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Nivea

Extended Moisture Hand Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 4.59
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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 a tiny amount of antioxidant soybean 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.

In terms of “extended moisture”, this won’t last for 48 hours as claimed—not if you do things like wash your hands, do the dishes, or handle paper, all of which deplete this hand cream’s moisturizing ingredients. As with any hand cream, you’ll need to keep it, well, handy!

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

A rich, indulgent moisturizing cream made especially for rough, dry hands. Infused with Pro-Vitamin B5, it provides up to 48 hours of continuous improvement for soft, smooth skin.

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ceteareth 3, Triceteareth 4 Phosphate, Glyceryl Laurate, Glyceryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben.

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.

Inmid-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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