This cream does smell good and leaves hand soft by providing a barrier. Packaging is beautiful.
It is a creamy emulsion that is easy to apply on the hands absorbing quickly. No sticky residue. Although it does have an array of excellent actives and emollients, I find it on the light side and feel that it does not provide enough hydration especially after getting in contact with water. It is more adequate during the warmer months than in the cold and dry winter months.
I’m not a fan of overly rich or greasy hand creams, and this one falls midway between light and rich, with an ’emulsion’ like texture. It sinks in fairly rapidly and leaves my hands both plumped-up and moist, but not greasy or oily. It does have that typical La Mer fragrance which is neither too strong nor overpowering. I’ve never noticed any brightening or lightening effects when using this, but as a hand moisturizer it does the job. Bear in mind I don’t have extremely dry hands, or chapped skin and I’m not sure it would be adequate if my hands were.
I rarely purchase luxury hand creams but the formulation, texture, scent and packaging is so elegant that it’s hard to resist. It smooths on beautiful after washing your hands and try to apply it whenever you can. Hands need to be taken care of especially in this day and age.
My hands finally feel healed and moisturized after a long year of sanitizer and extra washing! This hand treatment has a little bit of magic that makes hands feel protected, oh so soft and it has a light clean smell.
Since 2019 ELC has added some natural oils (Macadamia Nut Oil and Sesame Seed Oil) but they are in a miniscule amount and will not make any difference when it comes to providing longer lasting hydration.
The formula is identical to three Estee Lauder Co. brands Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Crème, Estée Lauder New Dimension Smooth + Tone Creme-Glove and Make A Difference™ Rejuvenating Hand Treatment.
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