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Neutrogena hand cream is a thin almost gel -like consistency product which claims to give instant and lasting relief to dry and chapped hands. I have just spent a weekend in freezing temperature, and having this to hand (sorry!) was an absolute godsend.
Even with wearing two pairs of gloves, my hands were still cold day and night, and somehow became dry and rough to the touch. I would rub this cream in regularly and it has meant that no damage actually came to my hands in terms of cracking or chapping whilst I was away.
The consistency of this cream is like a clear gel, and it claims only to need a very tiny amount. In the past when I've used this I have been careful to follow this rule, but over the weekend I did squeeze 2 to 3 centimetres into my hand at a time to rub in, due to the therapy I thought my hands needed. I found that it rubbed in easily without leaving greasiness, however, the 'instant relief' claim was not entirely true in terms of my rough hands. On the first day, it would take a couple of applications for the roughness to subside. My partner suffers much more than me with dry and cracked hands and even he commented on how good he thinks Neutrogena is among all the other products he has tested over the years.
The product I've used this weekend is "unscented", however, it did not to me seem any different from the standard one I've used in the past - to me the range doesn't have a fragrance or scent anyway.
The other issue I had whilst away was dry skin on my legs, and this did cause some soreness after taking a shower. I rubbed some of this cream into my legs and this time, the relief was quick and lasting. I only needed to do this once.
In the winter months or when I do cleaning I have very sore, chapped hands so I like to use a hand cream to try to prevent the sores as much as I can. This is one of my favourite ones.
=== What is it? ===
It is a handcream which comes in a little tube and it helps to keep your hands nice and moist which stops the likeliness of your skin ending up sore and cracked.
=== Using it ===
This comes in a little tube which is perfect to fit in your handbag and it's easy to squeeze out. The lit is a screw cap, a flip one would be better as your hands get a bit greasy using it but it's easy enough to get out of the tube. I use a small amount an rub it in my fingers and hands. It takes a minute or so to absorb, it's not very long at all. It doesn't have a smell and that's good as I don't like my hands to smell of scents.
=== The effect ===
This is wonderful. If I already have sore hands then it helps to soothe them quickly and also helps to clear up the dry skin. If I don't already have any problems then it helps to keep my hands moist and soft. I find if i don't use it then my fingers get very sore and cracked.
=== Conclusion ===
A wonderful hand cream that really works. It is very simple and that is fine as it does the job it is supposed to do and I find it very reliable indeed.
Great hand cream at a great price if you buy from shops such as Home Bargains, Pound Shops. I find the small size very useful for holidays, especially with the weight restrictions now imposed by many airlines. This hand cream is extremely long lasting as you only need to use a very small amount for excellent results very quickly, it sinks into your skin, making dryness disappear from the first use. I really don't see the point in buying expensive hand creams when this little beauty works so well.
I have even used it as foot cream with amazing results, sore, dry heels after a hard day's walking, feel pampered and soothed when massaged with this little miracle worker. In fact, I think Neutrogena should make a foot cream based on a similar formula or market the hand cream as multi tasking, it really is so good. I would say to everyone, give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.
The skin on my hands always seems to dry out very easily. I have no idea why this is as I tend to use gloves for washing up and I am always spying some sort of hand cream. At this time of the year, when the weather gets colder, my hands inevitably become drier and I need something more industrial in terms of strength than my usual Nivea or Vaseline hand creams.
During the winter months I opt for my tried and trusted Neutrogena Norwegian Hand cream which I always buy from Home Bargains as it's a lot cheaper there than Boots or Superdrug. I buy the smaller 50ml sizes tube which cost me only £2.29 instead of almost £4 from Boots. The tube may not look very large but really I never need to use much of this product as it spreads easily across my hands and actually there is no need to have to use loads as a small amount has such fantastic and immediate effect.
The cream I use is the unscented version but there is a very slight smell to it though this is not perfumed in any way, more a little bit medicinal. The cream itself is white and quite thick in consistency, especially when I compare it to my normal Vaseline or Nivea hand creams.
I use this not only to massage into my skin but I also massage it into my nails and cuticles and it keeps my skin wonderfully soft and supple and very hydrated, whilst also nourishing my nails. The product itself doesn't state that you can sue it on your nails, but I tend to do this with all of my hand creams, anyway.
The results, as I say, are rapid and very impressive. There is an immediate noticeable difference to my skin in terms of softness, hydration and smoothness. It adds moisture and whilst it makes my hands feels softer and heals the cracks around my knuckles, it also protects them from the harsh elements so it has a protective effect as well as a healing effect on my skin.
