DISCLOSURE – THIS ITEM WAS GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVIEWER’S OWN.
Reviewed by Helen O
If you’re anything like me, this time of year plays havoc with my skin. As the weather gets colder, my hands get more chapped, dry and sore and generally my skin resembles scales rather than anything else! Combined with the cold weather and seemingly never-ending hand washing, my skin starts sending out an SOS, so I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to review Nursem’s The Care Kit- hand + body, which not only contains a hand cream, but lots of other lovely products designed to give my skin a bit of love back.
I wanted to learn a little more about the Nursem company and was interested to discover that the Nursem skincare brand had featured on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den TV show, receiving an offer from all five ‘Dragons’, so I was even more excited for The Care Kit to arrive; what an endorsement!
Developed by a paediatric intensive care nurse over a period of 7 years, specifically for the nursing community, but also for anyone with sensitive skin (including eczema, psoriasis and such like). These products are developed to cruelty free standards, and with minimising the impact on the environment in mind. Using high quality, natural, ingredients (including Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal and Pro-Vitamin B5). What’s not to love?!
I was staggered to learn that on average a nurse washes their hands 55 times per day! With 87% of nurses suffering from painful skin conditions over their career, due to the extensive hand washing they have to undertake and a whopping £9 million spent on covering sickness absence caused by contact dermatitis. There was definitely a need to develop these products.
The Nursem ‘The Care Kit- hand + body’ arrived in a branded cardboard box, so I knew what was inside (so just a warning, if you’re looking to buy a surprise treat for a loved one this Christmas). Inside the outer box, I found an attractively boxed set of goodies, which looked like a premium, quality product. The sleeve on the box told me exactly what was inside, which is great. On opening the kit, I found four lovely full-sized products, wrapped in tissue paper. What I really liked about the packaging, was that it was completely different to so many of the skin-care products out there, so it stands out. I particularly liked the use of the pale blue and red design. Also, the box is perfect to reuse, as it’s sturdy and magnetised.
The Care Kit- hand + body contained the following products:
Caring Hand Cream (75ml)
Caring Skin Fix (50ml)
Ultra Caring Body Balm (45ml)
Caring Body Wash (75ml)
The first product I tried was the Caring Hand Cream. So often I find hand creams a bit runny and not up to the job, but this one had a really good consistency. It was quick to absorb into my skin and felt almost as if it gave my hands a protective coating. I wasn’t so keen on the fragrance initially, but after a few applications, I started to get used to it. I really liked the fact that the tube was rectangular, which sets it apart from the vast majority of hand creams.
I was really impressed with the Caring Body Wash too, it lathered really well and had a subtle fragrance of lemongrass, which was very pleasant. After showering, my skin felt soft, soothed and moisturised. The Body wash is soap-free and is therefore suitable for sensitive skin. I was only disappointed that the tube was quite small, compared to the size of body wash I’m used to, so perhaps won’t last as long as some of the other products that I’d like to use it in conjunction with.
I used the Ultra Caring Body Balm on my shin area, where I often find that my jeans rub against my socks and ankle boots and get very dry. It worked a treat and certainly stopped my skin from being dry, flaky and itchy in this area. It was a thick moisturising balm, which was, again, quickly absorbed into my skin. This balm is Consultant Dermatologist Approved for use on not only sensitive skin, but eczema prone skin too and is designed to be used daily.
The Caring Skin Fix is designed to target areas of persistently dry and sore skin, to be applied overnight to give these areas a bit of TLC. It’s fragrance-free and a relatively thick consistency (a bit thicker than the hand cream), to be worked into these areas, giving an intensive treatment. I used this product on my heels, which tend to be a bit cracked and they started to feel much better after a few days use.
What I really liked about the Nursem brand is the ‘Nursem Promise’ that for every product that’s purchased, they give a month’s supply of free Nursem hand cream to a nurse or midwife, which is such a lovely thing for them to do. At the time of my review, they had given over 625,000 ‘promises’ with a target of gifting one product to every nurse and midwife in the UK by 2025.
The RRP of Nursem The Care Kit – hand + body is £47, but the pack is currently on sale with 20% off at £37.50. I think the sale price is pretty reasonable for the products you’re getting and in line with other comparable skin-care gift sets. The Care Kit would make an ideal Christmas gift for a loved one, particularly if they are prone to sensitive skin or if they work in an occupation where they are constantly washing their hands. I think it would be really well received and personally I would be very happy to receive this gift set this Christmas (or any time!) I would absolutely recommend this product to others.
If you sign up to the Nursem newsletter on their website, you can get 20% off of your first order. Delivery costs either £2 or £4 depending on the size of the package, with free delivery for orders over £35.
I’d urge any beauty lovers with sensitive skin to take a look at the full range on offer on the Nursem website at https://www.nursem.co.uk/collections/fullrange
RRP: £47, currently on sale at £37.50
Buy this set and others at https://www.nursem.co.uk/collections/gift-sets