair Intensive Restoring Hand Cream. First, the price - I picked this up in ASDA at a slightly reduced price - Boots have this on their website at present at £4.69 and I think that I paid around £1 less than this (100ml). Just shy of £4 is still a lot for a handcream given that there are so many cheaper options out there but I knew I wanted something that was effective but also soaked in thoroughly and quickly, and I have a healthy respect for Garnier products on the basis of their past performances so I thought it would be worth the investment.
Another eye catching thing is the packaging - BRIGHT red, with Garnier's small round green leaf logo and white 'Garnier Skin Naturals' logo on the top. There is a white colour theme and plenty of information on the front of the upstanding bottle; that this is the hand cream from their repair range, that is is Anti dryness, for Extra Dry Skin, and includes Maple Sap extract and Glycerin. The words "intensive" and "restoring" sealed the deal.
The information on the back of the bottle stresses that Garnier, where possible, use natural ingredients, that the product is dermatologically tested, and that the use of Maple Sap is intended to make the most of the soothing properties of that product. It claims to leave the skin feeling more supple and comfortable, which was precisely what I needed - as the bottle claims, it is ideal for skin that is "tight and extra-dry".
DOES IT WORK?
You don't need a huge amount of this product - that I realised quite soon. My hands desperately needed care so I put some on as soon as I could and used a generous amount about the size of a 5p piece. This was more than enough and after that I reduced my use.
As with all hand creams the amount and speed at which this is absorbed does to some degree rely on your working it into the skin. I'm not going to say this was an instant miracle product that cleared up my dry skin immediately but it did soak in leaving my hands feeling a great deal softer and smoother, reducing the look of notably flaky skin and also leaving them visibly looking smoother - almost a little airbrushed (I'm guessing this is the way the light falls on the smoothed surface of the skin). The skin did feel like it had product on but this felt more protective than greasy to me, whereas some creams do just feel like they're sitting on your skin attracting dirt.
The texture that comes from the bottle is quite thick and I would probably attribute this to the glycerine. The bottle is lasting me very well, feeling like it is still virtually full a couple of weeks later with at least a small daily application.
My dry skin became notable again whenever this product was washed off, so to speed up the recovery I reapplied regularly when that was an issue. Luckily the condition cleared up within about a week so now I can use this in a little-and-often preventative way, which is ideal as it leaves my hands feeling protected against the winter conditions and I also think it has had a good effect on my nails too.
This is a really good product and delivers on its claims - my skin felt soothed and more comfortable instantly, the time it takes to work into the skin was not inconvenient and it left me feeling happier that my skin and nails had an extra layer of protection against winter conditions and hard work.
I also find that this product smells quite nice and not just overly clinical like some cheaper alternatives.
I do feel that at nearly £5 RRP it is pricey for a hand cream but in terms of how well it has lasted and its performance, I can't fault it and whilst I would use something a lot lighter in summer I think that this is a stand out high street hand cream for Autumn and Winter months.
My hands tend to get quite dry on the back and around the cuticles particularly because I hate wearing rubber gloves while washing up and so the washing liquid is really harsh to the skin. As I can't afford a dishwasher at the minute I decided to treat myself to a nice hand cream and spotted this in Superdrug. My first complaint is that after reading the previous review on here I feel robbed as I paid a whopping £4.99 for this stuff compared to the £2 paid by said reviewer! This I thought to be quite expensive at the time but I figured that the higher price ment that it would be better quality ingredients.
The cream contains a maple sap extract which it claims will help to rehydrate and care for your hands. It comes in 2 versions - the red one pictured is for extra dry skin and the one I bought comes in a white tube and is for normal/dry skin.
The cream is a very thick whitish colour which I found to have no smell to it. This is good from the point of view that perfumes can be irritating to dry skin but the downside for me is that I like products that smell nice. When you rub it onto your hands I found that it left a sheeny coating to them even when I'd just put a tiny bit on and took a long time to sink into my skin. It left my hands feeling relatively soft but it is not the best handcream I've ever used in that respect. I found it to be slightly greasy and too thick. As for the maple sap extract, well I found it to be a bit of a gimmick really as it had no observable differences to other hand creams I've tried before.
Hand creams are difficult to get right as I really wouldn't buy this again yet the previous reviewer loved it. It really is trial and error with this type of product as what suits one person won't suit another. I think it would be better to produce mini sizes of these creams so you have a chance to try them out before wasting money. If you have really dry skin then I think it may be worth trying this but if it's just little patches of dryness here and there then buy something lighter in texture.
When I was shopping in Asdas last week I saw a basket full of these garnier hand creams. I hadnt used it before. But for £2 for a 100ml tube, i thought I would give it a try.
The hand cream is packaged in a bright and attractive red tube. The flip top plastic lid is positioned at the bottom of the tube which is handy as gravity drags all the last morsels of cream down to the bottom.
This cream is described as an intensive restoring hand cream. It claims to use maple sap in its ingredients. Which is renowned for its soothing properties. I was particularly attracted to the promise of more moisturised and smooth hands. I have noticed lately that my hands are becoming quite dry. I think this is down to the cold weather.
When I flipped open the plastic lid, I could instantly smell a deliciously natural aroma. There is no actual scent to this cream but the natural scent makes it seem more expensive and authentic. The creamy clean and natural scent, lingers on the surface of the skin for a short while. This is very pleasant. It is not too overpowering but the occasional whiff of this cream is very satisfying.
When I first squeezed out some of this cream, I was quite suprised by its rather thick and foamy texture. I didnt know whether I could get used to this but I have to say I found that this consistency was far better than a runny cream. It stays put on your hands without running everywhere, It then soaks in to the skin and is easily massaged into the hands.
I have to admit, the cream made my hands feel instantly better. It left my hands feeling much softer and smoother. It did not leave my hands greasy which I hate in a hand cream. There wasnt the need to rub my hands in my trousers to wipe off the excess moisture.
Over the course of the week I used the cream on a twice daily basis. Once in the morning and once in the evening. I feel any more than that would be over cooking the goose and may have left my skin feeling slightly greasy. However twice daily has worked really well for me. I have found that my hands have become far more soft, supple and the tightness I felt in my hands has improved greatly.
I would certainly buy this cream again. This cream usually retails for over the £4 mark. Which I have to say I think is very reasonable as this is a very effective and high quality hand cream. Also this cream will last for ages as you dont have to use very much as a little of this cream goes a long way. At the offer price of £2 I think that I had a real bargain. I just wish now that I had stocked up and bought a few tubes.
An excellent hand cream that has really improved the look and feel of my hands. A must for any winter handbag. I would certainly recommend this hand cream. Infact I already have as I have been raving about it in the office. This is truly an effective hand cream. And one which I will certainly buy again.