Sunday, December 18, 2005

Anyone have good recommendations for a decent hand lotion?

My right hand is in a bad way. This is the worst time of year for my hands. First off, the heater is on and makes the air rather dry. Then the cold makes my hands chapped. Then add to that household duties like cleaning of kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, cooking and preparing food. Finally add kid duties like cleaning kid's noses and bottoms with the mandatory hand washing involved after said duties. My hands are a mess. I use the Aveeno Intense relief hand cream and Eucerin liberally and often, but my hands are still cracked and hurting. Luckily, I'm not working with yarn that snags easily, but still. Thoughts? Suggestions? The Boy and I went out together for some Mom/Son time at the mall. We had a lot of fun! All the Christmas shopping is over so we just walked around and got in the Christmas mood. The only damper is the miserable weather. No Cal is in the middle of one torrential rainstorm. Driving home necessitated driving through standing water 3 times. Ugh. I'm about to knti the heel flap of the second sock! Yay!! I better get back to it. I've set a goal of finishing the socks by Christmas.


Blogger yahaira said...

I'm not good with lotions as Ive mentioned a few times on my blog, but I've found that Booth's honey and almond hand scrub works wonders. You can get it at Target.

12/18/2005 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger amylovie said...

I use the Blue Sky Alpaca hand lotion. It keeps me supple and smells fantastic. You can get it at


12/18/2005 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I swear by Heal My Heels from It's all natural and a miracle in a tin. I use it on my heels, hands and lips. I probably should buy it by the case.

12/18/2005 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Whenever my eczema flares up, I use Aquaphor (which you can probably get at any local drugstore) or straight-up Vaseline. Kind of greasy and gross, but try dabbing some on at night and go to sleep with your hands in gloves; it works wonders. Take care! :-)

12/18/2005 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

I use Neutrogena's Hand Cream (Norweigan formula). The stuff is really thick so I put it on right before I go to bed. Hope your hands feel better soon!

12/18/2005 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I second the Aquaphor. It is the only thing I have found that really moisturizes and doesn't "wear off" like lotions do. It was recommended to me by two doctors & it really does work. The best thing is to put some one in the morning & again at night. It is kind of gross but if you really work it into your skin it's not so bad. :)

12/18/2005 04:01:00 PM  
Blogger weaselrina said...

I third the aquaphor - great stuff!

12/18/2005 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger Beak-Knits said...

I have had similar problems and I find pure lanolin works well. The stuff is sold as a cream for breastfeeding. It's very sticky...pretty much a wax, but I put it on before I do a bunch of cleaning or at bedtime and it helps protect the skin.

12/18/2005 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. My fingers on my left hand were pretty bad last week and I picked some of this stuff up at Sam's Club and they're good as new now ;o) I remember using this stuff as a kid now that I've found it again. It's funny how some smells bring you right back...sorry, I digress.

12/18/2005 07:05:00 PM  
Anonymous SpiderWomanKnits said...

Neutrogena all the way baby! The hand cream rocks. If you put it on at night it is amazing how soft your hands can be in the morning.

Even after all the kid care, knitting, New England cold, and I work in healthcare so I am always washing my hands this stuff does the job.

12/18/2005 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Siow Chin said...

Oh dear, I know what you mean, my hands are chapping too and I slap lots of handcream too. Have you tried putting a thick layer of vaseline then put on plastic gloves right before you sleep and leave them overnight, sort of a DIY hand mask.

12/19/2005 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I like Triple Lanolin - usually found at cheap drugstores - but has been hard to find lately! The aquaphor sounds good with three recommendations! I'm going to have to try it.

What really seems to be helping lately is this. I usually wear those little stretchy gloves under a pair of mittens - and I put the hand lotion on before I put on the gloves. Then I drive to work or to the park or wherever. It seems to be making a difference because my hands are in better shape than they were a week ago. I like doing it with those little stretchy gloves because they're inexpensive and I don't have to worry about ruining them.

Oh, I also like the Cocoa Butter lotion that you can get at the drugstore - that would work nicely inside the gloves.

12/19/2005 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Anything with shea butter is great for my hands. Currently I'm using Crabtree and Evelyn's Hand Therapy. In the past I've used some Body Shop stuff and something else and they all contained shea butter.

12/19/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger becky said...

Nivea's my lotion of choice; the really thick one!

12/20/2005 04:14:00 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

I love Aveda Hand Relief. I received some as a gift and I love love love it. A little bit goes a long way and it isn't greasy.

12/20/2005 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Sweensie said...

I know this is a late comment, but I had to chip in and say that I use the Hemp handcream from the Body Shop.Its not too greasy, and if you get any sort of excema, then it really works! hemp has used for excema relief in a number of ways, i only discovered this recently even though Ive been using the Hemp handcream from the Body Shop for a few years now.

12/21/2005 09:01:00 AM  

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