Hands On

December 16, 2011

My hands are in such a sad state right now, all chapped and begging for attention. Between the increasingly wintry weather, dish washing duties, and holly wreaths, they just can’t catch a break. So I’m on the hunt for the perfect moisturizer; not too greasy with a scent that makes me smile, and it must work wonders right away!

Do you have any beauty rituals or products that get you through the chilly months with minimal damage? I’m ready to make a list full of your recommendations!

P.S. Did you know that there are cosmetic procedures to help your hands look younger? Like spot removal and collagen injections that remove wrinkles. True story! Tell me: would you ever?

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1 Ashley Blossom December 16, 2011 at 6:19 am

I love Aveeno’s hand moisturizer and a little vaseline on the knuckles at night always works well. :)

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2 Molly G December 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

I use Clinique’s yellow face moisture cream…I get free samples when I buy makeup. Unfortunately my face is too sensitive, but it works wonders for my hands!

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3 Rosaleen December 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

I love L’Occitane hand cream and they have a lavender scented one too. The lavender scent is really subtle and relaxing. http://usa.loccitane.com/FO/Lavender-Hand-Cream-Trio,p955281.htm

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4 ajbc December 16, 2011 at 8:21 am

I agree with L’Occitane, but prefer the plain shea butter. They don’t have an almond option for the hand cream, but for the products that have it, it’s my favorite scent ever. Like the general purpose moisturizer:
http://usa.loccitane.com/FO/Almond-Milk-Concentrate,p29LC200A0.htm

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5 nike December 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

This is totally greasy but you will love the results: wetten your hands. Apply lots of olive oil. Give your hands a nice Massage. Put on cotton gloves. Read a Magazine or do nothing for about 15 minutes. wash your hands as usual.

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6 Kimberley December 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

I suffer from really dry hands most of the time so I’ve tried a ton of different hand creams and nothing works better than Avon’s Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Hand Cream (found here: http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?src_page=product_list.aspx&level1_id=300&level2_id=303&pdept_id=334&dept_id=0&pf_id=38612)

It usually only takes a day or two before my hands are back to be healthy and soft. And the best part is that it is usually very cheap as Avon has it on sale all the time. Sometimes it’s as cheap as $2! I swear I’m not an Avon representative, just someone who struggles with dry hands and feet and this works!

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7 Ris December 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

This is a technique I developed for winter in Chicago, when the bitter cold and unrelenting wind will absolutely strip your hands of all moisture. Get Norwegian Formula (comes in a little white container with a Norwegian flag on the front) and slather it on your hands before you go to bed. Then put on cotton gloves so you don’t get lotion on the sheets. When you wake up it’ll feel like you have new skin.

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8 Kim December 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

I swear by Kiehl’s Unusually-Rich-But-Not-Greasy-At-All Hand Cream. It works wonders!

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9 katrina December 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

My fav quick remedy is coconut oil. It is greasy but soaks in fast and smells wonderful. Soo sorry. Adding some good oils to my diet like flax seeds and other moisture rich nuts like walnuts helps too. xo

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10 Betsy December 16, 2011 at 6:50 am

When I notice mine are especially dry, I rub some Aquaphor into my cuticles and let it soak in for a few minutes, then massage in a big squirt of Curel into my hands.

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11 Tracy Bradford December 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

Rub olive oil (infuse it with your favorite scent if it isn’t irritating to your skin) thoroughly into your skin, especially the backs of your hands, your knuckles, etc. before doing the dishes. It makes a nice barrier between the back of your hand and the soap. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to sink into my palms, and so it stays off of the dishes. I also do this if I’m doing extended yard work in the cooler weather.

I second the idea to put something on at night and then don cotton gloves. No cotton gloves? Old socks work in a pinch. (Put them on after your husband has fallen asleep of course!) Olive oil, Vaseline, or a heavy cream like Eucerin really can do overnight wonders.

Have you spoken to your pharmacist? I always found french pharmacists to be so helpful with things like this. They have a lot of homeopathic remedies that they know well. Maybe there is a french product that will do the trick.

