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=== Motivation ===
Last winter I was searching for a good, preferably unscented hand cream. Graygirl (on dooyoo and ciao) recommended I look into QV Cream. After reading her review I decided to give it a try.
=== Product Claims ===
QV cream is a glycerol, light liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin moisturising cream developed by Ego, an Australian company. It is targeted at dry skin types. According to the back of the tube, "QV Cream is a moisturising cream for the symptomatic relief of dermatological conditions associated with dry skin, such as atopic dermatitis, xerosis, pruritus, ichthyosis, eczema, psoriasis and exposure to sun, wind and cold weather." It is perfume free, colour free, lanolin free and propylene glycol free.
=== Packaging ===
QV Cream comes in a 100g tube or a 500g plastic tub, both have a relatively simple blue and white design. I have the tube which is similar in design to an average tube of toothpaste but slightly fatter and shorter with a screw top lid. I find it a bit too large to put comfortably in my handbag, but given that it is not designed exclusively as a hand cream, the size is reasonable. The opening is relatively large at 8.5mm diameter. You need to be careful not to squeeze out too much if you are just using it on your hands.
=== Look, feel and smell===
The cream is quite thick and pure white in colour. You can turn your hand upside down with a large blob of cream without risk of dripping. It has a faint smell which I cannot place, I assume it is from the paraffin. It is not strong and fades within a minute or two. The cream spreads very easily, almost gliding over the skin. A pea sized blob is enough for my hands. The majority of the lotion soaks in within 15-20 seconds, but it leaves my hands feeling quite greasy for a few minutes, but this sensation disappears quite quickly leaving the skin feeling soft and moisturised. However, if I use a tiny bit too much cream the greasy sensation remains for quite a long time (perhaps 15 minutes) so it is important to start with less than you think you need and add if necessary.
=== Is it Effective?===
This past winter my hands were not in great condition. My skin was dry and starting to crack between the fingers. I tried numerous hand creams; QV Cream was the most effective. It brought instant relief and eliminated the dry skin in about two weeks. It continued to keep my hands healthy for the rest of the winter (and spring and summer). I still have enough in the tube to get me through the winter. I tend to use it once a day in winter and a few times a week the rest of the year. I prefer to apply just before bed so the initial greasy feeling is less annoying.
=== Price and Availability ===
QV Cream is available online from Crawford Pharmaceuticals and a number of other online retailers such as ChemistDirect. The 100g tube costs £3.52 while the 500g tube will set you back about £10.
This is a very effective, fragrance free cream which I can highly recommend to anyone suffering from dry skin. I have gone with 4 stars as the initial greasy feeling can be annoying.
This review is also posted on ciao, under the same name.
I first came across this moisturising cream when I was sent free samples of the QV products. Ego is an Australian skincare firm whose products are now available in the United Kingdom.
I suffer from extremely dry skin, especially on my legs. It causes real problems on my forearms too, as my skin there is very thin. If I scratch or rub at a piece of dry skin, I will get a bruise or blood blister immediately.
In my opinion, this really is a miracle cream. I use it regularly now, and although there are other moisturising creams that I like, this is my favourite. Although it is quite thick, it is easily absorbed, and it really does keep my skin supple and smooth for well over 24 hours.
The cream comes in a tube that has a bright blue design against a white background. At the top of the tube is the word 'ego', and 'QV Cream' is in larger letters lower down the tube. This poduct contains glycerol, light liquid paraffin as well as white soft paraffin. It does not contain any perfume, colouring, lanolin or propylene glycol.
The description on the back says that 'QV Cream is a moisturising cream for the symptomatic relief of dermatological conditions associated with dry skin, such as atopic dermatitis, xerosis, pruritis, icthyosis, eczema, psoriasis and exposure to the sun, wind and cold weather'.
(Thanks to Meggysmum for letting me know that this cream is available on NHS for severe skin conditions.)
I don't have any of the more serious skin complaints mentioned above, but I'm extremely grateful to have discovered a cream that will help my very dry skin. I will be taking some with me when I go away on holiday, in case I need a soothing rescue for my skin after some time in the sun. Even though I always wear a high sunscreen factor, as I have had (non-malignant) skin cancer - as have other members of my fair-skinned family - I really appreciate being out in the sun as I like to get as much Vitamin D as possible. Vitamin D has been shown to have pain-relieving effects for Fibromyalgia, which I have written about in another review.
You can buy QV Cream online via Crawford Pharmaceuticals as well as other outlets. The QV product range consists of the following:
Cream, £3.52 for 100mg tube, £10.08 for a 500g tub
Skin Lotion, £5.40 for 250ml
Bath Oil, £3.96 for 300ml
Wash, £4.50 for 200ml
Crawford's website states that the cream 'Contains squaline, a natural ingredient which is found in the skin's own oils. Its dual-action formula is highly effective in relieving and protecting against dryness and associated itchiness and cracked skin'.
You can apply the cream as often as you like, and I really think it is worth its weight in gold. It thoroughly deserves the full five stars - I would give it six stars if I could! I suggested this cream as an addition to the Dooyoo catalogue, and I'm delighted to see it added to the site.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)