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This is a hand cream designed for the common problem of dry hands. I have the small tube of 30ml, a great size to keep in your handbag on the go, which I think cost £1 to purchase.
The hand cream itself has a nice consistency and makes your skin feel silky and smooth. It leaves a long lasting moisture, which for me personally I found a little too greasy. However for those who have a more severe case of dry skin, it would probably be more appreciated. This I would imagine is the Nobel prize-winning Hydra IQ technology it boasts. Which is designed to keep your skin hydrated for 24hours.
The smell of the cream is the typical fresh Nivea smell with a slight hint of nutty fragrance, which could be the macademia nut oil they have added to it. This according to Nivea "helps strengthen the skin's protective barrier" and I must say you are left with a glossy sheen to your skin, which appears to strengthen it as they claim.
It may not be a manly thing to say, but I'm a burly bloke who uses hand cream. I find that my thumbs, knuckles and the spaces between my fingers get particularly dry and start to crack, especially if I've been doing heavy work around the house or garden. I hate having rough hands (my girlfriend doesn't like them either) so after trying a few of my girlfriend's hand creams I've found that I prefer this Nivea cream as I find that it keeps them soft and supply but doesn't smell overly 'girly' in any way. Actually it's a subtle smell that isn't floral or scented just really clean and it fades pretty quickly.
That smell is the same Nivea that I remember from the early seventies when my mum used to apply lots of it to us kids as sunscreen when we went to the beach. Fortunately this hand cream doesn't have the accompanying sandy texture of that memory! It's really smooth and moistens deep into any cracks or dryness you may have on your hands. Be warned though: if you've any little cuts or grazes or maybe you bite the skin around your nails, if you have any tiny open wounds like that then this might sting a little on those.
It's the standard plastic 'toothpaste tube' that most of these creams come in and has an easy to use flip-top lid which also closes it easily and securely. It stands on the lid when you're not using it. It's a white cream that comes out easily so don't get too vigorous when you squeeze it. You only need a little of it at a time because it goes a long way. It rubs into your hands easily but does leave them feeling just a little greasy afterwards, presumably due to its high glycerine content.
It comes in a plain and simple little bottle that claims to 'soften and nourish dry hands and cuticles'. It definitely does that satisfactorily.
I usually keep a tube of this in my bathroom and one in my office drawer too. I use the 30 ml but there is also a 100 ml tube available. Shop around, I've seen this for anywhere between 99p to over two pounds (as at June 2013). At the lower price I'd suggest that you snap up a few bottles but I'm not sure I'd want to pay over £2 for it.
I received a 30ml travel sized tube of this Nivea hand cream as part of a giftset along with lots of other different Nivea products.
~ Packaging ~
The hand cream comes in a white tube with the Nivea logo at the top. It stands on its dark blue flip cap lid.
The back of the tube says 'The improved formula with Hydra IQ supports the skins own moisture supply, whilst Macadamia Nut Oil helps strengthen the skin's protection barrier.'
The front of the tube has a picture of a nut and 'anti-dryness' in an orange box.
The packaging is fairly simple. It doesn't particularly stand out, but it is nice enough and the flip cap lid is really handy.
~ Price ~
You can buy a 30ml travel size version of this hand cream for £1.49 in Superdrug.
You can buy a 100ml tube of this hand cream for £3.39 from Superdrug, but it is currently on offer in Superdrug for just £1.69.
~ Use ~
I have quite a few hand creams on the go, but Nivea is one of my favourites.
The hand cream itself is white and it isn't too thick. It smells pleasant, but the scent does not linger on the skin.
The cream is easy to rub inand it sinks into the skin quickly.
I always use a little bit at a time as there's nothing worse than having applied excess hand cream that you end up having to wash off. I find that a little goes a long way with this hand cream and a small pea size amount will usually do for both hands.
The back of the tube describes this as 'A fast absorbing hand and nail cream that keeps hands beautifully smooth and soft.'
My hands do feel smooth and soft after using this hand cream. It does absorb quickly and there is no residue or stickiness left on my hands, like I have found with some hand creams.
