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Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream

My family and I recently spent a few days at a huge indoor waterpark. Waterslides in Ohio in January, pretty nice, isn’t it? The only problem is combining days of swimming in super-chlorinated water, frequent showers, and incredibly dry winter air leads to really flaky, cracking, painful skin. Luckily, I had just received a whole slew of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (seriously, a full-size tube as well as a ton of mini samples) for free in the BzzKit from this BzzAgent campaign. A little goes a long way, so this was a really generous amount of product.

The best about this hand cream (beside the price, which is a totally reasonable $4.99 for around 200 applications) is that it really reverses the damage to your skin in one use. My skin feels so smooth after applying, and it lasts for hours. I used to work in a dental office, and with the constant hand-washing, we always kept an ultra-expensive hand cream around – I wish I had known about this product back then! It works as well, if not better, than other really pricey options. The packaging suggests you can use it on your lips, too. I haven’t tried that yet, but if it heals them like it does my hands, this is definitely going to become a winter staple in my house. It’s available in unscented too, so it won’t clash with your perfume.


Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration

The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is down, so I’ve got no safety data on these products. Therefore, this review will be based solely on my experiences.

As part of this BzzCampaign, I got an awesomely stuffed box full of goodies, all for FREE! Included were full-size containers of: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment MaskCream Cleanser, and Night Cream, as well as tons of small samples of the night cream and Day Lotion with coupons. Whoa! This all retails for almost $50. Winter is coming (eek! I let my Game of Thrones geekiness peek through for a second) and with it comes dry skin, so my face is going to LOVE this.

In a previous BzzCampaign, I tried Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin line, and while I thought it was okay, I wasn’t super impressed. I do still use the lotion from that campaign from time to time, but it doesn’t have a SPF, and I’m really fair skinned, so that’s almost a must for me. The Intense Hydration line doesn’t either (boo!) but it’s got plenty of redeeming characteristics to make up for that!

The first item I tried was the cream cleanser. I LOVE the scent. It’s sort of citrus-y, like sweet grapefruit, and it really wakes you up. My skin felt clean but not tight afterward, and I had no sign of irritation.

I tried the night cream after cleansing soon after. It’s really thick (as you would imagine) and a little goes a long way. It absorbed fairly quickly and didn’t really feel very greasy. The most important thing was that it hydrated my skin really well, and it felt firm and supple the entire next day, but it didn’t clog my pores or cause any breakouts (which is often a problem for me.)

The third night I tried the treatment mask after cleansing. I really slathered it on since the directions say to apply a thick layer. It was a little on the greasy side, as you might expect from something so moisturizing, but after waiting 5 minutes and removing it, my skin felt great. Two days later, I still feel the effects. The mask doesn’t have any color added, so you don’t look like a green-faced weirdo while you use it, and it stays soft while you wear it (no trying to talk without moving your mouth.)

I’m almost 32 years old, and while I don’t think I have problems with fine lines right now (that may be wishful thinking/denial, but I’m sticking to it!), I can see how these products would be super beneficial if you did. My main problem is oily skin, and while more hydration may seem counter-intuitive, sometimes it’s exactly what your skin needs! Your body will produce less oil if your skin doesn’t need it. This line of products is working for me right now, and if those fine lines ever show up (if! IF!!) I think I might have the solution.