Thursday, February 7, 2013

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: Simple and fun manicure guide for soft hands and beautiful nails

I had the opportunity to try out the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream and I was able to test it out for a few weeks. Our family of 3 has all used this cream. I will also post a simple and fun manicure guide for soft hands and beautiful nails. :) So be sure to read along after this review.

Family Use Child/Adult: My daughter is now 2 and with the winter months and her sensitive toddler skin, she would get dry red patches of skin around her thigh area and back. I used about a quarter (coin) size amount over her  entire back and about a dime sized amount over both legs at night. I appreciate the fact that this cream absorbs quickly into skin and is not overly greasy feeling. This is nice because we do not want stained bedding or clothing.

Her skin is improving and it seems to be gentle on her skin. I like how the scent is not overpowering, it is a simple scent. The color of the cream is a translucent clear white and almost goes on like an ointment and cream in one. It does seem to look overly white and sometimes gets slightly tacky if too much is applied at once.

I tried this product on my hands each night for a week (and am still using it until the bottle is used up). I used about a dime sized amount total for both hands and then used cotton stretchy spa gloves over my hands while I slept. I realize I could have gotten away with a pea sized amount I am sure, but my hands this past month or so have been extremely sore and chapped from the winter. I also seem to have a rash on my hands that will not go away (not sure if it is from new a detergent or a certain new soap I use. I have had this rash 2 weeks and am working on clearing it up with this cream regimen.

My husband has tried this cream as well for his split and cracked hands. His hands are worse than mine so he will need a larger amount of cream and will use this longer.

Face/Hands: I did try this on my face after my shower for 3 days as I was having some severe dry skin last week (very hot daily shower use in winter and one of those mornings last week had a overuse of harsh face cleansing and scrubbing.) My face cleared up after the 3 days.

My Opinion: I really like this product, the only thing that knocks a star away from 5 is that it is not the easiest to rub in. I have to rub it in very well to make sure it does not look white in color on my skin or leave a tacky residue.

I do like that it is not overly greasy and does not appear to stain. I think the retail price is reasonable and I like that it is in a tube instead of a jar.

Future use/purchase? I will continue to use this as my "go to" cream for my hands throughout the winter months (at night with my cotton gloves). I will purchase this on my own when the sample is used up.

Is this working? How did I use this? I tried this on my hands nightly for a week and still have some redness from the skin irritation, as I am also still trying to figure out what is causing the rash and burning. I liked how the burning cooled and calmed down almost immediately after applying this cream. The glycerin seems to be the helpful ingredient in this cream. I applied all over my knuckles and in between my fingers. I also made sure to use it near my cuticles.

Overall Thoughts: This cream is an inexpensive and effective treatment for hands and other areas of skin. The packaging tube is easy to use and looks nice and simple. This cream is quite easy to find and is available in most drug stores and supermarkets.

EASY Manicure!
Nails need hydration and protection, in order to prevent cracking, splitting or brittle nails. Drink Plenty of water daily and make sure your calcium and iron intakes are healthy. Aways use a hand cream to keep the nails strong and healthy. Use a cream that is especially formulated for hands, and choose something without harsh ingredients or strong fragrances (these could irritant the skin) . If you do not have nail or hand cream, substitute tea tree oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, or coconut oil. Take Biotin supplements as it helps your hair and nails. Keep nails at a maintainable length. File nails when needed. Wear rubber gloves when doing housework and cleaning such as dishes or using harsh chemicals/scrubbing bathroom tiles, etc.

The above info is mainly a healthy maintenance of your hands and nails. For the actual manicure, trim any rough or jagged edges of nails, and file as needed. Use any of the above oils or cuticle cream or hand cream such as the Neutrogena Norwegian Cream and massage into hands and cuticles. If desired, paint your nails your favorite color or go simple and classic with a pale pink or clear polish. My favorite brand right now is Essie as they have so many selections for colors. 

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