Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream is a rich-textured but non-greasy hand cream that's suitable for all skin types. As this does not contain sunscreen it's not advised for use during the day (hands do get hammered by UV light, so daytime protection with a product rated SPF 25 or greater is a must), but is best to apply at night. If you want to use it during the day, too, follow with a sunscreen—or you're risking brown spots and other signs of aging you won't want to see (trust us)!
What we love about this hand cream beyond its elegant texture is the utter lack of fragrance and inclusion of several beneficial ingredients such as essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients. Whether applied to hands, cuticles, or, preferably, both, this product should produce pleasing results.
As for the 12-hour hydration claim, that sounds good but how well this cream continues to moisturize depends greatly on what you put your hands through during that time. For example, if you wash your hands a lot, the 12-hour claim likely won't make it past two hours. Same thing if you're out gardening without gloves or routinely submerge your hands in water. As with any hand cream, regardless of hydration claims, regular application and reapplication is required to maintain the results.
Treat hands to 12-hour hydration, soothing comfort. Rich, restorative cream strengthens skin's moisture barrier against environmental stressors. Even boosts skin's ability to retain moisture-so hands look and feel smoother. Conditions cuticles and nails.
Water, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Polysorbate 80, Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol, Squalane, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Aleuritic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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