12.31.2014
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Therapeutic Hand Cream
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3 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Hand Creams/Lotions
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free hand cream has a silky, lightweight texture that isn't emollient enough to make very dry hands feel better, but the tradeoff is that hands won't feel greasy or slick either. Although this isn't the hand cream to use if you have uncomfortably dry skin, it's a good day-to-day option, although the lack of sunscreen means it should be used only at night.

Therapeutic Hand Cream goes beyond standard hand creams by including the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide and a range of skin-repairing ingredients, although these aren't quite as prominent in this formula as they are in other CeraVe products. Still, their inclusion is welcome and the fact that this hand cream doesn't contain fragrance is another plus that makes it worth considering.

Note: CeraVe claims this is water-resistant, and given its silicone content, it can be up to a point. As with any moisturizer, regardless of the formula, when you wash your hands you will need to reapply or your hands will become dry again.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Lightweight yet hydrating.
  • Doesn't feel slick or greasy.
  • Contains a good mix of skin-repairing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Lack of sunscreen makes this ill-suited for daytime use.
  • Lacks antioxidants to help skin repair sun damage.
Claims

Helps repair, restore, and protect skin from harmful irritants. Non-irritating, water resistant and fragrance free. CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is a vital part of a daily skin care routine to moisturize and protect your hands from harmful irritants and allergens, so they look and feel soft and healthy.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Dimethicone (1% w/w). Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone and Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate and Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone and Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

Brand Overview

CeraVe At-A-Glance

Strengths: Affordable, gentle, and fragrance-free; some excellent moisturizers and facial cleansers; a well-formulated eye cream; products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; remarkably gentle baby care; good (but small) assortment of anti-aging products.

Weaknesses: SPF products would do better with the inclusion of antioxidants and more elegant textures; the Renewing SA products aren't as adept at treating keratosis pilaris as they could be.

This small-ish (but expanding( collection of skin-care products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!

CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.

The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin. An interesting element for this product is the inclusion of phytosphingosine. It is an ingredient that research shows is effective in regulating damaged or diseased epithelial cells. It seems this ingredient can be a cell-communicating ingredient, albeit one that is best for compromised skin. However, given CeraVe is positioned for those struggling with psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, that's a great addition. (Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2003, pages 1135–1137).

It is for these reasons that all the CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, baby care,broad spectrum sun protection (though many of the SPF products don't feel or look so great on skin), and baby care.

For more information about CeraVe, call 866-819-9007 or visit www.cerave.com.

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