Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know that I buy a lot of my stuff from Tesco's They do a super hand and nail cream for only 80p and this works just as well as the much more expensive brands I have also used. This hand cream sinks into my skin quickly and makes them feel so much softer than they did before. This is a smashing cream for massaging into the cuticles as it really softens them up and it doesn't leave my hands feeling sticky. One tube lasts me for ages as I only need to use a very small amount. It also has a lovely fresh delicate fragrance which lasts for ages on the skin. I have been using this cream for about eight months now and as it contains vitamin B5 I have noticed a huge difference in the suppleness of my skin. If you are looking for a great hand cream at a great affordable price then you really cannot go past this one from Tesco.
My husband is fully aware of my love of beauty products and when shopping in Tesco a few months ago he discovered their Conditioning Hand and Nail Creams, which I believe are newly launched. As the price tag was considerably low at just 80p, he decided to purchase one for me to try and test with this review discussing my experience.
Whilst I was touched by my husband being so thoughtful, I was extremely apprehensive about trying the cream, particularly as I suffer with very dry skin on my hands. As a result, I am very careful with the products that I use and always choose those that claim to be highly moisturising, as otherwise my skin will split and subsequently bleed. However, I did not want to dismiss the product solely on its low price tag and decided to give it a try.
The sturdy plastic tube packaging containing 75 ml of cream is very eye-catching due to its colour of vibrant cerise pink, so would appeal to those consumers who adore girlie toiletries. I was surprised to discover that the cream contained pro vitamin B5, which is not something that I expected due to the low price. Many higher end brands use this highly effective ingredient in their skin care products due to the fact that when it is absorbed into the skin it has the natural ability to regenerate, heal and moisturise.
In addition, the hand and nail cream contains vitamin E, which is also known for its highly effective moisturising properties as well as protecting the skin against the environment. The ingredients sounded really promising, so how did I find the cream? As I easily flipped open the lid with one hand whilst I received the pure white cream with the other I was impressed with the consistency, as due to the price I had anticipated it to replicate a lotion. I squirted out a small amount and rubbed it into my skin and also my cuticles and nails. I was met with the most delightful aroma, which although delicate, can be described as clean and fresh and combined with a favourable floral hint.
The cream was both easily spread and applied to my skin and I was highly impressed at how quickly it was absorbed. I found that it almost melted as soon as it made contact, so I didn't need to make much effort to rub it in. The aroma slightly intensified, but was not evident unless I lifted my hands to my nose. The surface of my skin initially felt a little tacky, but this soon dispersed with my hands feeling soft and smooth although they did not feel sufficiently hydrated nor did they feel as velvety smooth, which is the effect I can obtain from my usual hand products.
However, I cannot admit to experiencing any tightness or subsequent itching, which is generally the case for me when my condition is at its worst. In terms of long lasting moisturising properties, sadly the cream did not deliver, as it was necessary to reapply a good few times throughout the day, which rather defeats the object of purchasing a low priced product.
I continued to use the cream for a week, but my skin condition flared up with extreme dryness on my knuckles and unfortunately, the cream could not tackle the problem, so I had to revert back to one of my favourite hand creams, which are described as intensive and for those who suffer with very dry skin. However, the cream served its purpose well and whilst my nails are generally in a good condition, I cannot speak of their appearance changing during the period I used this product. I cannot see my making a further purchase, but I would anticipate that Tesco Conditioning Hand and Nail Cream would be suitable for those whose hands are in a fairly good condition
I am disappointed that Tesco have used packaging that is not recyclable due to both the tube and cap being made from mixed materials and I feel that they should urgently address this issue. On a positive note, the hand cream has not been tested on animals with Tesco funding research into alternatives. Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a three star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.