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I have spent so much money and have tried so many different hand creams - and they never really work...
Well, not as well as I need them too... I suffer from dry, sensitive and wrinkly old hands - and many of the creams that I try, they're either too greasy, oily, wash off after one wash, or just don't do anything for my hands.
I was quite lucky to be given a sample of this one year and I was very impressed.
My hands were instantly relieved of dryness and it remained fairly moisturised after washing. They immediately looked less wrinkly and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy.
The cream absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn't seem to leave any residue - this is very surprising as it is very thick cream. You actually only need a very little amount which is just as well as the cream is quite expensive. It costs £14 for their standard 75ml tube, but only £19 for their large 150ml tube.
The cream contains a blend of avocado, eucalyptus and sesame seed oil, as well as a natural wax derived from olive oil. It claims to form a 'glove-like protection barrier against moisture loss and also helps to absorb moisture from the air. This I'm unsure about as I feel it just does what a good hand cream should do - relieve dryness and moisturise etc. For this price, I do actually expect it to be even better and not just be a standard hand cream, although it is one of the better ones on the market.
The cream is designed fro hands that undergo severe dryness, extreme manual labour, heavy industrial work and exposure to harsh elements. Although I use my hands a lot, my hands don't actually go through all that and the results are just about ok for me...my mum does loads of washing up and she says that the cream is just like any other hand cream, so....
The cream is definitely worth a try, but a little over priced.
My hands can get dry, tight and uncomfortable, especially after cleaning or a long day at work. I love having a nice hand cream on stand by in my handbag to relieve all this and my most recent purchase is the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve by Kiehls.
What does the product do?
The product has been specifically designed for those with dry hand that are constantly on the go. It promises to soothe, nourish, hydrate and condition the skin and nails with natural ingredients such as Avocado Oil and Sesame Oil. The product promises to form a barrier of protection around the hands to prevent them from losing any moisture and therefore feeling hydrated all day.
How do you use the product?
You use the product in the same way as you would use any other hand cream. You apply the cream generously to the hands and massage the cream into the skin until it has been fully absorbed. You can reapply the product as often as required.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a pure white plastic tube and there is lots of writing on the front which gives further information about the product. It has a flip top lid that is also white and it is easy to open and close the product, even when your hands still have cream on them. The product will cost you around £14 for a 75ml tube or you can get double that amount in a larger 150ml bottle for only a few pounds more so that might the more economical option if you really like the cream. It can be bought from large department stores and from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product doesn't really have a scent. This is a good thing in that the cream will suit everyone but a bad thing in that I really like cream to have delicious scent like Hand Food by Soap & Glory does. It's not a big problem for me though. The cream is white in colour as I had expected and the cream has a really thick and luxurious consistency. Despite the cream being so thick, it is still absorbed fairly quickly into the skin so you won't be massaging the product into the hands for ages. You don't need to use much to get the desired results and I have found that a little goes a long way which is reassuring when you consider the price.
The product doesn't make my hands feel sticky or greasy, and I am able to touch things pretty soon after I have applied the cream without having to worry about leaving finger prints everywhere. It feels completely comfortable on my skin and hasn't caused me any irritations or discomfort. It is really hydrated and it removes any signs of dry or dull skin immediately after the first application. It also stops that horrible tight feeling that I hate straight away which is a really good thing. My skin feels soft and smooth after use and my hands look conditioned and healthy. It also seems to be making my nails a bit stronger too. The cream has long lasting effects and I don't feel the need to reapply it more than twice a day.
This is a great cream for relieving feelings of dryness and tightness from the hands after the very first application. It leaves the hands feeling conditioned, soft and smooth. You don't need to use much so the bottle will last you a long time and the product has long lasting results. It's an expensive product but I would repurchase it again.
I bought this while holidaying in New York. A friend and I happened upon a Kiehl's shop and she gave a loud, "Ooh, I love Kiehl's!". It didn't take much persuasion to drag me inside. With their minimalist packaging and natural ingredients Kiehl's products are a joy to shop for and, I discovered, this hand salve is a joy to use. I have very dry hands and was attracted by this product's claim to provide 'all-day care for severely dry, active hands'. I do need to apply this cream more than once a day, but it does give my hands a lovely smooth feel for at least an hour. Because of my sensitive hands I'd usually go for an unperfumed hand cream but unlike many other handcreams it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin - a huge advantage. The scent of the Kiehl's Ultimate is fresh eucayptus making this a unisex cream. Great value and a pleasure to use.
