Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dry Hands: Ideas UPDATED

Mary Corbet tackles the issue of dry, rough hands.

I suffer from split skin on my fingertips in the winter, courtesy of genetics.  (Mom had the same problem.)  If you do as well, I highly recommend Liquid Bandage.  It stings when you put it on a split but it quickly seals the split, protecting you from infection. It is available under various brand names but they all seem to work, except I cannot recommend the spray on version as the nozzle is plugged every time you use it. This is the sort of item I'm recommending for split finger tip skin.

Lots of my friends have similar problems and recommend quite a few brand name lotions to help heal and prevent dry skin on one's hands.  Note that these are not to be applied just before stitching.  You'll want to go with lotions specifically made to be non-greasy for that.  (I use Udderly Smooth.)

In alphabetic order:

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe Healing Ointment
L'Occitane en Provence Creme Mains
Luberiderm Intense Skin Repair Lotion
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula

If you have other products you've tried on your hands that work really well for you, please add them in the Comments or email me at chilly hollow at hot maildotcom and I will add them for you.

Here's to healthy skin!

UPDATE:  Make sure you read the comments below for other great skin care products!  Many thanks, everybody.

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  1. I use Aveda hand cream. The great thing is that it is not greasy. Put it on once in the morning. Wash hands several times a day and my hands still feel soft through the afternoon.

  2. NewSkin is the most excellent answer to this problem! I've been using it since my piano teacher recommended it to me in the '60s. The splits made it hard for me to practice, so she brought out a bottle of this wonderful liquid bandage. I also use a shea-butter hand cream, Nubian Heritage Goat's Milk & Chai, which keeps the splitting to a minimum, and wear gloves when I go outdoors once the temperatures go below 50°F. A two-pronged attack!

  3. Thanks for this post, Jane. I absolutely hate ruining perfectly good silk threads when my fingers and hands are dry and chapped.

  4. I like the Dionis Goats' Milk lotion & hand cream, sold at Cracker Barrel.

  5. I've started using Working Hands. A little bit goes a long way! Your hands feel a little gummy, but if you wash them, they feel really smooth. It's the one thing that has helped my dry hands.