My friend makes a fabulous heel balm that does wonders for my heels if I put it on at bedtime followed by a pair of cotton socks. I think she has an online store at evesoap.com . Look for her heel balm–amazing!

Finally–gloves, gloves gloves! I hate plastic gloves, thus the olive oil for washing up; but gloves anytime the weather turns cool do help tremendously.

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12 Tracy Bradford December 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

Yes, as someone mentions below. Be sure to keep a bottle of good, quality lotion by every sink. Every single time you wash your hands, one of your littles hands, or the dishes, be sure to put on lotion after your hands are dry. Pretend it is just as important as the actual washing of your hands, and it will help replace all of that good moisture that the soap just washed away.

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13 Claudine December 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

There is a brand of lotion called “No Crack Cream” by Restoration Hardware. It comes in several light scents or fragrance-free.

It is fabulous!

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14 Amy December 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

I use a shea butter lotion from Zents. Here is the link to the scent I like http://www.zents.com/lotion_earth.shtml

It makes my skin feel amazing. The smell is subtle and last through the day. I love it! It is eco friendly too!

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15 megan December 16, 2011 at 7:07 am

i agree with the first commenter — l’occitane shea better hand cream is really nice.

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16 Abbe December 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is nice for day use (lovely scent, not greasy), but it’s a little pricey. I also use Burt’s Bees Almond Hand Cream at night with cotton gloves. Very sexy, I know…

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17 r8chel December 16, 2011 at 7:08 am

Gabby, I think this post was written for me! My hands get so dry during the winter that they crack and bleed, and last night was the night when they started getting bad. :( I wish I could try a variety of lotions without having to buy entire bottles or tubes. That gets expensive!

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18 angie December 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

I adore Cucina Fruits & Passion “Zucchini Flower and Truffle” hand lotion. http://www.fruits-passion.com/regenerating-hand-cream-zucchini-flower-truffle-8/
I order it online and it comes in a simple, ceramic pump bottle. I keep it by the kitchen sink and it smells lovely! I’ve been buying it for years :) The handsoap is amazing!

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19 betsy December 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

I get eczema on my wrists and hands in the winter, and also have terribly dry and sensitive skin. I recently tried Weleda’s Skin Food and it has made such an amazing difference!

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20 betsy, too September 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I also think that Skin Food is AMMMazing for dry hands, with 2 kids under 2 .9 I am always washing hands and this stuff saves my hands. Available at Whole Foods or online…

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21 amanda December 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

Olive Oil and Coconut Oil works wonders for me. I also love Alba’s Un-petroleum jelly because I use that on my lips, heels and make up remover as well.

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22 Nicole December 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

I have always had the worse luck with moisturizers. Nothing ever seems to be the perfect fit for me. Too greasy, too smelly, not smelly enough. I need a miracle lotion.
Oh….And I would totally have my hands “fixed!!!” I have had “old” hands since I was 18…I am 36 now, and being a redhead with very fair skin, they seem to age three times as fast as any of my friends. I am always self conscious of them. I have often thought I need to be like Diane Keaton and wear gloves everywhere I go, even when it is not cold. I would have my hands fixed over a tummy tuck…and I have had 6 kids!!

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23 Jourdan December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

My hands were cracking and bleeding one winter and my friend introduced me to this stuff. Within 24 hours, they were soft and smooth again. I think it’s pretty easy to find as well.

http://www.bigelowchemists.com/bigelow-rose-salve-012.html

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24 Kate December 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

I have the same problem, and Cera Ve is my go to. It’s one of the only creams that doesn’t sting when I put it on after my hands are in bad shape. It works wonders. I found out about it from a dermatologist and now recommend it to all my patients! It gets rave reviews.

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25 Summer December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

I do whatever lotion I can get my hands on throughout the day, with vaseline at night every once and awhile.

Also, during the day, I use olive oil as mentioned before. However, I just dab a little (I mean little) blob on my hands run them through, and after a minute or two, wipe down with a paper towel. It’s amazing how not gross it actually is! I work in a restaurant, and it’s a trick I learned there; it’s supposedly very close to the oils your hands naturally make.

