Happy Monday, today I want to talk about the Superdrug Hand & Nail Cream, which I’ve been using for the past week. As the brand name suggests, this is exclusively sold in Superdrug stores, and retails for £1.49. It’s an extremely affordable product, with 150ml of product.
I was looking for Superdrug’s Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream at the time I bought this, but couldn’t find the display to pick it up. So I was browsing for an alternative and this is what I picked up.
First and foremost, the packaging is definitely not what I consider travel-friendly as it’s quite tall and bulky compared to other hand creams I’ve used. It’s a bit awkward for fitting in my desk as well, so this sat on my desk the majority of the time instead.
It’s otherwise fairly conventional: as it is a tube you squeeze the product out of, with a small hole for the cream to dispense from. The tube is packed full so it’s easy to dispense too much initially. This isn’t really a complaint, as I prefer brands to be more generous with the amount of product they put in their packaging. However, it is something to bear in mind as it did catch me by surprise.
In terms of claims, the back of the tube includes the following:
“This Superdrug Hand & Nail Cream, enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Sweet Almond Oil, is specially formulated to nourish and moisturise hands, whilst helping to strengthen nails and smooth cuticles. Used regularly, it will help protect nails from splitting, flaking and breaking. The non-greasy formula is quickly absorbed, leaving hands feeling soft and supple.”
So the claims aren’t anything outlandish, but manageable expectations and what I’ve been using to measure my experience over the last week. For me, I’m looking for a hand cream that’s nourishing and moisturising for my eczema-prone skin. My hands aren’t super dry or flaky, but it can build up over a few days or a week of neglect. My nails are also fairly strong and rigid, but they are prone to splitting into hang-nails which I regularly trim. My cuticles are fairly smooth, although clumsiness can cause them to tear.
With this in mind, I didn’t pick this up with nail or cuticle care in mind. I’m very low maintenance with my nails: I don’t paint them anymore, and don’t go out of my way to maintain a certain length or shape. I basically just keep my nails sensibly maintained so they don’t interfere with daily tasks. So I haven’t paid a lot of attention to how this treats my nails and cuticles.
As far as the formula goes, it’s a very lightweight, watery-cream formulation. This swatch is a lot larger than I had planned, because the tube is so full and it almost ‘leaks’ out until you create space in the tube.
It’s very simple and easy to smooth over the skin, and you only need about half the amount photographed above for each hand. I wouldn’t call the formula ‘greasy’ but it does take a minute or two for it to fully absorb, so if you work from a PC like I do, this isn’t something you can immediately go back to work after applying this.
After a week of using this product, this isn’t quite nourishing enough for my skin. My skin isn’t dry or lacking from using this hand cream, but I do feel my skin craves a bit more moisture than what this hand cream offers.
If you’re someone who only needs consistent maintenance and not looking to combat dryness, then this is a good product for that. At £1.49, there is minimised risk if you try it out too, and chances are, you know someone who will like it even if it turns out you don’t get along with it.
I think if I had started using this at the start of summer, I would have had a much better experience. But autumn is (thankfully) transitioning in now, and my hands need that extra TLC. My hands really seem to develop eczema the most frequently when the weather is colder and the air is drier, so this hand cream isn’t quite meeting my needs.
So I’ve gone and replaced this with the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream, which I’ve reviewed before and love dearly. It’s more expensive than this hand and nail cream, but for me that’s worth the money because it meets my skin’s needs. My plan is to pass this along to my mum, who might like this, or maybe my family will work away at this tube over time.
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