OK, so I have to admit, I bought this from Ebay. I am not therefore able to supply a definite figure for the cost, but I have seen and tested it in Space NK stores, and the Keihl's outlets in London (Westfield/House of Fraiser and on King's Road.- I have tested it out to see if my product is genuine, which I am now sure it is.) It retails there for about £10.50 and you get for that a tube of 75grams or 2.5oz. I won my miniature (1oz or 30 grams) in a gift set with 3 other items for £5.19. Similar items are not going so cheaply at the moment though!
The cream is for hands (kind of obvious as the title of it states but just to clarify.) Its an all day any time hand cream which aims to care for severely dry active hands.
I love Kiehl's as a brand, they are very pared down and go via word of mouth for advertising rather then sending in applications for billboard style adverts in places like Vogue, thus instead they get press by generally being good at what they do and what they sell: hair, body and face care. They have products for men as well as women, and if you are ever able to visit their boutiques, you will be met by a happy-smiley white coated doctor-looking sales assistant who always seem to be willing to deal with your skin predicament.
They have been going since 1851 and are based in America. They sell using very pared down basic ingredients but with very good quality. For example, the hand cream I am reviewing uses botanical oils, natural wax derived from olive oil and Shea butter. They state on their website that they do use pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge to influence the end result. Though not 100% natural, (glycerins and other non natural looking things are in the cream) they never do set out to be all natural. And actually in my experience it doesn't matter. Its nice when a product is all natural but natural is not always better. (Chilli and garlic taught me that...long story, not pleasant!)
The ethos of their products is to develop and distribute good sound products, show an interest and care for the community and environment and help people where possible. It sounds very much like a religion/way of life to me! But its nice when a company do have a belief other then "we sell the skinniest, richest and most bo-toxed celebs going".
Back to the hand cream!
I had been going between two products by Lush. Both I am really pleased with but after winning this I did really want to try it out.
The cream itself is white in appearance. Being in a glossy tube helps as its very easy to squeeze out the correct amount- which I would say is about the size of a 5p coin if your hands are as dry as mine! (You may not need as much). It does sink in really quickly- for me within 30 seconds (yes I timed it) it had all been taken in to my skin. I have (since having a hand massage by the wonderful people at Aveda) been taught how to massage my hands and so am quite happy to sit imitating a small fly, writhing my hands around. It really makes a difference to the cream sinking in though as if I don't do this, it takes about 45 to 60 seconds. Massage seems the way to go.
On application, you can really smell the menthol Eucalyptus in the cream- its a nice scent- smells a little like the Bio-oil sold by Boots/Superdrug. I think its a very calming scent and unlike most products with Eucalyptus, my hand do not feel very very cold afterwards. They just feel soft and supple.
I am surprised at how well the cream seems to replenish the moisture in my hands whilst seeping in rather then sitting on the surface. I think this is an excellent product for carrying around in your bag and applying on the go. Though I don't know how far I would go to support the severely dry hands comment- you may need several applications as my hands are just dry (i.e. not chapped or damaged or peeling, they just feel tight and dry) the cream for me is perfect. I don't know if it would be as perfect if your skin was very chapped. Though have nothing to back that concern up so cannot really use it against the cream! I do though, need to apply the cream several times a day, when I have washed my hands, otherwise it seems to do a very good job of keeping my hands replenished. I can though feel a slight film over my hands. Now I have to say, this was a claim made by Keihl's- they state this cream is designed to "form a 'glove like' protection" so they are doing their job. It is something you may have to get used to, but really, that's not so bad, and my hands certainly don't feel as if I am wearing anything like thick acrylic gloves!
I would imagine this 30gram sample I have will last about 20 applications, possibly more, and if I were to buy it, this would mean about 50 applications, or about 2 or 3 months. That's around £3 or £4 a month and seems like something I would value buying, although on the pricey and -its not as good value as Lush Smitten!
Overall, I am very happy with this cream and would buy again.