Product Type: Tesco Pain Relief
Newest Review: ... PRODUCT The product itself is classes as an analgesic cream, which does sound rather clinical, but basically means a pain relief ... more
The heat is on!
Tesco Heat Rub
Author Name: KChips1984
Tesco Heat Rub
Advantages: Fast acting, soothing feeling, cost effective, long lasting
WHY DID I NEED IT?
When I purchased my new house early last year, a lot of renovation work was needed before we could move in - and me thinking my DIY skills were top notch thought I would have a go at doing some of the jobs myself - I think you all know how this story turns out. To cut a long story short, I ended up with a pulled muscle at the base of my back due to the lifting, and therefore though I would give Tesco Heat Rub a go, as it was a lot cheaper than the leading brands, plus I didn't anticipate needed the whole tub straight away so it would keep for a long time.
PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
Product is available (obviously) in Tesco stores nationwide, and I paid around £2.50 for the 35g tube (price may be slightly higher these days).
The product itself is classes as an analgesic cream, which does sound rather clinical, but basically means a pain relief agent. The packaging claims that the product is a counter-irritant, and is effective in the treatment of rheumatic pain, backache, fibrositis, lumbago and sciatica - though I can only vouch that the product works perfectly well for backache so far (touch wood!). The product can also be used in treating bruises and sprains but for those I tend to just strap ankles etc. up as I don't see much value in using the product for this.
The product itself is in a gel form and is easily extracted from the tube by squeezing, in a similar way to that of extracting toothpaste from a tube - which is very easy I think you would agree. The gel itself is quite thick, which means there is little to no spilling or mess when extracting from the tube, meaning again that the product is very easy to use.
APPLICATION AND TREATMENT
I find that the best way to use the product, is the extract a small amount (around the size of a 2p coin) into your hand, and then apply to the area causing the pain - rubbing the gel in gently and then leaving uncovered for 15-20 minutes or so to ensure that the product has plenty of time to soak in and do its work. Once applied the gel instantly feels cold, but then is shortly followed by a warming feeling (hence the heat in the name) which you can really feel soothing the affected area.
I would recommend using twice a day, depending on the level and area that is causing the pain, and by doing this I found that after two or three days that the pain had reduced massively and was much more bearable, allow me to get back to my renovation duties.
Menthol 5.91% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.97% w/w, Methyl Salicylate 12.80% w/w, Turpentine Oil 1.47% w/w, Sodium cetostearyl sulphate, cetostearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin, dowicil 200, added water.
The packaging advises to store in a cool, dry place at temperatures not exceeding 25 degrees Celsius - which is perfect for us northerners as it doesn't even get that hot in the height of summer!
This product is a winner in my eyes, and much prefer it to other branded products in the same sector as it works just as well, it more cost effective and is very long lasting - all in all a recipe for a five out of five from me.
Summary: Use this instead of deep heat or voltarol!