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***HAND S/HAND PRODUCTS IN GENERAL*** Hands are used for a wide range of different things and need to be looked after just like feet and other parts of your body. Every day our hands take a lot of abuse and to avoid them becoming dry sore and looking old it's best to give them a little care and attention every now and again. My hands often become very dry in the winter how-ever I tend to use a hand cream all year round to keep my hands moisturised, soft and looking young. There are a wide range of hand products available to buy from local pharmacies and high street store such as Boots, Superdrug or more expensive brands such as House of Fraser, Molton Brown or Debenhams. Most good hand cream should contain Glycerin at the start of the list of ingredients as this is the main ingredient used in most hand creams and is best for keeping hands moisturised and soft. I was in my local Lush store and the advisor in the shop told me that all good hand creams should contain Glycerin as this attracts moisture to the hands and keep it locked in. ***NIVEA SOS HAND BALM*** This Hand Balm provides instant relief and moisturisation for chapped and extremely dry hands. The formula made with Dexpanthenol and Calendula Oil helps to restore dry chapped hands. Just a small amount of the balm will bring instant relief to chapped hands and will provide a long lasting, smoothing effect which will help protect against further moisture loss. The Hand Balm contains the some of the following ingredients: * Glycerin which is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin which is why it's used in a wide range of hand creams. * Calendula Oil is gentle and soothing for the skin so is used in a wide range of products such as moisturisers, Oil's and some shaving treatments as well. Because Calendula oil is so soothing it's also perfect for use on eczema, scars, insect bites, minor cuts, stretch marks and more. The oil nourishes skin to promote skin cell renewal and brings it back to bliss. * Dexpanthenol is a vitamin that penetrates the skin to help bind in water in the outer skin layers. This vitamin is also used in hair products as it makes hair soft and easy to handle. ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY*** I purchased this from boots which cost me £3.98 for a 50ml tube which is the only size the product is available to buy in. This is also available to buy in Superdrug for around the same price. (I can't actually find the product listed on their website, how-ever I did see this in store!). ***WHAT PROMPTED ME TO BUY THIS?*** The last hand cream I bought was from Lush and was very good, how-ever the product was quite expensive and I found that the product didn't last long but also there would be quite a lot of product left in the bottle which was hard to get out so I went in search of a new hand cream. I specifically remember the advisor telling me that all good hand creams should contain Glycerin so when I was in boots I took a look at their range of hand creams. Nivea SOS hand Balm was the first product I picked up probably because I had never seen this before. I read the information on the back of the tube and also saw that it contained Glycerin so I thought I would buy it and give it a go to see how I got on. I was hoping that this product would do as good as job as the Lush product did to my hands which were to make them smooth, soft and moisturised all day long. The Nivea was also cheaper choice than going back to Lush again & I was willing to try this product if it meant it saved me money. ***PACKAGING*** The Hand Balm comes in the typical Nivea white tube which stands upright on the dark blue lid. The front of the packaging has been kept very simple with some colour so this can be recognised from the other hand creams. The front of the tube has got a hint of red on it and is states that the cream provides instant relief from dry and chapped hands. On the back of the tube it gives you more information about the product and how it works to lock in moisture and keep hands feeling moisturised throughout the day. The packaging has been kept fairly simple and may not stand out as much as other products as the colours aren't bright or very eye grabbing. How-ever because this is a Nivea product and their past products have been good this is what prompted me into buying the product. ***USING THE HAND BALM*** I flipped the lid open and squeezed the tube so a small amount dispensed onto my hand. The first thing I noticed straight away was that the amount which comes out the tube when you squeeze is quite small, but I presume this is because you don't need to use a lot of the product. The Hand Balm was just white in colour and had a slight smell to it which was quite pleasant. When you start to rub the balm in you can feel that it's a lot thicker than normal hand cream. I used a small amount and rubbed this into my hands and in between my fingers. The balm doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy and they instantly feel soft and moisturised. This cream left my hands feeling soft and nourished for the majority of the day and I only had to apply it once or twice throughout the whole day. The scent of the balm stays on your hands throughout the day but this isn't an unpleasant smell. I think the balm smells nice & I quite like the smell. Even after washing & drying my hands they still felt soft and moisturised. ***OVERALL OPINION*** Apart from the hand cream I purchased from Lush this is the only other hand cream/balm I am very pleased with. The Nivea balm is a lot cheaper than the cream I used to buy from Lush and I think the Nivea balm smells nicer, and will last a lot longer. I was impressed how little you have to re-apply the cream and I was very impressed at how soft and nourished it kept my hands throughout my working day. This product will be staying in my hand bag and will be the perfect product to use as the weather starts to get cold and my hands become dry from the harsh cold weather. If you suffer from dry or chapped hands I would highly recommend this product. How-ever even if you don't suffer from dry, chapped hands this is a fantastic product just to keep your hands soft and moisturised to keep your hands in good condition and looking healthy. (review also on ciao)
Nivea is a brand renown for it's skin care products, from aftersun to moisturisers and everything in between. I am someone who is prone to dry hands, what with the change in weather conditions and environment, so I am always open to finding new hand creams, which will make my hands all soft and smooth again. Whilst in my local Superdrug (you would think from reading my reviews I actually live there but I promise that is not the case!), I came across Nivea's Hand SOS Intensive Balm. It was only a small tube worth (50ml) and was priced at around £3.39, (there is currently a 2 for £6 offer on). As it was a fairly small tube, this meant it would be ideal for travelling with what with the liquid restrictions that are currently in place, plus it wouldn't take up too much room in my bag - great! The consistency of this product is quite light, and easily spreads over your hands when you rub them together and sinks in fast. You need about a 10p size blob to cover both hands. After about 30 seconds of doing this, you do notice your hands feel very soft and moisturised, but thankfully not greasy either. It says on the packaging that it provides "instant relied for extremely dry and chapped hands" and I would have to agree with this. It may not be the best form of treatment if you constantly suffer with dry hands, but if they are feeling dry from say central heating or cold weather (the general factors which dry skin out), then you would definitely find some relief in using this. Unfortunately I can only find this product in the 50ml tubes, which means it doesn't last all that long and I have pretty much run out of this now. However as it does work so well, I will probably buy myself another tube next time I am in Superdrug. If you are looking for a quick relief from dry hands and you want to protect against moisture loss, then I would recommend this hand cream as it's yet again another fantastic Nivea skin care product!
