Tested on animals:Yes
Given this hand cream's name, you'd think it would be a rich, moisturizing formula idea for chronically dry hands. Although it's not a terrible formula, it isn't terribly exciting, either—and it's not all that intensive.
What you get is a lightweight formula whose standard mix of hydrating agents and emollients does a good job of softening and smoothing hands, provided they aren't too dry. If dry hands are a persistent problem for you, either seasonally or year-round, you'll likely prefer a richer, more emollient hand cream.
Intensive Care Advanced Repair Hand appears to be fragrance free, but it contains the fragrance ingredient cedrol. Although it poses a risk of sensitizing skin, research has shown it can also be helpful for skin (Annals of Dermatology, February 2012). The research didn't indicate how much cedrol is needed to obtain this benefit applied on aging skin (the study looked at fibroblasts isolated from human skin samples rather than intact skin) but still, it's interesting.
That's encouraging, but there are other ingredients that can provide a similar benefit minus the issue fragrance presents, and it hiders Vaseline's claim that this hand cream is good for sensitive skin.
Ultimately, this is an OK hand cream for occasional, mild to moderate dryness, and the price is right. It won't keep skin "healed for three weeks" unless you routinely apply and reapply during that entire time, but it does help prevent moisture loss, like most hand creams can do to various degrees.
One more thing, though: Keep in mind that hands need sun protection during the day, which this hand cream lacks. For this reason, we recommend only applying it at night or, if worn during the day, follow application with a broad spectrum sunscreen.
- Lightweight, non-greasy formula softens and smooths mild to moderately dry hands.
- Not rich enough for stubborn, persistently dry hands.
- Unlikely to keep skin "healed for three weeks" unless you apply this around-the-clock.
- Contains the fragrance ingredient cedrol which isn't the best for sensitive skin.