I've used this particular hand cream for years now and it definitely works. It may be a little pricier than some others out there but it acts fast, it's healing and hydrating and it suits my skin perfectly.
I highly recommend it.
It's coming up to the time of the year that we all need a decent hand cream. As soon as the cold weather sets in, my hands start to dry up and sometimes start to crack and bleed. I thought that now would be a great time to write my review for this; I used this last winter and had great results, and I know that people will be looking for a good hand cream in a few weeks.
---Using the cream---
One of the things that I love the most about this product is the perfectly round lid that allows the tube to stand up by itself. This is great for me, it means I can easily find it and it's not laying down in between hundreds of shampoo bottles. The lid screws off easily and then it's very simple to just squeeze out a small amount of cream. A few small dots of cream on each hand is all that is really needed, as the product spreads very well. Less is definitely more with this cream.
When I use this cream, it's very easy to get good coverage across the whole hand, but I'll often use a little extra on my knuckles and between my fingers, as these areas are prone to dry skin, and are also the most painful when they're dry. These are the areas that are most likely to crack and bleed, since they're around the joints and the skin gets stretched a lot.
If my hands are severely dry, then I use this more than once a day, usually once in the morning and once at night. Once the dryness is cleared up however, I only need to use this once a day to prevent the dryness from returning.
The first time I tried this, my hands were very dry and the skin around my knuckles had started to crack and bleed. I felt instant relief after only using this cream once. Straight away my skin felt softer and my knuckles no longer felt stiff with the dryness surrounding them. After only a few more uses the dry skin had cleared up completely, and I was left with lovely soft hands, even when the temperature outside dropped even further. Of course it helps to wear gloves when going out to prevent your hands from getting chapped, but we all need a bit of extra help sometimes, and this cream definitely provides that.
The product I'm reviewing is the unscented version and isn't the one shown in the picture. Although it's unscented, it still has a pleasant smell, although it doesn't smell perfumed. It's a simple clean smell, almost soapy, so it's definitely good for people with skin sensitive to perfumed products.
*Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate
I can't remember the exact price I paid for this, as it was last year, and this small 50ml tube has lasted me all this time. However, the 50ml tube can be bought from boots for £3.68 at the moment, which is a great price for such a high quality cream. The small tube is concentrated to give over 200 applications, so £3.68 is a small price to pay. I think I paid around £2.00 for this from Wilkinson and I recently spotted it in Superdrug for £3, so it's definitely worth shopping around to find a good deal.
I suffer badly from very dry hands and after finding this hand cream I never looked back.the price was a bit steep compared to other brands tho.it has a very small hole and you may think that's not enough but all that is needed is a tiny drop. It is non greasy.its absorbers easy too.
My partner, being a plasterer gets extremely dry and chapped / split hands (due to lime levels in the plaster) He's been through probably every hand cream going, even sleeping with moisture gloves to try and help! A friend recommended this cream although we were put off for a while due to the high price. (It's roughly £4 for a small tube)
The cream comes in a small tube, with a dark blue screw top lid. I found that when cream is cold it's difficult to squeeze out, it almost had a waxy consistency. We used the unscented version, but it still has a light fragrance to it. The ingredients are: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Sodium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
As I stated before, the cream is quite hard and almost waxy. We found that the tube needs a little warming in order for it to come out of the tube easily. You need roughly a pea sized amount to use on your hands, so each time you aren't using a great deal of product. The tube says 200 applications, although we haven't counted I'd imagine it would be less than that, especially if you have dry hands. My partner rubs it in and uses extra on cracked areas as a barrier. On my hands I find it leaves a little bit of residue, more waxy than slimy but this might be something to bear in mind should that kind of thing irritate you. We also use this on dry patches elsewhere on the body and for chapped lips.
Although expensive, I feel that, due to the small amount of product you actually need each time then it's really good value for money. Also if you are a builder or outside worker then this cream will be beneficial to you as not only does it moisturise, it helps prevent the dryness in the first place!
Item: Neutrogena Hand Cream (Norwegian Formula)
Bought in: Superdrug
This is a teeney weeney hand cream that I buy in the winter for some extra intensive hand care.
Packaging and design:
This is a mini version of the cream shown in the photo above. It is 8 x 3 x 2cm in size and fits easily in your pocket or as a little extra popped in your toiletries bag. The tube is white with red and blue writing on it, these are the same colour as the Norwegian flag which is also displayed across the top of the tube. The tube tells you that this is a concentrated hand cream and gives "Instant relief of dry, chapped hands". The back of the tube also advises you that you only need "Just a dab" when using it. The lid is dark blue and you can screw this on very tightly. The tube itself is soft and you can easily press it to get the amount out that you need. There is a tiny pin hole size opening at the end of the tube that helps make sure that you don't press too much out and waste any. The tube itself is bold and the text tells you everything you need to know to make your choice of hand cream.
