07.15.2015
504
Hand Repair Cream
2 fl. oz. for $17.99
Expert Rating
Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:07.15.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Skinfix's Hand Repair Cream is a product with a straightforward name and straightforward claims: The brand says this cream can heal even the driest hands (including those with eczema) by helping repair skin's barrier. The good news is that, thanks to a formula loaded with beneficial ingredients, it can do exactly that, which is why it earns our highest, four-star rating!

This cream comes in a squeeze tube with a flip-top cap that makes for easy application. Even though it's definitely on the thicker side, Hand Repair Cream is easy to smooth across hands and absorbs quickly into skin. If you're doing work that requires your hands (say typing on a keyboard), you should definitely wait a minute or two to let it fully sink in, but once it does it dries to a non-greasy finish.

As far as the formula goes, it's great from start to finish. Front and center, and listed as active on the ingredient list, is colloidal oatmeal. Oatmeal is a proven anti-irritant that can soothe the redness and itchiness that can be a hallmark of dry hands. Helping out are additional anti-irritants like allantoin, aloe, and chamomile.

When it comes to relieving dryness, Hand Repair Cream boasts an array of emollients that will help restore moisture, including powerhouses like shea butter, glycerin, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil. There are even a few antioxidants in the mix (like calendula extract) to help give skin a free radical-fighting boost. Perhaps best of all is that this lacks the fragrance that is included in many hand creams available on the market.

In fact, if there is one small drawback, it is that this Hand Repair Cream could be considered on the pricey side if you are using it frequently on a daily basis. Otherwise, this is an excellent option, full of beneficial ingredients, that we definitely recommend!

Note: This does contact a small amount of rosemary leaf extract. Rosemary oil is a skin irritant, however rosemary leaf extract poses only a small chance of causing irritation, especially in the amount included in this product.

Pros:
  • Contains a host of anti-irritants, including colloidal oatmeal.
  • Contains a good mix of beneficial emollients to heal skin's barrier.
  • Includes antioxidants for a free radical-fighting boost.
Cons:
  • A bit on the pricey side if you use this on a frequent basis throughout the day.
Community Reviews
Claims
Skinfix Hand Repair Cream™ delivers healing benefits above and beyond the average hand cream to soothe the most challenging skin conditions. This specially formulated medicinal hand cream contains 1% colloidal oatmeal to target eczema, dermatitis and extreme dryness. Dryness is relieved on the very first application. Skinfix Hand Repair Cream™ calms redness, relieves itching, and rebuilds the skin barrier with a blend of healing botanicals, rich natural butters and emollient oils. This highly effective, natural formula is free of steroids, fragrance, and soy. Frequent hand washers are top of mind for Skinfix®. Our super-rich formula seals in protection that lasts from wash to wash.
Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal 1%. Other: Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl–Caprylate/Caprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-2-Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Water (Aqua), Xanthan Gum.
Brand Overview

Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, it’s people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.

The brand’s site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didn’t come into being until 2006, when Dixon’s great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.

For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.

In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They aren’t in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.

Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.

Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.

For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.

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Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, it’s people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin that’s prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.

The brand’s site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didn’t come into being until 2006, when Dixon’s great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.

For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.

In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They aren’t in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.

Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.

Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.

For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.