When it starts to get to October and the weather has become noticeably worse and the temperatures begin to drop, the rain becomes more frequent, it gets dark early and those biting winds start up I know it is again time for me to start my yearly search for a good hand cream. Now whether it's because I don't where gloves enough or whether it's because I just have dry sensitive skin I don't know but when this cold weather arrives for the next three months the skin on my hands will get very dry, rough and sore and they will chap and sometimes bleed so finding a good cream to try and prevent this and soothe my tormented skin is really important to me. I have tried a lot in the past with varying result but when I went to Superdrug one day I saw this Nivea SOS Intensive balm on the shelf and I remember seeing it advertised on the weather spot on GMTV and I thought that it sounded like it was a strong product so decided to go with that. It comes in a white tube that stands on the lid so all the product drains down conveniently with a dark blue flip lid which is nice and easy to use. I hate it when creams use flip lids because it's hard to put the lid back on when your hands are all greasy. It promises instant relief for extremely dry and chapped hands which sounded right up my street and it states that it's concentrated but I don't find that makes much difference because what else would you expect? Do they mean they only use all the effective ingredients and not any filler ones? I'm not sure. Once you have used about half of it the tube will go seriously out of shape and looks a bit odd. It's not something that bothers me but it just doesn't hold the shape very well. It states that this contains panthenol, glycerine and calendula oil none of which means much to me... I really like the smell of this. Normally I go for unscented ones just in case the perfume irritates my hands but I think this only came in the one variety but it smells really nice, really fresh and clean and well creamy. It also isn't too runny which is probably where the concentrated part comes in but because of this it means that a little will not go a long way and you have to use a fair bit to cover all your hands. So you do use more than most hand creams per application but I suppose they are covered by an effective layer of ingredients rather than a layer of watery based cream. Furthermore, I find because it is concentrated it absorbs much quicker than the average hand cream. Most importantly, I find that this is effective in soothing my sore hands and it makes them feel softer and I do feel like they're being protected when I go out in the harsh winds and that this cream does actually restore the moisture. I try to use this in the morning before going outside and at bedtime so it can do its work while the skin regenerates over-night. Would I buy this again? Yes it's one of the best I've used so far though I am also keen to try the Norwegian Formula hand cream that I have heard good things about. I can't find this on either the Boots or Superdrug website but I think it costs about £2.99 which sounds a lot as it is only small - 50ml - but it's good stuff.
For some unknown reason I have recently been suffering with dry, tight skin on my hands and a couple of months ago started to develop excema on several fingers. It got so bad at one point that typing became difficult as the skin on the tip of index finger was really sore. I visited my doctor who said there was little he could do other than prescribe me steroid cream and advise me to avoid stress, cheers! The steroid cream is working though now I still have some dodgy dry, flaky skin all over my hands, not a good look. I needed a good handcream and fast. I did buy one from a well known supermarket recently which was cheap and nasty, it was thin and sunk in too quickly leaving my hands feeling no better at all. I needed something industrial strength that wouldnt disappear the moment I applied it. Today I had a brain wave and decided to head to Superdrug to see what they had on offer, I was hoping to find a handcream with E45 in it but didnt see one, instead my eyes were attracted by a small tube by Nivea with the words SOS and concentrated on it, that I thought sounds ideal. This tiny tube contains only 50ml of cream but it is very concentrated as is claimed. I applied a tiny amount to my fingers and could feel the relief immediately as my rough dry skin softened. Sitting here typing this my hands still feel better several hours after applying the cream, which is just as well I dont like the idea of forking out for tubes of this every single week. The cream cost me a little under £4 which I think is expensive for a handcream but the cost is justified as it works so well to soften and relieve extra dry skin. The cream contains calendula oil and panthenol as the active ingredients in a liquid parafin base, it has a pleasant smell and is very thick though is easily extracted from the tube and takes little effort to rub into the skin. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it to anyone suffering with bad, dry skin. It's a little tube of wonder for a reasonable price.
Nivea Hand SOS Intensive Balm rescues extremely dry and chapped hands, providing instant relief and intensive protection for soft and supple skin / Instantly relieve dry and chapped hands with only one small dab