Smell, use and results:
This hand cream smells really like baby lotion, which I love so that really suits me. It's such a comforting scent and you can smell it when you rub it in, but it doesn't linger too long after that, so no over powering after scent. The cream is very thick and looks almost white until you rub it in then it goes clear, the consistency is same or similar to hair putty and "melts" as you rub it in to your hands. You really don't need much cream. When it comes out of the tiny pin hole opening it comes out almost in a line, so if you squeeze out a 2cm long line for small hands, maybe 3cm ling line for bigger mans hands (my OH uses about that amount) then this will be enough to cover both hands. This is a really rich hand cream and actually feels like you are rubbing wax over your hands. Your skin feels instantly smoother and replenished. I don't personally get really dry skin on my hands, but my husband does as he is an electrician so when he uses it I can actually see his hands fill out and become smoother and softer. On my hands the skin also gets smoother and softer but they didn't start out in extreme need of repair (that may be as I use hand cream quite regularly) but if you didn't and needed a strong cream to start repair, this would be the one.
So when do I use this one?
I like to use this particular hand cream in the winter, especially when I have had to wear gloves all day and my hands need a little treat. The size of the tube is ideal for me as I don't use it all year round so it doesn't dry out and go to waste in the months when I don't use it. This size of tube lasts me pretty much exactly when I need it and runs out at end of winter. As the hand cream feels waxy I tend to use it at bed time. I put it on just as I get in to bed so the waxy feel doesn't bother me, as I don't need to be typing or using a pen and it can fully soak in to my hands. Plus the smell is comforting at bed time.
This is another product that in travel size costs me more per ml that buying a bigger size, but the travel size suits me best as it is exactly how much I need and it means I can pop it in over night bags for wintery/Christmas weekends away and I'm not taking up too much extra space. Will be buying again this winter, a 5 star product.
As I've said in previous reviews, I suffer from very dry hands, especially in winter. A few years ago I was staying with my Dad and my hands were so badly cracked that they were bleeding! My Dad dug a tube of Neutrogena out of his medicine drawer. He's sworn by this stuff for years and insisted I gave it a go to try to sort out my sore paws.
Neutrogena's 'Norwegian Formula' range has been around for over forty years. My Dad's certainly been using it for decades! This cream comes in a white plastic tube with a screw cap at the base. The scented variant has a blue screw cap, the unscented a red screw cap. Both cost between £2 and £3 for a 50ml tube in Superdrug et al although I have seen it occasionally pop up in pound shops. The packaging claims it 'Instantly relieves dry or chapped hands/Just a dab needed'.
Despite the Norwegian formula claim and the prominent Norwegian flag on the tube, I can find no details of Neutrogena being a European company. Both Wikipedia and the company's own website state that it is a US brand.
The cream itself is super thick; far thicker than toothpaste. In fact it's so thick that I always have trouble squeezing some out the tube! The cream has a whitish-to-clear appearance when it first leaves the tube but as soon as you start to rub it into the skin it turns opaque white. It contains around 40% glycerin, an ingredient I love as it always gives my skin relief from dryness. The glycerin content in this product is far higher than in comparable creams marking Neutrogena out as distinct from the pack.
My Dad encouraged me to follow the 'just a dab' instruction but I found that the cream did not go very far at all. I ended up using at least half a dozen 'dabs' to get full coverage. The cream took a while to rub in, and I was quite disconcerted when I observed the colour change from clearish to bright white! However after a couple of minutes' rubbing the cream was almost fully absorbed into my hands.
Whilst I was staying with my Dad I kept nicking his cream twice a day and after nearly a week my hands were definitely in better condition. The main problem I had with the cream though was a residual stickiness, turning to really bad sliminess as soon as I washed my hands. I found that if I needed to wash my hands I had to wash them super-thoroughly to remove all the cream and then dry them and reapply another coating of Neutrogena. It was a real nuisance!
As it's so effective I do purchase my own tubes now and I do always keep one in the house although I use it rarely. I tend to use it more on cracked heels than cracked hands, as, of course, I don't wash my feet as often. When I do apply it to either end of my body I always use a good squeeze of product - it comes out in a thin line and I probably use 4-6cm at a time. The 'just a dab' thing doesn't work at all for me.
My Dad was right - Dad's usually are! - Neutrogena concentrated hand cream is a good, effective product. It certainly helped my hands but the whole sticky when dry/slimy when wet effect is a nuisance for me. Now I only use this cream for moderately bad heel cracking or super-bad hand cracking if all the other products in my armoury have failed.
