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Nivea
Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream
Rating
3.5 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Hand Creams/Lotions
Last Updated:12.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is a good, but basic, hand cream for dry skin. It contains a mix of emollients and glycerin plus smaller amounts of skin-conditioning ingredients and antioxidant macadamia nut oil. For the money, this isn’t all that disappointing, especially if you’re considering this for bedtime use (without sunscreen it shouldn’t be applied if hands will be exposed to daylight). The fragranced formula isn’t among the best hand creams you can buy, but those on a budget or simply struggling with occasional (perhaps weather-related) dry hands will likely be pleased.

Claims

Smooth indulgence hand cream helps repair dry hands for touchably smoother, softer skin. This unique formula is an intense, yet fast-absorbing hand cream that provides long-lasting moisturization.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Panthenol, Macadamia Ternifolia (Nut) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben.

Brand Overview

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses: Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

In mid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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