Hey everyone! Today I'm going to review Gold Bond's Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Cream for you. Chris originally started using this a couple of winters ago because his hands get so dry and chapped from the repeated hand washing he does at work that when combined with the winter weather, they eventually crack open and bleed. (Ouch!)
Even though he swears by it, I've never really used it because my hands don't ever get dry or chapped... until lately.
Maybe I'm just more conscious of it since I've returned to my natural nails, or because now I'm starting to do more polish posts on my blog and am comparing myself to the multitude of amazing polish bloggers on the interwebz (check my blog roll to see some of my faves!).. but my cuticles and the skin around my nails had become so dry and tough! I think it also has something to do with how much acetone I use since I change my polish out every 2-3 days.
Nevertheless, I started looking for something to fix my problem and Chris was quick to toss the bottle of Gold Bond at me. When I pointed out that I was specifically looking for something to repair cuticles, he turned the bottle over and showed me that it's marketed for that too. How could I refuse my thoughtful hubby?
Here's how it's worked for me:
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Cream (try saying that 3x fast!) comes in a variety of sizes from a purse-sized travel tube (1 oz, approx. $1), to a regular size tube (5.5 oz, approx $6-7), and a full-size bottle (14 oz, approx $10).
The cream is hypoallergenic and gentle enough to use on your face, in addition to being specially formulated to help heal "extremely dry, rough and problem skin" and has been clinically tested to provide 24-hour moisturization (their word, not mine). It's supposed to be non-greasy and fast penetrating with a fresh clean scent. It has "7 intensive moisturizers" including:
- Aloe to help heal dry skin.
- Vitamin A to improve elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Vitamin C to promote skin development and collagen formation.
- Vitamin E to enhance protective function of skin and minimize lipid loss.
The back of the tube says it is ideal for use on:
- Problem patches on legs, back or body
I've never been one for thick, greasy hand creams, so I was pleasantly surprised that while the Gold Bond cream IS thick.. it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave an oily, greasy, or sticky residue on my hands.
The scent, to me, is non-existent.. but it doesn't have that awkward "unscented" smell like a lot of unscented lotions, so I guess the "fresh clean scent" really does hold true. It's barely noticeable and totally unobtrusive.
I will also say that I do remember using the cream on my face last winter to control a mild bout of eczema I was trying to combat and it did clear it up without irritating my skin further, so if you do have psoriasis or eczema-prone skin.. or even sensitive skin in general, it is safe to use.
But now.. how does it work for cuticles? We have 2 tubes of the stuff at home: 1 travel size that sits by my nail stuff and a full size tube that's in our bathroom. I've applied it at least 2-4 times a day for the past 2 weeks and I'm pleased to say that my cuticles now look gorgeous, moisturized, and healthy. Also, the dry skin around the tips of my fingers and edges of my nails has completely healed up, leaving behind soft smooth skin.. AND I've noticed a decrease in the number of hangnails I have! (I was having a problem with that as well.)
Not to mention, Chris and several other people have commented on how soft my hands are. So that's always a big plus.
FINAL VERDICT & RATING:
Overall, I absolutely love Gold Bond's Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Cream. It can be used all over your body, helps soothe and moisturize dry skin and is even safe to use when I have eczema flare ups.
The light scent and fast absorbing, non greasy formula are all huge pluses. I also like that the product comes in a variety of sizes. It makes it very convenient to have a tube in your purse or even just stashed conveniently around your house.
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Cream is easily available at drug, grocery and superstores and also online. Since there's not one thing Chris and I can find wrong with it, it gets a rating of 5 out of 5 stars!
RATING 5 out of 5 STARS