I would give this product 5 stars for effectiveness, but I'm deducting 1 for the whole sticky/slimy thing.
If your hands are so badly cracked they're bleeding, I would try this product, but perhaps use it last thing at night and don't go to the loo (and have to wash your hands) until morning :-)
I have always suffered with dry skin particularly on my hands, I find that it is worse in the winter and sometimes it gets so dry that my skin will actually crack. Recently I have found that the palms of my hands have been getting really dry along with the creases of my fingers, I would apply hand cream regularly which would smooth and soften the skin for a little while, however I found that it would quickly wear off and my hands would become dry again.
I decided that I needed to have a look around for a really good hand cream that would keep my hands smooth, soft and moisturised for long periods of time, after having a look around I decided to try Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream, I have actually heard a lot of people say how good this hand cream is so I was hopeful that it would work on my hands.
The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream comes in a small white plastic tube, it has a plastic dark blue lid on one end which also doubles up as the base of the tube allowing you to stand the tube up should you require.
Right at the top of the tube are the words Norwegian Formula written in red beneath the Norwegian flag, the words Hand Cream are written in large blue letters right in the centre of the tube and the brand Neutrogena is right at the bottom of the tube inside a dark blue band in white writing. There are also a few facts about the hand cream written on the front of the tube.
The back of the tube contains the product information including what you can expect from this hand cream, the amount of applications per tube and also the ingredients, all of this is repeated in two other languages, the information on the back of the tube is quite limited and there is not a huge amount of detail, however it does tell you what you need to know in terms of what the product actually does.
When you remove the lid there is a very small hole in the end of the tube allowing just a small amount of the hand cream to be squeezed out at a time meaning your are therefore unlikely to apply too much at once.
The Hand Cream
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is a concentrated, glycerine enriched hand cream described as being suitable for the most dry and chapped hands. It is designed to provide instant relief for dry and chapped hands even under the harshest of conditions, it also protects the skin leaving it noticeably softer and smoother.
The hand cream, when you squeeze it out onto your skin, is a white colour but is also very slightly transparent, it is not a solid white colour that a lot of hand creams are, when rubbed into your skin the cream is very quickly absorbed, you do not have to continuously rub your hands together to try and get your skin to absorb it all, nearly as soon as your spread the cream over your hands it has soaked in without leaving a residue.
There is no fragrance to this product at all, and whilst it doesn't make any promises of being suitable for sensitive skin I have found it to be very gentle, also the fact that it is suitable for very dry and chapped skin gives the impression that the hand cream is not harsh on your skin and is unlikely to cause any irritation, it is however described as being dermatologically tested.
The Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is described as being concentrated and in one small tube you get approximately 300 applications.
Directions for Use
There are no actual directions for use on the back of the packaging, however it does state that as this product is concentrated you only need a very small amount per application. I tend to just squeeze a very small amount onto one of my hands and then rub them together to rub the hand cream in, by applying a small amount I do not end up with greasy hands and if I need a bit more I can always add a bit more, I personally prefer to apply a small amount at a time so that I do not end up using too much.
Price and Availability
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is available from a variety of places including supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug. I purchased my 75ml tube from Asda and it cost me £3.40.
Personally I think this is reasonably priced, to you can buy cheaper hand creams, however I had tried some of these and whilst they do usually work my hands were quite dry and needed something a bit stronger, also you get around 300 applications in one small bottle making it very good value for money and economical, this small tube will last a long time (obviously depending on how often you use it)
I have been using Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream for several weeks now and even in that amount of time I have noticed a big difference and have been extremely pleased with the results.
After applying this hand cream for the first time I straight away noticed that my hands were already noticeable smoother and softer, they didn't have that dry look to them, also my skin felt softer to touch. I did worry that this hand cream might be quite greasy due to it being quite strong and concentrated, this would not be convenient for everyday use especially when looking after a young baby and also when working on a computer,
however as soon as I rub the cream into my hands it was instantly absorbed and there was no greasy residue on my skin at all, I hate that greasy feel you often get after apply some hand creams but this was not the case with this particular one, my hands just felt soft.
After several applications my hands looked noticeable less dry and I found I didn't have to apply it as regularly as I was when I first purchased it.
The cream is reasonably priced and also long lasting, you really do only need a very small amount of the hand cream at a time, the fact that it really does work makes it worth the money in my opinion.
I will definitely be buying this hand cream again in the future and would recommend it to any one, it is ideal for both men and woman and is ideal to use in all conditions and circumstances, this is definitely worth buying if you suffer with dry or chapped hands as it really does work.