Pros: heals, very moisturising, can be used all over, only need a small amount, unscented
Cons: sticky, costs more than other hand creams in it's price range
I wash my hands dozens of times a day at work because I'm exposed to dust and just because I'm a clean freak when it comes to my hands. Team that with air-conditioning blasting on my skin all day and you can see why I could develop a dry hand problem. I've tried a lot of hand creams in the past and found that anything with fragrance in it, such as the scented lotions you can sometimes find in a gift pack with perfume, causes my hands to break out in a rash. So I went in search recently of a hand lotion that was safe for sensitive hands and that was concentrated enough to relieve my poor, chapped hands. Enter Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.
Norwegian Formula comes in a white tube with a screw off lid (on the bottom). You get 2OZ/56g of product which at first seems kind of small. But you only need a pea sized amount for each application and Neutrogena claims "...Just a little goes a long way. This 2Oz tube contains over 200 applications...".
The ingredients of this hand cream are:
purified water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, sodium cetearyl sulfate, methylparaben, propylparaben, dilauryl thiodipropionate, sodium sulfate.
It is fragrance-free, dermatologist recommended and safe for sensitive hands like mine.
Some background info and hype from Neutrogena:
"...It started with Norwegian fisherman. 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..."
What does it claim to do?
"...Neutrogena 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."
I find this to be true. Norwegian Formula feels amazing on dry hands and deeply moisturises right away. The results last around 4 hours or longer which I think is excellent for a hand cream, especially one in this price range.
Norwegian Formula is transparent white and goes on kind of sticky. For anyone who's tried Avon Moisture Therapy this is almost the same texture and feel but slightly less sticky. That's my only complaint, the stickiness, but even that fades in a few minutes as it absorbs quickly and leaves a silky, supple feeling instead. There is no scent.
Norwegian Formula also works well on other dry areas. I've had success with elbows, knees and heels. Nutrogena suggests applying to chapped lips but I tried this once and the taste is strong and sour...yuck.
If you can tolerate slight stickiness and need a good hand cream that lasts for a few hours give this one a try. I've tried most other low-end hand creams and found this one to be the best.