I suffer with terribly dry hands, they are very unattractive at times; sandpaper feeling to touch, bright red knuckles and the occasional split in the skin. I’m not the best at applying moisturiser anywhere other than my face, but I have been making a conscious effort to apply hand cream. When I do remember to use it, I apply it at night, when I am in bed and about to go to sleep. The main reason for this is that the majority of creams aren’t quickly absorbed, and leave your hands sticky in such a way that you are unable to go about your day after using. Last week my Chemist Direct delivery arrived with La Roche-Posay Barrier Repairing Cream* for damaged hands. My hands were in a particularly bad way, and were actually sore. I applied the cream before bed, and noticed how quickly the formula was absorbed.
The formula is almost like a thick gel, I wouldn’t say it is like a traditional hand ‘cream’. A little bit of product goes a long way, and it is absorbed surprisingly quickly (30% Glycerin is the reason!). The first time I applied it, my hands did sting, but this is something I’m used to when my hands are in this state. By morning, my hands were baby soft. I genuinely couldn’t believe it. Usually it takes several uses of a rich cream for me to notice any sort of difference, but not with the La Roche-Posay Barrier Repairing Cream.
I decided to try this during the day at work. My hands aren’t left sticky, and as aforementioned, the formula is quickly absorbed. One thing I have noticed, is that even after washing my hands with soap, I can still feel the hand cream on my hands, which is down to the 4% Niacinamide in the prodyct, which creates an invisible wash resistant barrier. I am quite able to carry on working with this cream; I can use a keyboard and hold a pen, something which often isn’t the case with other hand creams. The packaging does state that all activities can be immediately resumed, so this product definitely does what it says on the box!
I absolutely love this hand cream, which is now firmly on my desk at work. I know I will definitely re-purchase this product, and would recommend to anyone, you can buy it here. In my eyes it is the ultimate hand cream – well done La Roche-Posay!!