My 30ml tube is the perfect size for taking on holidays, short breaks or even carrying around in my handbag with me.
~ Conclusion ~
Overall I think this is a lovely hand cream. It sinks into your skin quickly and leaves your hands feeling soft and moisturised without leaving a sticky residue. The hand cream smells nice and is the perfect consistency making it easy to rub in.
I think the price is reasonable and I would definitely consider buying this product again.
I have quite a few hand creams on the go, but this is one of my favourites.
I seem to get through hand cream at a rate of knots, which means it's very often on my shopping list when I go to the supermarket. Although my heart belongs to Aveeno Oatmeal hand cream (another of my reviews!), this isn't sold in Asda, so I've been playing the field a bit, so to speak, and trying out whichever hand cream has the most appealing claims (being on offer doesn't hurt either).
My most recent purchase was Nivea's Smooth Nourishing Anti-Dryness hand cream which claims to be For Dry Hands. Call me pedantic, but isn't 'anti-dryness' the whole point of hand creams?! Isn't that like saying on a bottle of wine that the product inside is 'made from grapes'? Anyway... I know I am indeed a pedant about these things, so moving swiftly on!
This cream is currently priced at £3.40 for a 100ml tube at Asda, according to their website (as of February 2013), although I'm sure I paid much less for it; these things are often on offer in supermarkets. Actually, Wilkinson's is selling the same size tube for £1.70. Quite a difference, which shows it's worth shopping around! (Or just going to a lot of shops for 'research' purposes. That's my excuse anyway!).
The cream comes in the typical hand cream packaging of a tube which you squeeze in order to dispense the product from a flip-top opening. The plastic tube is fairly flexible, so it's not difficult to squeeze the product out.
Getting down to brass tacks now - the cream itself. This is a medium-thickness white cream with a mild, pleasant fragrance. I don't know exactly what it smells of, but it's a scent I associate with Nivea. Nothing to write home about, but inoffensive really.
My main criteria for a hand cream are: a) does it moisturise effectively?, and b) does it soak in quickly? I can confirm that the answer to both of these questions is 'Yes' for this product. I can't stand it when a cream takes ages to soak in, leaving my hands greasy in the meantime. Particularly annoying when I'm working - who wants their keyboard covered in greasy fingerprints? And even more so when reading, as those marks never seem to come off a book's cover.
Anyway, no worries on that score with this cream. I've just put some on now, in fact, and am happily typing away with no ill-effects felt by my keyboard. As for its moisturising ability, it certainly eliminates dryness, although my hands aren't super-dry and I don't know if it would be effective enough if you have severely dry skin.
All in all, then, a good quality hand cream that I thoroughly recommend, although the price does seem to vary considerably depending on where you buy it.
I have far too many hand creams and really shouldn't be buying any more, but unfortunately I forgot my hand cream one day at work and, as it was a cold day, my hands were becoming rather dry. I popped out to Boots and purchased a small tube of basic hand cream.
I can only find the full-size tube of this Nivea Hand Nourishing Cream online (100g at a cost of £3.39), but I purchased the 30ml tube for just over £1 from the travel section. The hand cream comes in a white tube with a blue flip-top lid, typical of Nivea packaging.
The cream is described as having the following ingredients and properties:
An anti-dryness vitamin complex made up of pro-vitamin B5 and Vitamin F;
Macadamia nut oil, which soothes and relieves dry skin;
Rich yet quickly absorbed.
The cream is a pale brown shade and is of medium thickness. It has a pleasant nutty fresh scent that isn't too strong. Only a small amount is needed per application and it absorbs into the skin well. Afterwards, I can tell I've applied hand cream, but my skin doesn't feel particularly greasy or claggy.
This isn't the most effective hand cream I've ever used. In this cold weather I'd prefer something richer. However it does a decent job on the less-dry parts of my skin and I suspect that in warmer weather it would perform very well. My small tube has lasted quite a while, too.
I do like this hand cream, which is great value for money, and would consider repurchasing in warmer weather. However, in this cold I would prefer something a little more heavy-duty.
Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Crème
I have been using hand crème for the last couple of years now as I like to invigorate my skin now and again due to being an artist and getting a lot of paint on my hands and therefore having to wash them frequently. Before a lengthy spell working in childcare I also worked in warehouses for years and my hands were pretty rough due to the work.
To add to this over the years I have had a nasty habit of nibbling at my knuckles, which is not good for your skin at all. I have tried many different hand crèmes and 'Dove' makes a good product but some products seem to do nothing for my hands. The best one I have used is made by Nivea and I would highly recommend it.
The latest bottle of the brand I have purchased comes in the form of a squeezy bottle and is a 'Smooth Nourishing Hand Crème'. It has a flip-top lid which is easy to open and close and stores neatly and easily into your bathroom cupboard or wherever you decide to keep it.
This crème comes with a beneficial twenty-four hour hydration claim, which gave me even more reason to try it to see if my hands actually did feel hydrated or any different. My hands did indeed benefit from this handy crème (pardon the pun) and left them feeling soft and smooth. This hydration process is known as 'Hydra IQ', which I suppose translates as intelligent hydration and is marked on the bottle. For this reason, you don't really need to reapply the crème after every time you wash your hands because the crème works to keep your skin hydrated.
The crème has passed all assessment tests and has been dermatologically passed. The ingredients contain or include many vitamins and the added extra of macadamia nuts makes this crème unique. The macadamia nuts strengthen the hands natural barriers and leave you ending up with softer feeling skin. It is also good for your nails and cuticles although this would probably benefit the ladies who use it a lot more than me; not that I am saying that males shouldn't look after their nails.
The smell of the crème is not too overpowering although it is strong when you first smell it. I find it a really pleasant smell and it lasts for quite a while after application. Some crèmes have a really soapy smell with a tinge of chemicals but Nivea smells quite appealing and not at all unpleasant.
The bottle I purchased came in a 100ml size and lasted me about a month with me using it two or three times a day, so I would say it is good value for money as well. It cost me two euros twenty-five cents, which is about one pound ninety-five pence or thereabouts, depending on the exchange rate.#
I would recommend Nivea to anyone who wants to look after their hands.
I always keep some hand cream downstairs next to the kitchen sink. There is nothing worse than doing the washing up then having that dry hand feeling after you have finished so I always use some hand cream afterwards just to freshen up my hands. The hand cream I'm using at the moment is this Nivea smooth nourishing hand cream.
The hand cream is available to purchase from supermarkets or places like Boots and Wilkinson. It normally costs between £2 and £3 for a 100ml tube.
The packaging is typical of the Nivea brand being mainly in blue and white. It is made from plastic and the lid of the packaging sits at the bottom of the tube. This lid is a flip top lid and by simply flipping it open you are met with a nice size hole for the cream to come out of. The hole is just the perfect size, it's not too big so lots of cream comes out at once but it's not too small that the cream gets stuck either. I also love the lid being on the bottom as it makes it easier to get the cream out when you are nearing the end.
The hand cream is white in colour and has an average consistency for this type of product. The fragrance you get from this cream is exactly the same as you get with most other Nivea products and has the normal fresh scent that people associate with the brand. Nivea claim that it strengthens the skins protective barrier whilst giving pampering care to nails and cuticles.
I rub the Nivea hand cream into my hands after doing the washing up, I find it easy to work over my hands, it absorbs into the skin quite quickly and only has the sticky feeling for a minute or so before being totally absorbed. The product definitely improves the feeling of my hands after it has been applied and the dryness soon goes away. As far as the claims that it strengthens the skins protective barrier, I'm not entirely sure what it means by this, but my hands don't feel less dry after washing up even though I use this product every day.
I suffer quite badly with the skin around my nails peeling back, this can be quite annoying at times, especially if I catch it on something. Since I've been using this hand cream I have noticed the skin not sticking out as much and it has definitely improved although not totally disappeared. My nails are often given a new lease of life when using the cream too, with my cuticles being softened. The product really is a great all rounder.
I definitely recommend this Nivea smooth nourishing hand cream, it offers great value for money as it does exactly what I want a hand cream to do. Although I'm not sure if it lives up to its claims or not, it feels good when I use it, smells nice and leaves my hands nice and soft.
