Happy Friday! To round off the working week, I want to talk about a product that has saved my skin during the cold snaps this winter: the Palmer’s Shea Butter Formula with Vitamin E Concentrated Cream. This product is designed as an all-purpose moisturising cream for treating dry patches, but I exclusively use this as a hand cream, so I plan to review it as a hand cream. I don’t see this specific product on Superdrug’s or Boot’s website anymore, so this may be discontinued, but in the case that it might come back, I want to share my experiences.
First off, to address the elephant in the room, Palmer’s claim to be against testing on animals, and a lack of other information outside of their own site doesn’t make it clear if they are or are not cruelty-free other than their own word. So take this as you wish, I plan to wait to see if any future packaging or information comes up suggesting one way or the other, so until then I won’t be buying any more of their products purely out of caution.
With that dealt with, the product itself claims to:
“Moisturize and nourish your skin naturally with Shea Butter. This emollient-enriched formulation penetrates deep into your skin to combat dryness and improve elasticity. Skin feels satiny soft and maintains a smooth, natural glow. The addition of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, provides further moisturizing benefits. Ideal for hands, elbows, knees and feet.”
For the most part, I agree with most of the claims, as they do make my hands feel soft, and improves the elasticity of my skin. The only part I don’t actually agree with is the claim that it gives the skin a “natural glow” as I just found that wasn’t the case for me. It did combat phases of immense dryness on my hands however, when my hands and wrists developed aggressive and painful eczema.
The packaging is simple and conventional: a plastic tube with a cap you open, where you squeeze the product out. The cap is pretty sturdy, as it requires just enough effort to open that it won’t pop open on its own. I’ve knocked my tube off my desk a few times and it’s never burst open so it’s accident-proof from my experience. Squeezing the product out is fairly easy as well, although I suggest applying the cream to your weaker hand first so you don’t find the emollient texture makes squeezing the tube harder because of the initial slick texture it leaves on the hands. It’s a pretty minor thing though, just something I learned along the way.
The tube is slightly larger than my hand, and considering that I have petite hands, it’s a convenient size for traveling, keeping in your bag or sitting inside your desk. Mine sits in a partition in my desk so I can grab for it when I need it, so always within an easy reach. It sits comfortably in my desk and so long as nothing pushes against it, it doesn’t interfere with the height of my drawer while laid down. I included a photo of it sitting in my drawer for reference, and a sneak peek into what else I have on the go right now.
In terms of formulation I prefer hand creams that are on the lightweight side, as my skin tends to be feel uncomfortable when I use heavy formulas. I also don’t like heavier hand creams because they make my hands feel sticky and out of commission until they dry down – which tends to take longer than formulas that are more on the lightweight side. I work from my PC and hate getting my mouse and keyboard grubby, so this is quite a high priority factor for me.
The formula of this hand cream is on the heavier end compared to what I prefer, however it does smooth out over the skin very easily. I find that applying in sections works best for me. I typically split this up between my wrist, underside of my wrist and my knuckles, blending out over the rest of my hands as I go. I find this lets me use less product at a time so that the texture doesn’t feel as heavy compared to when I use one large amount and spread all over my hands. My swatch above is more than I’d use for one hand, so a little does go a long way, which as you likely know, is a policy I can’t get enough of.
I mentioned earlier about my outbreak of eczema, which was mostly developed out of neglect: I was noticing my hands get drier and sore, but figured if I just left my hands alone it would heal on its own. However, because the weather didn’t shift for a while, my hands’ condition got worse and it developed into very painful and uncomfortable patches of eczema that spread initially from my wrists up my hand.
Since using this hand cream regularly, I’ve kept my hands moisturised enough that I haven’t had another outbreak since, and it helped accelerate the healing process. My hands still struggle with phases where my skin looks ‘stretched’ – typically where the skin connected to my wrist meets my hand – but I find this is only noticeable to myself and this hand cream is helping keep it in check.
I typically use this several times throughout the day, applying as and when I notice my skin needs another layer of moisturisation on the skin. I’m pretty close to using this tube entirely, and have been using it for a little over a month. This is being used up faster than I would like, but if you’re looking for a hand cream just for the winter, this is worth a look at as you’ll likely get through two tubes at most, and likely not even that many.
Overall, I ended up liking this hand cream a lot, but I can see myself only liking it for the winter months when the climate here in the UK gets colder and drier. While I have a lot of love for this product, I don’t consider it a miracle product, but it’s good to have and if I knew for certain if Palmer’s was cruelty-free, I’d definitely consider repurchasing it. As I don’t know for certain their cruelty-free status, I won’t be leaving any affiliate links, but if you’re not worried about cruelty-free only products, this is worth a look.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I actually wrote this post up on Wednesday, but because I transfered hosts for my website, it was lost in the transfer, so I’m rewriting this a little later than planned, so apologies for any downtime you experienced. In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.