“ Brand: Marks & Spencers / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Nourishes, „
If there's one thing I always look at when I meet someone for the first time it's their nails. I think when I was younger I used to have "nail envy" as I had such horrible nails myself. However since I left University I've been able to afford to have my nails done professionally but there's no point in having lovely nails without lovely hands to go with them! I religiously put hand cream on every night before I go to bed, and in the winter I even carry some around in my handbag everyday!
I'm always testing out new brands and products as hand cream is one of those things I'm really not loyal to at all. If I see a BOGOF offer in the supermarket I'll quickly change my allegiance to another brand without even thinking about it. I always tend to go for the cheapest one available too, and as many of you will know the cheapest is not always the best. So recently I decided to splash out and treat myself to a slightly more expensive hand cream than I'd usually opt for.
The Intensive Formula Night Serum Hand Cream is a Marks and Spencers product and part of their Formula range. This range offers affordable skin care products that actually work without breaking the band and I've tried quite a few of their products based on this advertising alone. In the past I've come across some really good products and then some not so good products that I frankly wouldn't recommend to anyone... so it was a bit of a chance buying this product from them.
The hand cream comes in a rather exclusive looking dark blue tube which is somewhat different to the cheaper, somewhat more hygienic looking white containers that much of the Formula range comes in. I think that's because this product is meant to be slightly more exclusive as it's based at a higher price point and therefore the packaging has to differentiate it. It stands upright on a white circular lid which is handy for storing it and flips open to easily dispense the product into your hand.
The cream itself is white in colour and has quite a nice fragrance to it. It smelt very lightly perfumed although not in an over powering sense and it had a slight floral fragrance to it as well. The fragrance did disappear within a couple of hours and even after the initial application it wasn't like other people could smell it. It did remind me a little of the Neutrogena hand cream in that it was a little thicker than others I'd come across in the past and not as runny as others such as Vaseline.
To dispense the cream you simply need to squeeze the tube a little, as you run out of cream you'll find it's good to leave the tube standing upright as this means all the remaining cream goes to the bottom so you don't have to spend as long squeezing it out. It comes out quite easily although do be careful you don't squeeze too hard otherwise you'll end up with half the tube! You need a about one and a half peas worth of the cream depending on the size of your hands of course.
Once it's in your hands it's recommended that you moisturise it into your hands and also your cuticles for a good minute to ensure even coverage and that it's all soaked in. After this I found that I did have to wait a further minute or two for it to fully soak into my hands and the greasy feeling to disappear. As it's a serum it's slightly more concentrated than a cream and I found that this meant my hands did initially feel a little sticky for about fifteen minutes after application.
So what exactly is so good about this cream? Firstly it's a serum which is more concentrated than a cream and effectively means it's meant to be better quality than a normal hand cream. It's also packed full of skin nutrients including Vitamin C which helps to rejuvenate tired lines and reduce any wrinkles. In addition to this it promises to moisturise your hands for sixteen hours after application as well as improving the overall condition and tone of your skin.
Now as for the results I was quite impressed; when I applied this cream before bed I awoke the next morning to find my hands feeling much smoother and softer than they had the night before. While washing my hands I did notice a greasy residue coming off them showing that the cream was still working a further ten hours on. However once I'd washed my hands the cream was no longer evident so presumably it only works for sixteen hours if you don't wash your hands?!
As for the continued usage of this cream I didn't notice any outstanding results. As I'm still in my twenties I don't really have that many wrinkles so there wasn't much that this cream could combat in terms of them and the few lines that I had still seem to be as prominent as ever. My hands do feel much softer and more supple than with other hand creams and they don't get dry during the day as they often used to with other hand creams that perhaps weren't as thorough.
The Intensive Formula Night Serum Hand Cream is priced at £5.00 for a tube that contains 150ml of the product. I've had mine for about a month now and I'd say I've still got over half the tube left with nightly application so it is lasting me quite a while. I would probably purchase this again as I am pleased with the results, but as I've already said I'm never loyal where hand cream is concerned and am easily swayed by any money saving offers!
Thanks for reading.
Packed full of skin nutrients, this light-to-the-touch serum is specially formulated to rejuvenate tired skin / Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, skin tone is improved and hands are moisturised for 16 hours /