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Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor 2.7 fl oz

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Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Lily January 15, 2013 7 Comments

Pros

Strengthens nails against peeling and breaking, softens cuticles

Cons

Jar packaging
Really softens hands without constant reapplication throughout the day

Having tried out my fair share of cuticle butters, oils, and hand creams, I no longer have impossibly high expectations for those types of products. It’s only natural that a hand product will not have long-lasting effects – the average person washes his or her hands so often that lotions must be applied constantly in order to keep hands from drying out. However, I recently tested Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor ($36 in the shop), and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a hand cream before.

I’ll start with the basics. Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor is a lightweight, white cream with no discernible scent. It absorbs within 30 seconds and feels surprisingly non-greasy for how smooth and supple my hands were after application.

Here is the most exciting part: it lasts! The Retrospect website suggests applying it two to three times a day, but I only need to apply it in the morning and evening. Even during the winter when my skin gets especially dry, my knuckles have not been sore, dry, or cracked. My hands look and feel better than they ever have.

More importantly, at least to me, is that my nails and cuticles have actually improved over my month’s use of this product. My cuticles are noticeably healthier – they hardly ever crack anymore and I find I trim them less often. My nails also peel and break less and have grown to a length I can be proud of, especially considering how often I paint and repaint them.

Looking at the ingredients, Retrospect highlights Replicine Functional Keratin peptides that claim to “improve nail flexibility, reduce nail splitting and brittleness, while softening and hydrating your hands.”

Overall, I am crowning this my Holy Grail hand and nail product. I have never seen such fantastic long-term results from any other hand or cuticle treatment and will continue to use this for the foreseeable future.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Di-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance

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  • November 24, 2013

    by mc

    (5 out of 5)

    I have been using this daily as I have it on my desk at work. It does make my hands very soft, and I actually have had much the same results as Marta: my "choppy" looking cuticles are no longer, and and yes, it does make my nails look just-buffed, it really does. It hasn't done much for the "crinkly" look creeping over the skin on my hands, (Gee, does anything!?) but I know that it doesn't claim to. I haven't had to trim my cuticles at all while using it, and the ridges on my fingernails that I've had for years are so much less noticeable. I think I will always be buying this product. So much easier than scheduling manicures!

  • March 1, 2013

    by Jan

    I need to order some.....I blame my eating habits on poor nail health, but I've found diet only goes so far for me regarding this issue. I go through hand lotions like their water, so you have me convince I will try this product. Thanks!

  • February 21, 2013

    by Marta

    My cuticles and nails have been problematic lately - its a winter thing - and so I decided to get myself some of this Retrospect hand and nail product. After a week my cuticles are no longer frayed, my hang nails are gone, my nails are smooth and buffed looking. I am really happy with it and continuing with a daily dab. The packaging - the red jar within a transparent cube is fabulous too

  • February 3, 2013

    by Gill

    Hi Dennis,
    No, none of the Retrospect products contain “plain old hydrolyzed keratin”. The hydrolyzed keratin listed on Retrospect Hand & Nail is one of the components of Replicine Functional Keratin which is produced via special processes that maintain the integrity and function of the proteins. The hydrolyzed keratin is processed in a way that protects the cysteine amino acids of the protein, maintaining their functionality. If you are interested in reading some of the science behind this product, there is some more information here http://www.keraplast.com/the-science-behind-replicine and you can also look at some peer reviewed publications that show how effective it is on hands and nails :

    See Cosmetic Effectiveness of Topically Applied Keratin hydrolysed keratin peptides and lipids derived from wool. Skin Research and Technology Vol 14, issue 2, pages 243-248, May 2008 available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18412569 or
    Wool peptides derivatives for Hand Care. Journal of Cosmetic Science Volume 58, pages 99-107, March/April 2007, available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17520151

    If you have any other questions please feel free to contact Keraplast technologies, who are the company behind the technology, at http://www.keraplast.com/contact

  • January 15, 2013

    by Dennis

    So does this contain the same functional keratin as with the other Retrospect products or just the plain old hydrolyzed keratin listed?

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