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Jan 08 2014

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream 7-Day Challenge & Giveaway!

Disclaimer: Press sample. See bottom.

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I recently took the Neutrogena 7-Day Hand Cream Challenge, using the brand’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. And my results really speak for themselves!

This hand cream, which feels more like a nourishing ointment than a typical cream, has been around since 1972. It was originally created in Norway to help Arctic fisherman protect their skin from some of the coldest and harshest weather!

I have used this hand cream in the past – my mom actually discovered it, loved it, and put it in my Christmas stocking a couple years ago. I became an instant fan; so I was confident going into this challenge that it would perform well, and I was not disappointed!

Here’s the ingredients:

neutrogena ingredients

Pretty simple stuff.

So how does it hold up? Here’s my 7-day experience! I used the photos I posted on my Instagram account each day of my challenge!

Day 1

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I started out the challenge with tight, dry skin that was visibly white in places where dryness was more extreme. I wasn’t using anything consistently for it, but I did get a bunch of new hand creams for Christmas. I also received this Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream to try around the same time, and having used it in the past, I was eager to reacquaint my skin with it! Neutrogena posed the 7-day challenge, and I was sold!

Day 2

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After just one day of use, the whiteness on my dry skin wasn’t apparent. I only used the hand cream twice in those two days, and my hands felt fine. My cuticles still suffered, though. I continued to use cuticle oil to nourish the skin around my nails.

Day 3

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On day 3, which was New Year’s Day, I went for a morning run in very chilly temps. I did arm myself with gloves, but I moisturized my hands with this hand cream prior to heading out for my run. I used a little more than normal to help protect them from the elements. The combination of using this cream, and using the gloves, helped my hands stay soft all day, without needing to reapply.

Day 4

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On day 4, my area experienced what was called by weather gurus “Hercules,” a big winter storm affecting 100 million people. Needless to say, it was cold! I used this hand cream just once, and my hands were comfortable through every flake that fell. Admittedly, I didn’t have to shovel. Thank goodness for the husband!

Day 5

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My husband and I ventured out for dinner the day that Hercules ended. Our bitter cold snap was intensifying, so moisturizing my hands became even more important to me. After our meal, while drinking my tea, I whipped out my Neutrogena hand cream, applied, and got ready to go back out into the snow and home. Still noticed the white dry skin around my cuticles. My problem area!

Day 6

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On day 6, temperatures got into the single digits, and felt in the negative. I had to run errands all morning, so at the end of the day, after all my running around was done, and I’d done dishes and cleaned up before and after hosting a get together, I treated my hands to more of this hand cream. At this point, I found that I use it to maintain how my hands feel; I never get to the point where I say, “I NEED something for my dry hands.” They are moisturized, so I use the cream to maintain that balance.

Day 7

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On day 7, I used the hand cream after taking off my two-day-old mani. Prior to removing my mani, I finally noticed that my cuticles were looking better without cuticle oil. Not perfect, but definitely better than you can see in the earlier photo. I expect my cuticles to be stubborn – I’m always swiping acetone or nonacetone over them, painting my nails and taking pictures. It’s been an ongoing battle for years to moisturize them. At least this helps!

I think what makes this product so great is the almost ointment consistency it has. It’s definitely a concentrated formula, and it lasts. It’s meant to eliminate seven signs of damage:

  • Dryness
  • Chapping
  • Cracking
  • Split Nails
  • Dry cuticles
  • Scaliness
  • Roughness

It delivers on all these, to some degree, although I do not have split nails or cracking on my hands, and can not evaluate the effectiveness of this hand cream against those n-ailments (haah, see what I did there?! ha!). I did not experience one nail break during the challenge, although a couple nails are peeling and weak and while the cream can help, my nails are still growing out damage from my wedding nails.

A small amount of this goes a long way. My hands do feel greasy after application, especially if I use too much. Most times I will gently scrunch a tissue up in my hands after application, just enough to get rid of that greasy feeling so I don’t have to worry when I touch things, like my phone screen or steering wheel.

I received the formula that has a new fragrance. It’s perfumey, but not overpowering to me. It’s pleasant. If you are sensitive to scents, I’d recommend trying the fragrance-free versions of the hand cream.

You can get either types for a suggested retail price of $4.99, nationwide at food, drug and mass merchandisers, as well as on Neutrogena.com (linked in first paragraph).

But, you can also get a tube from me and Neutrogena, too!

