This Classic Drugstore Hand Cream is Still the Best One Around

Nothing beats Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula.
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Nothing beats Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula.
Neutrogena Hand Cream

Neutrogena's classic Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.

Sometimes in beauty, the fancier the brand, the better the results. 

But not when it comes to hand cream.

Over the years, I've tried so many. The prestige ones (think: La Mer, Jo MaloneClé de Peau) are usually quite good, with to-die-for packaging and gorgeous scents. But can I really recommend to you an $80 hand cream? No, no I cannot. 

I've also dabbled with plenty of natural and organic types. Unfortunately, what they gain in safe ingredients is lost when they start to separate a month or two later, leaking liquid out all over your hands (Consonant, I'm looking at you).

These are the reasons why I keep coming back to Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. The box says it was created more than 35 years ago in Norway, which a) practically never happens (how many beauty products are this old?!) and b) means it's designed to protect against basically the same cold, harsh weather that we "enjoy" here in Canada.

Here's what you'll be looking for at the drugstore:

Neutrogena Hand Cream

The outer packaging of Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.

So it's not fancy, but it's crazy cheap (around $5!) and it seriously works. 

If you hate greasy hand creams, then this will be your jam—it's actually a clear gel, not a cream. It spreads easily and absorbs right away, leaving your hands super-soft, but not an oily kind of soft. I've never seen another hand cream like it.

Neutrogena Hand Cream

The gel texture of Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.

It comes in scented and unscented versions; I prefer fragrance-free because it won't clash with anything else I'm wearing. You put it on and you forget about it.

Another reason I love this hand cream is because of the very minimal ingredients list:

Water (eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Sodium Sulfate.

Right? There's, like, nothing in this. 

A tiny drop, like in the photo above, is all you need to coat both hands completely, and they say each tube gives you 200 applications. That's not even 3 cents per wear for what is, in my opinion, the most effective hand cream around. Take that, La Mer!

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