“ Brand: Hands First / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
I was looking for yet another hand cream, as this unusually cold and bitter spell of prolonged bad weather meant I was getting through my hand cream supplies quicker than usual. I was going to get another bottle of Nivea SOS when I saw a new product on the shelf.
It was different to all the other ones because firstly it actually came in a box. Inside the box was a 75ml white tube with a green flash stating the product name Hands First. I had never heard of this company or this cream before so was intrigued. It claimed to be the 'professional choice' It made particular mention on the back about using it to protect from aggressive environmental elements which given the weather at the time really rang a bell as it had got to the point where my hands were bleeding where all the skin kept breaking all the time. So I needed something that a manual worker might use or someone in a permanently cold country might consider and the impression I got from this cream was that this was not a feminine beauty product, it was a health necessity. It claims to work by coating the hands with a thin protective film which is why, unlike with other creams that suggest using it to relieve pained hands, i.e. after the event, this is one that advises usage to prevent the problem in the first place.
It is not at all fragranced which is for me a good thing, as I don't want it to be a competition with my perfume. It squeezes out of the tube very easily, It is a white colour, but not the gleaming white that some hand creams give you, It is of a medium consistency, much thicker than Vaseline Intensive Care, but not as thick as Nivea SOS. Rubbing it on your hands is perfectly pleasant, it does not feel greasy or slimy and absorbs into the skin very quickly which means you don't have to wave your hands around in the air like an idiot so you can touch things again without them falling out of your fingers. Does it work? Yes I would say so, I find my skin feels a lot better when I smooth this on. It's not a miracle worker and I would still advise wearing gloves but it is a pretty good hand cream and quite soothing to upset skin. That said it would not take my No.1 crown just yet. However, if you see it like me, reduced from £4.99 to £3.99 it's well worth a look especially comparing the size of the tubes with the others on the shelf.