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26 J.Allen December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

Bag Balm!!! (http://bagbalm.com/) + L’Occitane shea butter hand cream…it’s the perfect winter combo for my dry Boston hands. :)

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27 aimee @ smilingmama December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

We don’t have a dishwasher so my hands really suffer in the winter, too. One trick I do is to really slather on a thick lotion and then wear those rubber dish washing gloves. Working in the hot water really makes the lotion sink in and by the time I’m done with the dishes and take off the gloves my hands feel great.

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28 Kristin December 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love to slather my hands in Mary Kay’s emollient night cream, put on rubber gloves and dive into a tub of dirty dishes. It’s like a heated moisture treatment for my hands, and helps them survive the winter.

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29 Michelle December 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I’ll second the MKEENC! It is fabulous. And I’m not a Mary Kay user usually. It is great for dry and chapped lips and noses as well as cracked hands. I’m a preemie mom & have been washing my hands incessantly since June & our NICU days. This stuff works :)

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30 Anna December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’m not a rep so I wouldn’t say I’m biased… but I’ve found that the best emergency relief for hands is Mary Kay’s Satin Hands. It’s got 4 or so different products that you use in a certain order, ending with lotion, I think. For regular maintanance, Arbonne is my favorite lotion.

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31 Alea December 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I second the satin hands. I think it’s three steps, but your hands feel fantastic when they’re done. My kids and I do a mini-hand spa sometimes in the winter with it.

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32 Linda December 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

I know, winter hands are horrible. I have two recommendations, both Kiehl’s (you can get them in Paris and USA of course) Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter and (my MIL and Sister swear by this) the Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas – its not greasy! Good luck and do share your favorites!

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33 Leah December 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

I would never… At least I don’t think I would!
My new favorite moisturizer is Coconut Oil. I bought a jar at Trader Joes recently…the lady behind me at the register asked what I plan to cook with it? You should have seen the look on her face when I told her that I actually plan to slather it all over my itchy (8 months pregnant) baby belly! Ha! She wasn’t expecting that. But it works! And I’ve been rubbing it into our hands at night as well. My poor 4 year old has dry, cracked knuckles because they wash their hands so often at preschool and it’s working wonders for that as well…

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34 amy December 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

I swear by Eucerin (in the tub) the stuff is the consistency of crisco and unscented, but it works wonders.
In a pinch, I’ve also used olive oil. but its not a long term solution.
also, wearing gloves while doing dishes will save you a lot of pain and dryness.

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35 Sabrina December 16, 2011 at 8:13 am

I get cracked hands every winter and with diaper changing (thus constant hand-washing) my hands get in a bad state of affairs as well. I have used a few things and it seems to change every year what works. Udder cream (the stuff they use on cows’ udders in the winter to keep them from chapping) has worked well for me in the past, and has worked well on my babies’ ezcema. It doesn’t smell like anything, but you could stir in your favorite essential oils and make it smell they way you like. I also think plain old coconut oil is a great moisturizer and smells great. Finally, this winter, none that arsenal has worked for my cracked fingers so I resorted to straight up lanolin, yes, the kind you use for cracked nipples and it has worked wonders. I sometimes couldn’t fall asleep because the cracks in my hands would throb and the lanolin gave me the relief I needed. Good luck!

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36 Emily December 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

My grandpa always used bag balm. Works great if you can put it on and then wear gloves to bed at night. It’s greasy, but so healing. Plus it comes in a really pretty tin. The packaging is just as important right? http://bagbalm.com/
For every day use, I use Trader Joe’s lavendar hand and body lotion. Not greasy at all, very moisturising, and smells like you just left the spa! :o)

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37 layne December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Nivea Soft Lotion did wonders while I was in Europe (and now in America). Love it, and found it everywhere.

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38 JayEssJay December 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

I was just lamenting the state of my own hands, and decided to finally take some action. I have the Satin Hands collection from Mary Kay (http://www.marykay.com/spabody/bodycare/10032362/10032362/default.aspx), and it is quite the treat. During the winter, I really need to add it to my daily routine!

