Thursday, May 17, 2007

Beauty Product of the Week: Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

What is it? Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream "delivers effective relief for dry, chapped hands. It is so concentrated that only a small amount instantly leaves dry hands noticeably softer and smoother after just one application. Used daily, it helps prevent dry, chapped skin - even under the harshest of conditions." Why is it Norwegian? "It started with Norwegian fishermen. Faced with some of the harshest, coldest weather on earth, they used a formula that delivers concentrated levels of glycerin to dry, chapped skin providing immediate and lasting relief. Five years of independent clinical testing confirm what the fishermen knew all along - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream consistently outperforms other products. Now Norwegian Formula is also available to you in Foot Cream, Body Emulsion, Body Moisturizer, and Soothing Relief." Widely available at drugstores for $5 or less.

What did you think? I feel like I am always on the quest for the perfect hand cream. Half the time, I get a product with a nice scent but a crappy, greasy consistency; the other half of the time, I end up with a cream that doesn't provide any moisturizer. It's a tough battle. Because it was on sale, I grabbed a tube of Norwegian Formula Hand Cream to see how it would do.

The back of the tube says to apply just a little bit--since a little goes a long way. And boy are they right. If you make the mistake of squeezing out too much lotion, you'll wind up with sticky feeling skin--trust me, I've done it more than once. However, when used properly, this hand cream really seems to soften skin without too much of a greasy feel. Now, to be fair, I have only used this product at night before going to bed...a time when I am not overly concerned with having greasy hands. I don't know that I would be too quick to use this product during the day because of this cream's thickness. But it's that thickness that provides tons of moisture to dry, cracked skin. When I wake up in the morning, my hands feel soft and perfect.

I've used this hand cream on my elbows and feet and have had decent results. For moisture, you really can't go wrong. The one disappointing thing is that the hand cream doesn't have any scent. Now, either I bought the unscented version of this cream, or I'm just missing something, because there is no fragrance whatsoever. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though I think I'd prefer at least a hint of a scent. Oh well!

The bottom line? I finally found a Neutrogena product I like! As I said before, this is the perfect "use before you go to bed" product. It delivers just what it promises--soft, smooth skin. It isn't the most exciting or sexy product in the world, but at least it does a decent job without breaking the bank.


finding the filth said...

i just got a new lotion sampler over the weekend and had to share - burt's bees... i am over the moon in love with them now!

the sampler kit was found at target and included 2 foot creams, a big pumice stone, a lip balm, a cuticle cream, a hand salve and 2 pots of hand lotion. (i think it was like $12-14 for the set?) all different flavors. each one of them amazing!

my hands had been totally chapping up the day i got it, so i applied a light coat of the hand salve before bed and by well into the next day, and after repeated washings, my hands were still silky and soft. not at all greasy. it's the best i've ever used!

Lydia said...

OOOh! I love Burts Bees. They have such great products. have you ever tried the avocado hair mask?