I noticed recently just how dry and cracked my normally relatively smooth hands were becoming. It's probably got a lot to do with the weather and frequent hand washing so I was keen to get a cream and have them feeling and looking better. Being a sucker for a bargain, I came across this on offer at £2 in Wilkinsons and gave it a try as I went off my old hand cream deciding it was far too greasy. Fortunately, this Nivea one has been lovely to use and is actually doing what it claims to do.
There's a lot of choice when it comes to various creams and hand creams are no exception. They always seem to claim to do some amazing things, and you can now get Q10 ones that are supposed to de-wrinkle your hands! Amazing! I'm very sceptical about claims but simply moisturising your hands and making them softer shouldn't be too hard. The one thing I often find with hand creams, however, is that the consistency and absorption can often be not so great, so that's what I mostly interested in. Having used Nivea before, I knew that a lot of their creams seemed to be on the thicker side so I was a little more hopefully that this cream should do the trick.
This comes in a 100ml soft squeezy tube that's mostly white in colour with a blue push top lid. The Nivea logo is clearly visible at the top so it's instantly recognisable, with the 'Smooth Nourishing' text in the middle to tell which exact product it is. It has 'anti-dryness' towards the bottom in an orange box too, because there are a few different varieties of Nivea creams. On the front we're also told that this has 'non-stop Hydra IQ' because it works for 24 hours, that it's designed for dry hands and that it contains macadamia nut oil.
This is described as being a 'rich yet quickly absorbed cream that softens and nourishes dry hands'. It is designed as a daily use cream that should be used whenever needed in order to improve the 'skin's elasticity and leave hands and cuticles smooth and supple'. The cream is supposed to keep hands moisturised even after washing your hands, so dryness is caused by frequent washing rather than the weather then it should still be effective. It does this, apparently, through a combination of the following :
- Macadamia nut oil : Soothes the dry and taut skn
- Vitamins : Including the pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin F to 'regenerate' the skin
- Ceramides : Help to improve the structure of the skin
The cream is white and smells like other Nivea products I've used because they seem to have their own distinctive scent. I find it quite pleasant, being a little sweet and not too overpowering to use on hands. The consistency is fairly good in my opinion, being easy enough to squeeze out of the tube and smooth over hands, but not too runny that it goes everywhere and takes ages to absorb. It could perhaps have been a little thicker, which is what I find with a lot of hand creams, but it's definitely not the thinnest/runniest I've used by far. You needn't use much per application, just putting a couple of little blobs over your hands and working it in to your skin does the trick well. It glides over easily and absorbs relatively quickly. Of course, it would be great if it was instantly absorbs so you can apply it and get on with what you're doing, but that's never going to happen. However, within a minute my hands are usually good to go, just giving it a little longer to fully sink it and get to work.
It's good to know, though I'd take it for granted coming from a decent brand, that it's dermatologically tested and approved. Nivea is a very popular brand and one I have a good deal of trust in to make kind to skin products, and I'm glad to say I've not noticed anything untoward from this hand cream considering I can sometimes have slightly sensitive skin.
Immediately after use my skin does feel quite relieved and soft, with a light scent that makes me feel like I've done something nice to look after myself, as I can often get out of the habit of moisturising. I like that using this is quick and mess-free, and the squeezy tube is easy to use and a good size to carry in your handbag. After a few days of using I'm finding that my hands are generally less dry, and after 2 weeks the softness is starting to stay. I'm still using the cream because I want to keep my hands that way, plus it's nice to use for the immediate effects anyway. The only thing I'd perhaps say is that whilst I didn't think it was too bad in terms of greasiness and time taken to absorb, it could have been better. It's not the worst hand cream for these downsides, it's simply the case that I would have liked it a little thicker and a little less oily. None the less, it still did the trick of moisturising and making my hands softer, so it still gets 4 stars from me.
Would I recommend? Yes, if you find it on offer as £2 is a good price for a hand lotion like this. It should give you immediate relief from dry hands and with use over a longer period of time it should help keep them softer too, just don't use too much as it's not the least oily consistency or the fastest to absorb cream out there.