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39 Tiffany December 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

Coconut Oil. Pure, cold-pressed, all natural. Can’t beat the smell either. Yummy.

I have mixed feelings about cosmetic procedures. I’m kind of an all-natural, take what God gave you type of girl. HOWEVER, it’s in my genetics- I have old looking hands. I’ve had age spots on my hands since I was in my twenties, same with my dad and both grandmothers. I have very old looking hands and sometimes it really bothers me. Other times it’s a mark of a very favorite grandmother- everytime I look at my hands I think of her.

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40 TN December 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

I am having the same problem ask for Dexeryl Creme at your Pharmacy (I am in Paris so they should have it there too). It’s not too greasy and my hands were a lot better for a few days.

TN
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ParisHandmadebyTN

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41 Ale December 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

Just pure lemon juice, if your hands don’t have cracks or little wounds: keep at least till it dries… then rinse. It makes your nails stronger too.
From the shops, I’d say Neutrogena because it dries very quickly and it is fragrance free. Or Weleda, organic (that will cost a bit more). The cheapest option is Nivea!

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42 Kristen E December 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. That stuff was made for Norwegian fishermen, whose hands are always in and out of water. It’s AMAZING! I put it on every night, and occasionally during the day too. Not greasy, and it absorbs pretty quickly. My brother works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department and his hands used to be super-chapped and cracked, but now that he started using this stuff, they’re lovely again and his wife will let him touch her! ;) During the day, I also use some stuff called Lavishea, which is a light shea butter lotion bar intended for knitters and sewers to keep hands moisturized without gunking up the yarn or fabric. Great stuff! :)

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43 Tatiana December 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, unscented. Perfumes in creams generally contain alcohol, which further dries out the skin.

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44 whitneyingram December 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

When you wash dishes, lather on tons of good lotion, like Eurcerin, and then put on rubber gloves. Turn the water to as hot as it will go and then your hands get a “facial” while you do dishes and clean the kitchen. I do this and it saves my hands everyday.

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45 Mother Knows Best December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

When my hands are particularly bad (I work at a hospital), I put a thick lather of heavy hand cream or body butter (almond is my favourite), put on some cotton gloves (mine are from the body shop) and sleep in them. It is kind of greasy, but by the time you wake up its all gone and your hands are beautifully smooth, or at least on the fast track to recovery. Two nights of cotton gloves usually heals the worst rashes/broken skin I bring home from the hospital so it’s a fairly effective measure!

As for the anti aging extremities, I’ve had a session of laser spot removal, because my sister is a beauxty therapist and needed a guinea pig for practise! The results were impressive, but beyond helping my sister I’m not really bothered enough to invest the time/money/fuss/risk.

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46 Molly B December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

Use a lighter moisturizer during the day and a heavier one at night. I love Aveeno. In the winter I use it a couple times a day concentrating on my knuckles where I’m prone to cracking. At night I use either Bagbalm on the backs of my hands with a bit of Aveeno (makes the Bagbalm feel less greasy), or Eucerine, both with gloves so they soak in overnight, they both work well.
I’ve recently been introduced to Coconut Oil, and thus far I am LOVING what it’s doing for all of my skin, not just my hands!
Above all, the best recommendation I have that has completely saved my hands and I would highly recommend to anyone who will listen…wear rubber gloves while doing dishes!!! Man oh man I wish I had known this all along!!

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47 Trista December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

It’s really simple, but my absolute favorite hand lotion is Johnson’s Body Care. It’s cheap and it’s readily available. Not too much sent, but really works on my hands. The skin on my hands always starts to dry out, crack and split once winter hits.

http://www.johnsonsforyou.com/

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48 jamaica December 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

I use the Aveda” hand relief” both for the effectiveness and the lovely scent. I would also recommend staying out of the prickly bushes for a bit! Oh, and drinking lots of water does wonders for dry skin!

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49 Nicole December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

California Baby’s Calendula Cream in a jar. Miraculous!

