Hand creams. Not my forte.
That’s what I told The Love Jars when I was offered the Yes! Nurse Hand Cream to try. Next to eye creams, hand creams take second prize for products I should use but don’t. Please tell me I’m not alone!
But I’ve been trying to be good to my hands (they show your true age you know!) so I’ve been applying a hand cream nightly just before bed. I do have to say that the Yes! Nurse hand cream is pretty nice as far as hand creams go.
This was developed by a former nurse who wanted to develop something to help nurses look after their hands. As nurses, they would be washing their hands a lot in the hospital and that results in dry hands so the Yes! Nurse hand cream claims to not only address this dryness, but to protect. It is the latter quality that I think makes this hand cream special, especially if you wash your hands a lot.
You see, if you read the instructions, you are supposed to apply this hand cream BEFORE you go about your duties. That’s how it protects your hands. By putting on a layer of protection to prevent the skin on your hands from drying out. Then, it goes on to nourish your hands when you apply it through the day. So if you fall into this category then you may like this hand cream.
The packaging is cute. The cream comes packaged in a cardboard box, with a cute picture on the inside dedicated to the nurses for whom this hand cream was made. The tube itself is similarly sleek, slim and well designed with a flip top cap. It is a 50ml tube but it is so slim, it doesn’t feel that way because it’s so flat. The flip top cap makes dispensing product so much easier, and the slim tube slips into handbags for those of you who tote your hand creams about.
The texture of the cream feels a little thick but it isn’t greasy and it absorbs very easily. This is extremely important for me because I cannot abide hand creams that are sticky or oily. It’s the reason I refused to use any for a long time. There is no or a faint clean scent that doesn’t bug me. It smells almost clinical. Nothing fragrant which makes sense, if it is targeted at nurses who are supposed to use this at work.
If you check out the reviews for Yes! Nurse hand cream, they are glowing. People have said it helps with dry skin on hands, eczema, psoriasis and that it is especially helpful for those who wash their hands a lot. The thing however, is that I don’t belong in any of those categories. I don’t obsessively wash my hands, I don’t have eczema or psoriasis and I don’t carry hand cream in my bag, nor use it in the day. When I had dry skin thanks to some strong detergent I came into contact with, this cream didn’t help me.
The only time I use a hand cream is before bed and and for this sole purpose, I find that the Yes! Nurse hand cream is just ok for me. It’s not a marvel, it’s not a wonder, and my hands don’t feel softer nor look better after nightly use. In fact, I prefer how my hands feel when I use the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment cream (the hand cream that changed my mind about using them) or the Biotherm Age Delaying Hand Cream. For treatment purposes, the way I use a hand cream, I think those work better for me.
In a nutshell
The Yes! Nurse hand cream is an affordably priced hand cream that comes in very cute packaging, in the shape of a postage-paid parcel. The reason is because in the UK where it originates, it is despatched this way and is a subscription service. Locally in Malaysia, it is distributed by thelovejars.com. As a fussy hand cream user, I think this one is good because it isn’t oily, greasy or sticky and absorbs quickly. The tube is also slim and flat and very portable. However, as I don’t use hand cream throughout the day and do not have dry skin on my hands, except for times when I come into contact with strong detergents, I don’t find this one particularly helpful for treating my hands. When I had very dry skin after encountering some detergent, this one didn’t help me either. I can’t say I’m sold on this hand cream but if you like something unfragranced and non greasy and something portable, this is a good option.
Pros: Affordable, Portable, Not greasy oily or sticky, Absorbs quickly, Not fragranced
Cons: Did not help me when I had dry peeling skin on my hands after contact with detergent
Who will like this: Anyone who uses hand cream daily and often, Anyone who washes their hands a lot as this claims to protect hands from repeated washing as well
Yes! Nurse hand cream is supposed to be natural so here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
I’ve been using this one for a month or so now, and as I said, it’s not bad as far as hand creams for regular use goes. I cannot vouch for it’s protective qualities. As I use a hand cream purely for treatment purposes and only once a day, this doesn’t quite cut it for me so I will be going back to my Clarins one after the Biotherm one is finished. My hands just feel (and look) better when I use them :)
Have you tried this hand cream? Do you use hand creams daily or repeatedly in the day?
I don’t. Hand creams are like lipbalms for me. Once a day is enough for me. Never got the hang of it but now I keep a tube by my bedside so I treat my hands before bed.
UPDATE: If you buy this Yes! Nurse hand cream at The Love Jars use the code “heartparisb” to get 20% off your purchase! Until 28 October 2013 only.