|Norwegian Formula Hand Cream 50 ml|
I’ve got a new hand cream. I’d previously been using Vaseline Healthy Hands & UV Protection, which was light and absorbent and - really! - it was lovely. But then I started spending more time at the gym trying to butch up. The rowing machine had really taken it out of my hands and then dry skin caused by the friction of the repetitive rowing movements had begun to form. To make things worse, I’d been cycling about a lot more, and the incessant rain had really caused soreness. Things are only set to get worse now I have gained confidence lifting my right hand off of the handlebars to signal (I still can’t signal to go left, though, so on bike rides I am only capable of cycling around in a large circle or to anywhere located in the east).
With a lowly budget I took to the supermarket for an alternative to the Vaseline number I’d been giving a whirl. I bought Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream which advertises enough product for two hundred applications. It promises “Immediate and lasting relief for even the most dry hands. Just a dab of this glycerin-enriched formula instantly revives and protects seriously dry or chapped hands. Even under the harshest conditions it leaves hands noticeably softer and smoother.”
It is a nice product considering the packaging lists one of the ingredients simply as ‘Acid’. However, I suspect this was just a printing error and have persevered with it. If you're looking for a natural product, though, then this one may not be for you. The ingredients list is short, and that's reassuring because they haven't thrown in unnecessary ingredients. However, there are some you might like to avoid.
The application is pleasant: It is a clear, slightly pearlescent white liquid with a thick consistency that has an incredibly sweet smell. Although it does contain a small amount of perfume (listed last in the ingredients which means there’s less of it than the Acid), I suspect the aroma is a consequence of the high dose of moisturising glycerin. There is an unscented version for people who prefer it. Both really do have a lot of glycerin, and that’s a wonderful thing because it is brilliant at hydrating skin and, importantly, retaining moisture. Using this product reminds me of my early home-made attempts at skincare produced from glycerin purchased from the Tesco baking isle (not recommended!). This hand cream is far more efficient, though, and absorbs completely leaving my hands feeling comfortable and moisturised. Aside from glycerin and Acid (okay, I’ll drop it now) there are some skin-softening ingredients which seem to do what’s expected of them. The comfortable feeling remains for a very long time. I wouldn’t call this product luxurious as it lacks any sort of holistic appeal, but because of the deeply hydrating effect it certainly feels pampering.
The packaging is pretty standard for a hand cream; white tube, blue screw-top lid, red and black writing. It can fit in a gym bag without looking out-of-place. The nozzle resembles a pin-prick in order to limit the amount of product being dispensed. It is 50 ml, can be stored for twelve months once opened, and can be recycled when it is empty.
You know what? There’s very little else to say because as a product it is as unexciting as it gets, but the thing is it works really well if all you want is a good moisturiser. Sometimes I like to add several of drops of Bio-Oil and massage the two products in if my skin feels really parched and to add an anti-ageing dimension to the experience. I'll rebuy it I'm sure. But, it won't ever be my only hand cream: I usually only use it at nights before bed as it doesn’t contain SPF and so doesn’t really cut the mustard for daytime use.
A little boring
No added frills
Size: 50 ml
Price: £3.69 (£7.18/100 ml)
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Dilauryl, Thiodipropionate, Sodium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum
Alternative: L'Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream