12.16.2014
4
2986
Neutrogena
Fast Absorbing Hand Cream Norwegian Formula Complete Comfort
Rating
3 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Hand Creams/Lotions
Last Updated:12.16.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This silky, lightweight hand cream makes good on its claims of transforming dry hands into comfortably smooth, very soft hands. It works quickly to banish dryness without a greasy or thick feel, and its silicone content helps seal moisture in and holds up well to hand-washing. Compared with most hand creams, this contains a good mix of emollients, antioxidants, and water-binding agents. It is definitely Neutrogena's most elegant hand crea, and the fragrance is subtle. Consider this a winner unless you have exceedingly dry hands. If that's the case, you can't go wrong with Paula's Choice Beautiful Body Butter.

Claims

This lightweight formula was developed with dermatologists and works in three ways: Moisturizes and nourishes skin to transform uncomfortably dry, hands into soft, smooth hands; Helps repair skin's moisture barrier to keep hands softer and smoother, longer; Instantly absorbs into skin and leaves behind only the comfort of perfectly soft, supple, smooth hands.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth 20, Steareth 20, Cetearyl Glucoside, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Neutrogena At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several recommended cleansers; retinol options, in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; several fragrance-free options; many of the Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; some praiseworthy makeup items.

Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; irritating bar soaps; lackluster to downright bad toners; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; mostly disappointing concealers; the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection.

Johnson & Johnson–owned Neutrogena has been around for over 50 years, and they've come a long way since they launched their first transparent, bronze, detergent-based bar soap (it also contains tallow). The bars are still sold, and while we still don't recommend them (they are too drying for all skin types), the good news is that Neutrogena has come a very long way from where they started. In fact, several of their products represent truly state-of-the-art options.

Strolling the skin-care aisles of any drugstore or mass-market store reveals that Neutrogena vies for shelf space and prominence with only one other brand, Procter & Gamble's Olay. For the most part, both companies offer a similar assortment of products, with Olay being slightly more focused on anti-aging products and Neutrogena going for broader appeal, offering a nearly equal amount of antiwrinkle and anti-acne products. Regrettably the latter category presents few viable options.

Where Neutrogena really excels (and has for years) is with water-soluble cleansers, AHAs, retinol, and sunscreen products. Their Healthy Skin lineup offers some beautifully formulated moisturizers with glycolic acid, and the sunscreens offer something for everyone, including some ingenious options for those with oily skin (or anyone who finds the texture of high-SPF products as unappealing as slathering your skin with Crisco).

A recent self-proclaimed advance in sun protection came with Neutrogena's Helioplex complex. It is not the superior breakthrough Neutrogena makes it out to be. It's a good system to keep avobenzone stable for longer, but Helioplex isn't the only way to get the most out of this important UVA sunscreen. If it were, why didn't Neutrogena scrap all of their other sunscreens that don't use Helioplex technology? And why do they still offer a handful of SPF-rated products that leave skin vulnerable to UVA damage? Although they offer a proportionately greater number of sunscreens that provide excellent UVA protection, it's hard to unequivocally deem them a sun-care leader when they still sell inadequate sunscreens.

It's common to see commercials and magazine ads for Neutrogena's plethora of products designed to combat breakouts and blackheads. It's nothing short of amazing that, after all these years, the majority of these products, while well intentioned, still don't get it right. Far too many of them contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol, none of which are the least bit helpful for someone struggling with breakouts. If your dermatologist recommends these products for acne without reservation, definitely consider a second opinion! Even Neutrogena's on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide product contains some potentially problematic thickening agents. Despite this, if you choose carefully, there are some great products (including a BHA lotion) that can make a positive difference.

What's most frustrating and, frankly, surprising, is that Neutrogena's enormous assortment of products represents both the best and the worst the cosmetics industry has to offer. Given their worldwide distribution and research capabilities, they really should be offering a consistent range of effective, irritant-free products to address a variety of skin types and conditions. As things stand now, healthy, protected skin is only assured if you know which Neutrogena products to look for and which ones to never put in your shopping cart.

For more information about Neutrogena, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (800) 582-4048 or visit www.neutrogena.com.

Neutrogena Makeup

Neutrogena's "beautiful and beneficial" pronouncement is a great tag line, but most of their makeup doesn't live up to that assertion. This line was lacking in several key areas when it first hit store shelves in 1999, and although some things have improved, the number of problematic products is a bit startling. (I'm not aware of any cosmetic line that uses menthol or its derivatives as often as Neutrogena.) Each product carries on about the vitamins it contains, yet compared to the leading roles played by cosmetic staples like silicones and thickening agents, the vitamins have mere cameo roles, and as such have little to no impact.

There are a few key items to seek out, especially if you're looking for makeup with excellent sun protection. We also found their lip gloss to be one of the best at any price, and a few of their foundations successfully bridge the gap between skin care and makeup.

The most frustrating aspect of this line is that almost all of it is packaged so you cannot see the color. Even worse, the color swatch on the box is a poor representation, not only of how the color looks in the compact, but also how it looks on your skin. What would truly be beneficial is for Neutrogena to offer more revealing packaging or provide testers or offer trial sizes. Their overall collection and in-store displays aren't nearly as tempting as most other drugstore makeup lines, so in most cases they're relying on their constant magazine and television ads to drive shoppers to explore the world of Neutrogena makeup, or they're relying solely on those who don't mind guessing what color they are really buying. It's obviously working, because despite the problematic elements, this is a line that has survived and is very well distributed.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

Member Comments
Summary of Member Comments
Results
Value
Recommend
WRITE A COMMENT
Sort by:
Page:
01.28.2015
Okay

If you have seriously dry hands this is only mildly effective at softening and helping with cracks in the skin. To be honest the regular Norwegian Formula Hand Cream gives me better relief from dry hands. If your hands are only somewhat dry this product is worth trying as it is cheap and isn't obnoxiously fragranced.

Results
Recommend
Value
Reviewed by
Y L
11.21.2014
My favorite hand cream

Can"t go wrong with this product. It is thick but it soaks in quickly and completely. There is no greasy feel at all just relief from dryness and soft skin.

Recommend
Results
Value
Reviewed by
Muirne' T.
09.22.2014
favorite hand cream!

I can totally recommend this elegant hand cream, for a little more the $ 6 at the drugstore it's a great value. I have dry hands, wash my hands numerous times during the day and this cream make my hands look younger, firmer, very hydrated and lasts all day until I cream my hands again at night after the dishes. Not sticky, greasy or oily at all, use more or less of the cream depending on the dryness of your hands.

Recommend
Results
Value
Reviewed by
Susanne T.
10.06.2013
Absolutely love this hand cream!

Used a full tube of this hand cream and absolutely love it! I am ordering 4 more tubes, it is a fantastic product. The texture is just what I was seeking for my dry sensitive hands, it is moisturizing, emollient and easy to blend/rub. My hands feel silky and not too greasy afterwards. Widely and readily available at discounted price, the value can't be beat. Now only if Neutrogena will come out with a version of this product with a sunscreen I will be all set!!!

Recommend
Results
Value
Reviewed by
Cath P
WRITE A COMMENT
Enter a title for your review
 
First Name, Last Initial
Optional
Email Address
 
How would you rate this product on the following:
Results
Value
Recommend
     
     
     
Review
500 characters left
 
SUBMIT
CANCEL

Terms of Use

585630-IIS2 v1.0.0.376 3/3/2015 10:18:10 PM