Selling in Boots for £3.39 for a 100ml tube
I tend to go through a considerable amount of hand cream, particularly as I suffer with problematic skin due to extreme dryness across my knuckles, which frequently cracks and bleeds. I have two favourite brands, namely Dove and Nivea and over the months I have been trying out a number of different products with this review discussing Nivea's Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream, which is intended for dry hands.
The 100 ml of cream is presented in a sturdy plastic tube, which sits on a flip top lid and is easily opened and securely closed. The packaging is fairly simplistic in appearance and the main factors for my purchase were the inclusion of macadamia nut oil together with the non-stop 24 hour hydration claim. I can speak highly of the dry skin products that I've used containing oil from the macadamia nut, as due to its rich and oxidative effects, it offers a high level of hydration. I tend to generally use a few different creams at one time, particularly as I have them placed in different areas of my home. However, for the purpose of this review I refrained from using any other products to enable me to accurately assess the full benefits.
The pearly white cream offers a good consistency and is easily dispensed onto my skin when I am instantly able to witness a cooling effect. I have grown up to adore the delightful and very familiar Nivea aroma and I favour the fact that the cream offers an identical scent, which I would describe as clean and fresh. This pleasantly surprised me, particularly as I was expecting a slight nutty aroma. The cream is easily applied and spread onto my skin and after a minute or so the slight tackiness is fully absorbed. In addition to suffering with dry skin, I often experience the discomfort of itching, particularly on the back of my right hand and the cream offers instant relief the moment it is applied, which in my opinion is generally the first sign of an effective product. First impressions were extremely good, as the surface of my skin offered a silky soft texture, so I was eager to discover the product's long term benefits.
I found that the cream offered a high level of moisturisation and I did not always feel it necessary to reapply after washing my hands, as whilst there was no residue on the surface of my skin, I was able to witness the softness that had been delivered by the high quality ingredients. A little goes a long way with the 100 ml tube lasting me approximately three weeks where I applied up to four times each day with a more generous covering at bedtime. Nivea claims that with regular use, the formula containing Hydra IQ will support the skin's own moisture supply and as a result, will offer continuous moisturisation even after hand washing. This is a somewhat difficult claim to evidence, but I must admit that I did not suffer the uncomfortable itching after a few days of use. Consequently, I'm of the opinion that over time, the high quality ingredients work themselves deep into the skin and offer long term hydration.
The cream is also intended to keep the nails and cuticles in tip top condition although I don't generally tend to suffer in this area. I was extremely impressed with both the short and long term effects offered by this cream, particularly as the condition of my hands is so problematic and it needs a tough cream to keep my problem at bay. Nivea claim that the blend of macadamia nut oil and vitamins work in harmony to strengthen the skin's protection barrier and I would have to agree with this statement and I will definitely make a further purchase when my current supply of hand creams has been exhausted. The only issue I experienced was that in order to use the entire contents it was necessary to cut the tube in half when I was nearing the end.
The cream has been dermatologically tested and should be used within 12 months of opening with the tube being recyclable once empty. I always tend to bulk buy beauty products when I can find them on offer and until 16 September 2012 you can purchase Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream at Tesco where it is listed at half price for £1.45, which is excellent value for money.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
For Christmas gone I received a handy gift set full of mini Nivea products for me to try. I know the Nivea make is generally very good and I had tried some of the products in there however some others were a first time tester. I have worked in a hairdressers for quite a few years now and this can play havoc with your hands. You are constantly getting them wet and having abrasive products on them that they can become chapped and sore so it is very important to get a good hand cream that can be applied throughout the day to keep them moisturised and soft.
One of the products I received was the Nivea smooth nourishing hand cream. The product comes in a 30 ml white tube that displays the typical Nivea logo; it has a dark blue cap that can be pulled open for the cream to be dispensed. The tube advised that this cream is designed for dry hands. The tube also advises that the cream is a fast absorbing hand and nail cream that will keep hands beautifully soft and smoothed, with hydra IQ technology the cream restores the natural moisture in the skin while macadamia nut oil helps to strengthen the skins protection barrier.