The brand has kindly allowed me to offer two readers their own tube!!

Two readers will win a tube each!

Here’s the rules for the giveaway at a glance:

  • Must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Open to USA readers/followers only (stay tuned, international readers, I WILL have giveaways you will be eligble for next month, and they are brands you have a hard time getting outside the US, I believe!!!)
  • Speaking of which, you must be a BeautyJudy.com reader/follower (ie, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, email subscriber)
  • Open from Wednesday January 8, Midnight, until Wednesday, January 16 at Midnight – all EST time zone.
  • Once the giveaway closes, I will choose a winner via Rafflecopter, then verify their entries. If the winner falsified any entries, or did not do the mandatory entry, a new winner will be chosen.
  • I will then reach out via email to the winner, and the winner will have 48 hours to reply and accept.
  • If they do not reply, I will choose another winner.
  • Prize will be mailed out by the brand, and I will provide the winner’s address to them.
  • BeautyJudy is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes.
  • Prize is valued at $4.99 each.
  • Finally – follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter link below to enter!

 
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Have you tried this hand cream? What are your thoughts? Is this something you’re interested in trying?!

Disclaimer: I received the Neutrogena Hand Cream for review from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • hofken

    My hands are so chapped

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  • Christy DuBois

    Oh my hands get so dry during the cold winter months that right now the skin on the end of my thumb and index fingers is split open and oh so sore. I use to use the neutrogenia during the winter and had forgotten how much it helped until reading this post.

  • Cathy T

    My biggest winter problem is cracking around my nails, very painful!

  • Nikki

    My biggest concern are my cuticles. I tend to get a lot of hangnails during the winter, so this would be wonderful to put on my hands. Thanks for the giveaway and have a wonderful day!

  • stephanie

    my hands are dry

  • Stephanie Hartman

    My hands crack in the winter and it is so painful.

  • Liz

    My cuticles are the worst! Argh.

  • http://catoluck.tumblr.com/ Cheryl F.

    My biggest winter skincare concern when it comes to my hands is hand eczema.

  • PolishedtoPrecision

    I live in Florida, so there aren’t many cold weather extremes. I always try to maintain moisture in my hands and cuticles.

  • beautygnome

    I’m doing the challenge right now and I love it! :)

  • susitravl

    Dry cuticles – terrible!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    This is one of my favorite hand savers!

  • Lisa W

    I hate having dry, tight-feeling hands all winter. And I get hangnails constantly! This sounds like a nice solution.

  • Anastasia

    I suffer from dry hands, especially during the winter months, so for me rich hand creams are essential. I have tried Norwegian Formula before, and it’s definitely one of the most moisturizing creams out there, since it’s packed with glycerin.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I like your creative documentation of this 7-day challenge. I’m big on hand creams because I have dry hands (blame the OCD handwashing). I must try this hand cream soon.

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    This is the hand cream I always recommend to men. Not greasy, no flowery smell and it works hard!

  • Nidia Doherty

    Winter’s not much of a biggie here in FL, but when the weather changes – and it does in a flash here! – then my hands get dry, quickly. I need something that works fast and isn’t greasy.

  • marciaf

    Neutrogena is known for this cream. (I’m going to share this giveaway on Sunday btw).

  • MyNewestAddiction

    I love this hand cream! :) Great stuff!

  • latanya t

    dry, cracked hands

  • Farryn

    I love this hand cream always works so well for me during the cold months!

  • Amber

    This is one of my favorite hand creams. Glycerin is so great for my dry winter skin! I love the “snowy” nails in pic 1! :)

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    This is one of my favorite hand creams

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    sounds nice

  • Ange

    I LOVE this stuff!

  • Taylor

    My hands crack so much during the winter that they bleed and burn! Gahh!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    I always have to deal with cracking skin :/ This hand cream is a long-lost favorite of mine. My mom always used to keep it on her bedside table when I was a kid!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    I get awful hang nails :( I’m always nursing them in winter. I started using this Eucerin stuff that looks like of like this! More balm-y than lotion-y.

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    this is my absolute FAVE drugstore hand cream. Especially in the winter.

  • http://polishinsomniac.blogspot.com jbrobeck

    My husband actually introduced me to this years ago! How funny is THAT! When he saw that I got a tube of it in the mail he practically ripped it out of my hand!

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL! That’s awesome!!!

  • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

    My hands get so dry! & sometimes eczema! Great giveaway!