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50 tawnya December 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

Neutrogena hand cream is the only thing that will cure my Utah wintery cracked hands.

Although, my sister whipped up a batch of cream last week and swears I must try it. Her hands are baby soft after just one use: http://paisleycinnamon.blogspot.com/2011/12/winters-in-utah-are-brutal-on-skin.html

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51 Melissa December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

Lush Sympathy for the Skin.

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52 Rebecca Mudrick December 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

The best thing I ever did for my hands was start using dish gloves … my usually cracked, bleeding and painful winter skin is soft, smooth and healthy. No special heavy duty lotion needed. Try it – you’ll be so glad you did!

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53 Taylor December 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

Ok. I neverrrrr comment on your blog because there are always a million comments :) but this spoke to me. Ha!!

I even scrolled through your comments. I am a firm and true believer that everyone in the world needs to use “Look Ma, New Hands” by Bath and Body Works. I actually feel very passionate about this. Hahaha I’m a hand model and use nothing else ;)

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54 Lisa Long December 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

L’Occitane for sure! They have the best hand cream – it really does work instantly!

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55 Kimberly December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

L’occitane is great, so is kiehls. I also love Burt’s bees lemon cuticle cream. Once in awhile I put in a movie and mix baby oil gel (lavender) with my body lotion, rub it in thickly on my clean hands and feet, then pull on thick cotton socks on all 4 limbs and settle in for the show. Next morning: like new!

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56 Tricia December 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

Burt’s Bees hand lotion with shea butter. They make others, but definitely get the one with shea butter. It has a very mild scent and it has kept my hands from crumbling right off for three winters straight. It’s also a little pricey, but it lasts forever! I really can’t recommend it strongly enough.

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57 Heather December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

A ex-boyfriend turned me onto Glysomed. (It was the only good that came out of that relationship, but totally worth it!!!) Glycerine, chamomile, silicone and a light, non-invasive fragrance turn even my worst cracked, chapped, awful hands back to normal. I keep it by the kitchen sink and wear a bit under rubber gloves while I do dishes. It’s like a trip to oTahiti for my hands. Ahhhh, yeah.

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58 Christy Ghazimoradi December 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

I second (or third or fourth) the Neurtegena Norwegian formula. A little goes a LONG way and I hate lotiony hands, but this doesn’t bug me at all.

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59 Mary J December 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

I love Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, its a bit $, at 19/tube however, it last me a year, so cost per use is quite low. I can’t make it through winter with out it. Eucalyptus is in it, so it has a lovely smell.

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60 Jamie December 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

I swear by The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector!

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61 kellee December 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

Weleda’s skin food is a miracle worker. It is organic so it seems a bit expensive but as it is so thick you don’t need much therefor it will last a long time so it is worth the price. Weleda has been around for a long time and is made in Germany where holistic natural treatments are not a new fad but the norm there. I love it!

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62 nelle December 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

I swear by H2O + hand and nail cream. http://www.beautybrands.com/product/h2o+plus+hand+%26+nail+cream.do?sortby=bestSellers

Not greasy, super absorbent, and it’s essentially unscented which makes me feel fine when I apply it in crowds…I’m not going to knock anybody over with a scent!

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63 Amy Jo December 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

My little one’s skin chaps easily. We’ve found a salve, “Skin Healer Salve,” by Indian Meadow Herbals. At nearly 4, it is one of the few things he will tolerate on his hands–it works in well and stays put without being greasy. It is a combination of healing herbs (St. John’s Wort, Calendula, Comfrey, Plaintain, Echinacea, Purpea, Rosemary), oils (Olive, Coconut, Buckhorn), beeswax (this locks in the oils). I would think you could find something similar.

http://www.imherbal.com/public/index.cfm?fuseaction=prodbrws.detail&productid=69844

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64 Leslie Call December 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

I love Jack Black Hand Healer. I load up every winter to make sure my hands make it through. If I remember to put it on every night, I never have a problem. Good luck!