This cream is of average consistency and white in colour. It smells just like the Nivea cream which is fresh and clean and it certainly does absorb into the skin with ease, you can feel that the cream is super moisturising even while you are rubbing it in. Hands feel immediately soft and smoothed and strangely protected after using this cream so the benefits are found straight away, there's no waiting for results after a few weeks of using.
Since using this cream, my hands have definitely improved and they are no longer as sore any more. I apply this cream whenever I deem necessary and I will continue to do so to keep my hands looking smoothed and feeling super soft. I would definitely recommend for people who have dry and tired hands looking for some TLC.
Until a couple of months ago I never used to bother buying hand creams as I always thought that they were a complete waste of money, as you could just use an ordinary body moisturizer which would work in exactly the same way. However, I recently started to notice that my hands were feeling dryer than usual and they were also starting to look a bit old, so I decided to treat myself. Now, how does one decide which hand cream to buy, because there are hundreds out there?! I decided I wanted a hand cream for dry hands, which smelt nice and came in a medium size tube (so I could have it in my handbag) with a flip up lid (for easy application). I thought that The Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream met all those requirements and I also remembered my mum always using and swearing by Nivea. It was also on special offer in Boots at less than half price, reduced from £3.39 to £1.69 for 100 ml, so you really can't go wrong at that price.
The Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream comes in a mainly white tube with blue writing and a blue flip up lid. It contains macademia nut oil and other vitamins and claims to be fast absorbing and moisturize dry hands for up to 24 hours. It has the typical smell that most Nivea creams have with an added subtle nutty scent. It has a lovely consistency I think, in that it is neither runny or too thick, making it easy to apply and quickly absorbed. As soon as I use it, my hands instantly feel softer and smoother and look shinier, without feeling and looking greasy. I like the feel and smell of my hands once applied, so I tend to use this cream three or four times a day now, even when really not needed. I can now see that hand creams do make a difference without being a waste of money, and would definitely recommend anyone to try the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Cream!
Nivea smooth nourishing handcream for dry hands containing macademia nut oil 100ml.
I have purchased this product regularly as I am a hand cream 'nut' and like to kkeep a tube in the car, the office, the kitchen, by the bed....not to mention in all my handbags. I don't suffer unduly from dry hands but with plenty of house work, cooking etc I seem to wash them alot and like to keep them soft. I also like to care for my nails. This product is widely available and can be bought for as low as £1.50 a tube and watch out for offers in many high street stores also.
It is a fairly straight forward looking tube of hand cream in the trade mark dark blue and white nivea colours. It has a flip up lid and as the tube is quite soft plastic the cream comes out nice and easily even when the tube is nearing the end. The white cream is a nice consistency with a very pleasing smell......I guess this is the nut oil? It rubs into the hands easily, is quickly absorbed and does not leave the hands tacky or overly greasy like some creams do. It certainly leaves my hands soft and I think offers a good protective skin when I carry on with those chores! I feel it does my nails some good too and softens my cuticles.
Nivea has an excellent reputation in my opinion for good quality products at affordable prices and this cream certainly continues that for me.
I would describe it as a simple pleasant hand cream which does the job to a very high standard at a very fair price and is easily obtainable. Go get your self some!! Or get a few tubes and keep them around the house like I do so you are never in danger of getting dry hands.
I received a small sample of this inside a Nivea gift set. However, you can purchase the full sized 100ml tubes from Boots.
I love this hand cream as it is easy to use and it absorbs quickly without leaving your mits feeling sticky or greasy. Some hand creams that I have used in the past have taken AGES to absorb, however this one absorbs really quickly and before you know it you can get back on with what you were doing without waiting forever for your hands to dry! The hand cream doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy, instead it just leaves them feeling soft and moisturised. The smell of the hand cream is really pleasant. It doesn't smell floral, it just smells clean smelling and quite subtle. It's certainly not an overpowering scent at all.
As the cream is quite light it can be used any time of the day. I keep some of this in my locker at work and I also keep some by my bedside cabinet. I use the hand cream last thing at night so I wake up to lovely soft (and pleasant smelling!) hands. Perfect!
