Well, it's taken a WHILE, but I've finally tried the beauty staple and classic from Neutrogena - Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.
Since I test and use hand creams every day, I have pretty high standard for a hand cream - no matter what the price point. And I have to say that the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is a classic for a reason - it's really good - and available in the drugstore, which makes it even better.
The texture of this cream is much different from most of the hand creams just entering the market today - it's more of a balm - not a gel or cream, with a thicker, petroleum jelly weight and feel to it. It did feel slightly greasy to the touch out of the tube, but once I massaged it on my hands that feeling went away.
While it's not water-resistant, I found that I didn't have to reapply every time I washed my hands. I could get away with about 2-3 washes before I needed it again. It's very concentrated, so I only needed about a dime's worth for both hands and to double back and massage into my cuticles. The cream has a very slight, slightly floral scent which dissipated quickly. There is also Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance Free version).
I was recently in a very dry air climate and this cream immediately soothed and smoothed my skin and protected my nails so well. It took a few minutes for it to feel completely absorbed, so for many of you this is going to be ideal as a night hand cream or just before boarding a long flight to protect against the dry air.
Another great feature is its TSA-friendly 2oz size, so you can have it in your carry on.
Tip: This is a great, budget friendly product to use as part of an at-home manicure. After soaking nails/hands, dab gently with a towel and then apply a thick layer. Let it soak in and then begin applying your nail color. This also works wonders on feet by the way, and can be used the same way for a pedicure, or before going to bed along with a pair of socks, especially to keep feel moisturized in the Winter months.
Pick up a few of these for home, the office, as well as your travel bag. - RLB
Also available in Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Fragrance Free
Go-->;Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Scented, 2 oz