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65 Fannie December 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

So, I found this stuff at Home Depot once and it works miracles. I’m a Nurse and wash my hands 30 times a day, at least, when I’m working. I put this stuff on in the morning and at nights and after a few days my hands can heal. No more itchiness and cracked and bleeding knuckles.
http://www.amazon.com/OKeeffes-Working-Hands-Creme-Grip/dp/B00121UVU0/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1324061159&sr=1-1

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66 Judit December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I love Aquaphor, but it’s best if you put cotton gloves on at night. I’ve found that if I put lotion on during the day, it makes no difference since I wash my hands a thousand times a day.

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67 noelle December 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

same issue with me. i know use gloves to wash dishes and clean. they look funny but my hands need a break. when things are really bad i use vaseline and sleep with socks on my hands. i know, looking funny but my hands are in bad shape and looking older.

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68 coucoumadame December 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I would suggest the full body lotion from Caudalie. Since it’s a French brand, I’m assuming you can get it at all the Pharmacies there? You can get them at most Pharmacies in Germany, where I got mine. Their full body lotion is one of the most perfect I’ve come across – not greasy and gives instant relief. I even use it on my face sometimes!

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69 Leah Vanessa December 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I live in the desert and my hands suffer so much! I layer coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and lanolin (I use lansinoh for breastfeeding) and put on cotton gloves at night. It’s amazing!

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70 Anna December 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I swear by Kiehls hand salve. It works wonders. My hands crack and bleed in the winter and it works magic. But it is light enough for my oily husband to use.

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71 Kathleen December 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I fifth (eighth? however many-th!) Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Unscented. The one in the little tube (the stuff in the pump bottle is good, too, if they still make it, but the tube is convenient and tidy – the scented version is OK, too, but I have annoyingly sensitive skin). Very emollient but not greasy, so you can actually hold onto things after you put it on your hands. If it’s really bad, put a layer of petroleum jelly (or Aquaphor) over that before bed.

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72 bryssy December 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I make a semi-hard lotion. 2 parts beeswax, 1 part petroleum jelly, 1 part cocoa butter and several drops of essential oils for scent (if you like). Melt together in an old double-boiler and pour into small jar. Let cool. I rub it on my hands, feet, and elbows before bed and it keeps everything super smooth and soft!

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73 Lola December 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

My skin dries out really easily, but it’s such a faff to moisturise during the day – always washing it off or leaving moisturiser-y marks on things – so I’m a big believer in just applying liberally before bed. Seeing as it’s getting chilly, I put on foot cream and then socks and it actually works a treat – I guess the idea would transfer to hand cream and some cotton gloves. Ben Blair might think you’re a little odd, though!

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74 The Wife December 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I second the California Baby Calendula Cream, and also love Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Recovery Cream for cracked skin.

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75 Caroline December 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Fresh Love from Skoah, a local Vancouver BC company. Their skin care products are excellent.
http://www.skoah.com

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76 katy December 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Aveda hand therapy is where it is at!

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77 Erin December 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I live in Minnesota, so the weather can be pretty severe to faces and hands. I discovered a cream called Vanicream. I started using it when the skin on my eyelids started being dry, and that sensitive skin was having a terrible time with anything else I tried. A makeup-artist friend recommended it. Vanicream does not have a scent, but it is wonderful–the thing that works on all those sensitive areas, isn’t heavy or greasy, doesn’t take half an hour to absorb, and isn’t pricey. Here in the States, for some reason, it’s kept behind the pharmacy counter, although no prescription is needed for it. For a large tube that lasts me through the winter, it’s about $7. Really worth grabbing some from Amazon for yourself. I believe it also comes in a larger, pump-style container.

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78 jackie December 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

Gardener’s hand therapy is awesome, and even my OCD mom admits it isn’t greasy. From Crabtree and Evelyn or online.

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79 Torey December 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

Surgeon’s Secret is the best. . a combo of beeswax and lanolin.

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80 Emily {Rue de France} December 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Three words: Rêve. De. Miel.