I have also noticed a difference (a positive one) to my nails since using this hand cream. My nails are now growing better. They seem a lot stronger and a lot less brittle. My cuticles are also softer and smoother. I can now show off my hands without hiding them away!
Lovely hand cream. It's great value too as it lasts ages.
I have recently tried out the Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream and this is my review of the hand cream.
I bought the Nivea hand cream when I was shopping in my local Asda supermarket and it cost me £3.50 which I thought was a bit dear but I had wanted to try out this type of hand cream as my daughter had used it before and had said it was very good.
My hands are very dry most of the time and when I am doing work around the house this problem gets worse. Things like washing the bathroom and using household products like bleach and other cleaners makes the dry skin on my hands worse cos of the strong chemicals I am using.
The Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream is in quite a small tube and is only 100ml. I would normally not have paid as much as £3.50 for a tube of hand cream this size and I can usually get a better price for a hand cream. It does say on the tube that the cream is for dry hands and the name of the cream is Smooth and Nourishing so I was really hoping that the cream would help the dry skin on my hands when I bought it.
The packaging is a plastic tube with a blue plastic cap on the top which is easy to flip up and the cream can be squeezed out from the lid. The cream is a white colour and is a very thick cream which is not runny or to messy when it has been squeezed out of the tube.
The Nivea hand cream has a nice feeling when it is rubbed into my hands and it does not feel to heavy or oily. The cream does not take to long to rub into my skin and the dry tight feeling my hands have starts to go away as soon as I have rubbed the cream onto my hands so I think it is a good quality hand cream as soon as I have started to use it for the first time.
There is a smell from the Nivea hand cream which is not unpleasant and it is not to strong. The smell is like a body lotion scent and is nice enough that it does not bother me. The smell lasts on my hands after I have rubbed the cream into my skin and lasts for quite a long time.
The Nivea hand cream is not to greasy or oily and I like this cos some hand creams make my hands feel really oily after I have used them and I need to try and wash some of the cream off. The Nivea hand cream doesn't make my hands feel uncomfortable after I have used it. There is no need to use a large amount of the hand cream each time I use it and I think just a small amount is enough to cover the dry skin on my hands so the tube will last a long time.
I usually put on hand cream each night after I have had a shower and I have been doing this recently with the Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream. The dry skin on my hands has almost all nearly gone and the tight feeling my skin had is gone. My hands feel nice and soft and even the cracked skin I had at my knuckles is looking a lot better than it did before. This makes me think that the Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream is a good quality product as I always use hand creams and none of the other ones I was using have made this much difference to the skin on my hands.
I would recommend giving the Nivea Smooth Nourishing hand cream a try out and I will buy it again even though it is quite a lot dearer than other hand creams that I would normally buy cos I think this hand cream is a lot better quality than other creams and I think it is worth paying a bit more money for it.
I have dry skin all year round, but during the winter it tends to get much worse. My face and my hands are by far the worst affected areas, so I need to use hand cream regularly. This has resulted in me having several different bottles on the go at once, and the one I currently have in my handbag is the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Anti-Dryness cream for dry hands. I actually got this for Christmas in a gift set, so the tube is only 30ml in size, but this is big enough for me to get a good idea of what the product is like and perfect for carrying around in my handbag.
The hand cream is packaged in a white tube with dark blue writing, which stands on a dark blue flip top cap. I find that the hinge on the cap is strong, and the hole from which the cream is dispensed is just the right size to ensure you don't squeeze out too much at once.
I think the design of the packaging looks quite basic - it doesn't really look anything special, and certainly doesn't look luxurious in any way. That said, it's functional and does everything you need it to do, and as they say it's what's inside that counts.
~About the cream~
The cream is described on the tube as being 'a fast absorbing hand and nail cream'. It is formulated with something Nivea call 'Hydra IQ'. Although this sounds impressive, nowhere does it really advise what Hydra IQ actually is - just that it 'helps support the skin's own moisture supply' and I assume from the little symbol on the front it is supposed to work for 24hours, although again, that is not clear. Personally I can't help thinking that it's just a fancy term that Nivea have invented to make the product sound more impressive, although perhaps I'm just being cynical!
