Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Soap & Glory's Hand Dream Review: A real dream for your hands?

If there is one thing I really can’t stand, it’s getting dry hands and in winter that’s pretty much a given for me. As soon as the weather starts to get a bit colder, it’s like a cue for me to start sampling new hand creams which just might protect and perfect that little bit more than their predecessors. 

I have always been a big fan of Soap and Glory’s Hand Food and while it is a fantastic light product to use in the summer months, it really just doesn’t cut it for me once it gets chilly. So, when I discovered there was a tougher sister product in the shape of Hand Dream, I snapped it up and after extensive testing am ready to deliver my verdict. 

If you were to look at the two on the shelf, you really wouldn’t notice much of a difference. Both come in the standard Soap and Glory pink tubes and it is only upon closer inspection that you notice that one is a ‘Super Cream’ specifically to banish any dryness. 

‘Hand Dream’ is in fact not a 2-in-1 or even a 3-in-1, but a 5-in-1 fast absorbing dry skin relief cream. Containing AHAs, grapeseed, macadamia and shea butter, it has been formulated to stimulate cell renewal and soften skin – as well as targeting age spots and working to even out skin tone.

I was pleased to find that like Hand Food, Hand Dream had the same incredible scent. It's the same kind of consistency and is absorbed quickly into skin, meaning you are not left with a tonne of excess product to slather on any available bare skin. 

So is it any good? I bought this before Christmas and am just coming to the end of the tube, so I've given it more than a fair trial. While it is moisturising, it leaves my hands smelling great when it comes to dry skin relieving abilities are limited.

The cream worked more as a quick moisture shot, leaving my hands feeling softer after use but with limited long term effects. I found myself having to apply it round the clock and even then, I wasn't hugely impressed with how well it clearer my sore dry knuckles (and obviously, the rest of my hands too).

While I did like it, Hand Dream is not a product I'll be reaching for when my hands have fallen foul to the Baltic conditions. It was slightly more intense than Hand Food, but all in all, I didn't notice as much of a difference as I was expecting.

Hand Dream retails for £7 in Boots and on the Soap and Glory website. I probably would use this again when the weather is a little warmer and I'm not looking for such a targeted product.

Do you have any recommendations for winter hand care products? Drop me a comment below. 


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