It’s made by the French cosmetic company, Nuxe. I’ve been addicted to it pretty much since I’ve been living in France. It’s helped me get through several winters in Les Alpes with lovely soft hands!

http://fr.nuxe.com/creme-mains-et-ongles-reve-de-miel-64/reve-de-miel

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81 Chiara December 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I love shea butter, but try a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. It makes wonders. Sometimes I take a bath wirh

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82 Chiara December 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I love shea butter, but try a mixture of olive oil and lemon murice (good for dark spots). It makes wonders. Sometimes I take a bath with tris mixture in the water. The result is Baby skin.

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83 sarah December 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

have you heard of kathy’s family? this company has a lotion that works miracles and it’s not greasy at all. we love it for chapped hands and for diaper rash!

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84 Aylin December 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Aveda is the best..and olive oil !

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85 Rebecca December 18, 2011 at 1:53 am
86 Catherine VanBuskirk December 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

ARBONNE. It is hands down the best! ($19US) Request FREE purse size sample of FC5 hand lotion made from the fresh cells of fruits and veggies:
http://www.catherinevanbuskirk.myarbonne.com/
Pure.Safe. Beneficial. Swiss Formulations.

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87 Z December 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

This wouldn’t work for you right now, because you’re in France (and I’m sure they have lots of great lotions there) but when you’re stateside you should try krugsecologic.com . Granted, I’m biased since it is my friend’s company, but her body butter is amazing. My husband is a rancher whose hands are always painfully dry and cracked in the winter, absolutely nothing worked until I got this stuff. Try it!

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88 lyn December 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

cera ve (can be found at cvs)

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89 Lamchops December 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Nothing fancy here just use Cetaphil Cream/ not the lotion.

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90 angela December 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

I use a few different ones throughout the winter but my favorite inexpensive one if from Weleda, called Skin Food, great name too.

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91 Ann December 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I recommend Weleda Calendula Baby Cream. This is awesome it soaks right in and smells so good! I use the oil on my legs after showering.

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92 Béa December 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Sorry if I’m repeating sthg that has already been mentioned :
I have tried many hand creams but the best I’ve had so far for those days when any paper cuts you and you feel like it’s too late for simple moisturizing cream.
Neutrogena (can be found in French parapharmacies)
http://www.neutrogena.fr/produits/mains-s%C3%A8ches-%C3%A0-tr%C3%A8s-s%C3%A8ches/cr%C3%A8me-mainsbr-concentr%C3%A9e-formulenbspnorvegiennesup%C2%AEsup
hands down!

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93 Stefanie December 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Since you are in France, you should try Avene’s cold cream crème mains which can be purchased at the pharmacy. It is nice and thick but not too greasy and has a very subtle smell. Nivea creme in the tin is the original formula the company has been making for generations and is great for night time (a little too greasy during the day) otherwise pure shea butter (crème de karité) can be found at any health food store in France (and even some supermarkets like monoprix)

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94 Janna December 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I’m another Aveda Hand Relief fan-Used it for years! And…I get it every christmas in my stocking!

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95 Amy Suardi @ Frugal Mama December 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Cerave and/or Ammonium Lactate are the only things that work on my dry winter skin. Both used to be prescription only, now available over the counter, and cheap.

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96 Rosa @ FlutterFlutter December 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Plain old olive oil! It’s the only thing that calms my winter hands. I read that you should only put on your skin what you would put in your mouth, and I like that idea. :)

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97 Karen December 20, 2011 at 12:42 am

I also love the shea butter hand cream from L’occitane. Crabtree and Evelyn’s 60 miracle is just that… a miracle. (It’s a scrub and a lotion combo and smells lovely.)

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98 jessie scanlon December 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

I’ll add another vote for Aveda’s hand relief. I keep one tube in my purse, and a second in the car.

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99 Melane December 21, 2011 at 5:21 am

I sell Delish Naturals Coconut oil line. The Yum Bum Butter works wonders for dry skin! I even use it as a facial moisturizer now and it does not leave a greasy feeling.

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100 Alyssa December 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I’m am OBSESSED with doTERRA’s Body Butter – - it’s all natural and it’s wild orange and cassia essential oil infused!

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101 Dina April 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Olive oil works really well!

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