“ Brand: Superdrug / Balm / Type: Hand Balm / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: regenerates, „
I do tend to suffer from dry hands, and the combination of this cold weather, and lots of hand washing (I have a young baby and a four year old, which means I seem to be washing my hands a lot!) means they really are suffering at the moment.
I try to have a tube of hand cream everywhere I may need one, and I bought this the other day to pop next to the sink in the bathroom. It was on offer and cost just 99p - but even at full price the 75ml tube costs only £1.39.
Rehydrate and protect
According to the Superdrug website, "this concentrated hand balm is specially formulated to relieve very dry and chapped hands, enriched with glycerin it will help re-hydrate and protect your skin against further dryness". This sounded like just what I needed!
This comes in a very simple blue tube - it is a bit different from other hand creams in its simplicity and I actually quite like this basic, no frills packaging.
Absorbs in an instant
The cream - or balm - itself is thick and white, and in all honesty the texture is no different to a hand cream in my opinion! But it does feel very moisturising when you apply it to the hands and it absorbs instantly which is something I really like. The scent is a clean and fresh fragrance - it is a kind of washing powder scent I think. Although it's a nice smell, and it's certainly inoffensive, I am not that mad on it really as I would prefer something a bit more interesting. But this is just a personal preference really and not a big problem!
Once I've rubbed this into my hands I felt that my hands were a little sticky, and I could almost feel a residue from the balm on my hands. I really don't like this sensation, but I have to say that this seems to disappear after a few minutes. And hands are left feeling really soft, and it definitely improves any dry patches I have on my hands. I find this softness is quite long lasting too, and if I apply this regularly throughout the day - particularly after washing my hands - then I go to bed with very soft hands indeed!
In summary ...
Although this balm is effective, I don't think it is the most amazing hand cream in the world - it isn't particularly luxurious or rich. However, it does do what it is supposed to do, and at this price it is difficult to complain too much really! I would definitely buy this again and I do recommend it to anyone with dry hands.
At work we take it in turns to buy hand cream so we can always keep a tube in the office in case anyone is suffering from dry and chapped hands. It was my turn to purchase the last tube so on a trip to Superdrug I spotted their own brand Hand Therapy Concentrated Hand Balm.
The 75ml tube costs £1.00, I thought this was pretty good value as some of the branded hand creams can be rather expensive.
The cream comes in a dark blue tube with a flip cap style plastic top which the tube stands on making sure that the balm inside is always ready to dispense straight out. On the front of the tube are the Superdrug's star logo and a picture of a hand with a heart on the palm. It states that the balm is 'rescue treatment for dry and chapped hands'. On the back of the tube you can find more detailed information on how the cream works, directions for use and full ingredients listings.
The hand balm is said to relive dry skin and is enriched with glycerine to help your skin be protected against further dryness. I find the balm does this perfectly as it is very easily absorbed into my skin making it feel instantly softer and smoother. Also the balm does not feel in anyway sticky or greasy and after a few seconds I can carry on with my tasks not feeling like I have wet gooey hands.
The balm itself is white and rather thick, I would say that the balm is more like a cream in its appearance and consistency but this does not stop it from being easily distributed all over my hands. The soft feeling of my skin also tends to last a few hours or until I wash my hands so one tube does last a long time as you only need to use a small amount at a time.
I would certainly recommend anyone to try this product, it does exactly what it claims to do and leaves hands soft and hydrated. Its handy size also means it will easily sit on a desk or pop into a handbag without taking up too much room, and the cost wont break the bank.
I started a new job about 4 months ago which involves having to wash my hands many times throughout my shifts and handling very strong cleaning products etc. and my hands were really suffering! They became really red, dry, cracked and painful!
I tried Neutrogena's concentrated hand cream, which was okay but not amazing. It made my hands softer, but took ages to settle in and the results didn't really last. My friend offered me some of her hand cream, Superdrug's own version of the concentrated hand cream. For £1.29 and an own brand, I didn't think it was going to be any good but I tried it anyway.
I literally noticed a difference within about an hour. After two weeks my hands are back to normal! They've completely got rid of any dry skin on my hands, eliminated redness and made my hands really soft. I am amazed!!
It comes in a 75ml tube, which is quite long, blue in colour with white writing on it. You don't get that much in a tube but you don't really need that much to get results. The cream smells really nice, it is like the smell of shampoo in a hairdressers, and smells really clean and fresh! The cream itself is glycerin enriched, and appears as more of a gel than a cream. It sinks into your skin really well, and the results last for a few hours so you only need to apply it once or twice throughout the day.
I cannot recommend this product enough. It is probably the only hand cream I have ever tried where I've noticed visible results, and it's such a reasonable price!