As well as this mysterious Hydra IQ ingredient, the cream also contains macadamia nut oil, which they say will help strengthen the skins protection barrier. Apparently macadamia nut oil is great for ageing skin as it contains high concentrations of palmitoelic acid, which is produced naturally by the skin but depletes as we age. Macadamia nut oil is also known to moisturise and soften the skin - both qualities that of course are beneficial in a hand cream.
~Using the cream~
The cream is white in colour and has quite a glossy finish to it. It initially looks to be quite thick, however when you start to rub it in, you will realise that it's actually quite a light lotion and it spreads over the skin with ease. Unlike some creams, I have found that as long as you don't apply too much, this one will rub in quite easily.
It absorbs reasonably quickly, although I have found a very slight residue is left on the skin. Saying this, it isn't a greasy cream, and I can apply it at work and get on with typing no problem - I don't have to worry about my fingers slipping off the keys!
The scent of the cream is fairly gentle and has quite a generic sort of smell to it. I don't think it smells of macadamia nuts at all, the smell is just a kind of a neutral 'lotion' smell, which reminds me of both baby lotion and sun tan lotion. It's nice enough and inoffensive, but if you're someone who likes more highly fragranced products you may find this a bit too plainly scented.
If I'm totally honest I can't say that I was expecting a huge amount from this cream. Although I have never had any major gripes with Nivea products to my recollection, I just see it as quite a standard brand, and this coupled with the fact that I have never seen this particular product advertised or talked about, lead me to think it would be very ordinary.
In fact, I find that in terms of moisturising it is very effective. On one of my fingers in particular as well as between my fingers, the skin has become so dry that it is actually flaking off in patches. A small amount of this cream managed to transform my skin and make it look less reptile and more human again! It got rid of the tight feeling and discomfort associated with dry skin, and I found that my hands looked healthier as a result of being hydrated.
My hands feel very soft and supple after using this cream and rough patches are smoothed. There is no greasiness or slippiness either, which is a quality I look for in a product like this. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin like some other brands of hand cream designed for dry skin - I often think companies think that making a product thicker and heavier is all that is needed to make the results more intensive, and don't think of the practicalities of the poor soul having to use it!
My cuticles are another area of my hands that often become dry and unsightly. I swear by Burt's Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream, which I also carry around with me, but I do find if I apply this Nivea hand cream it softens my cuticles and makes them look healthier. It's not quite as fantastic as my Burt's Bees favourite in that area, but it's a good alternative for when I'm in a rush, or as a top up when my cuticles are just starting to dry out again.
As I mentioned, on the front of the tube there is a symbol that seems to indicate (although does not actually say in so many words) that this cream will give 24 hour hydration. Personally I do not find this to be the case and results seem to wear off within around 3-4 hours. This could just be a result of my skin being particularly dry, and people with a more 'normal' skin type may find that the results last longer.
~Price and Availability~
As with all things it pays to shop around. I got my tube as a gift, but having looked online I can see that a 100ml tube of this cream costs £3.36 from Boots, but only £2.00 from ASDA. Being from a well-known brand like Nivea I don't think this product should be too difficult to find in the shops.
Considering that only a relatively small amount of cream is needed per use, I don't think the price is too bad, even at the higher amount charged by Boots.
As I have said, I didn't really have high hopes for this cream, so I've been surprised how much I actually like it. It's not the most luxurious or 'special' product I've ever used, but I feel that it does the job well and the fact that it doesn't cost the earth is a bonus. If you do suffer from dry skin on your hands then this is a cream I would recommend, and I would be happy to buy it again in the future.
Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream; is a rich yet quickly absorbed cream that softens and nourishes dry hands / Used daily, it will improve the skin's elasticity, leaving hands and cuticles smooth and supple / This formula contains: / ceramides to help improve the skins structure / vitamin-complex containing pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin F to intensively nourish and regenerate dry skin macadamia nut oil to soothe and relieve taut skin / Dermatologically approved / Enjoy immediate, pampering care for softer smoother hands