You know I’m out in the elements more than most people, year round. And nothing is harder on your hands than the bitter cold in the northern hemisphere. Then add to that the drying heat indoors. You’re talking hands so dry that they’re white and scaley. At their worst, the skin gets so dry it will crack open and bleed. Every time you put your hands in water, it stings. You’re constantly hitting the spots on your hands that are already cracked open – because those are the spots that get the most abuse.
So as you might imagine, I have tried hundreds of things to help heal my hands. Nivea, Mary Kay, Avon, Jergens, and more. Nothing worked any better than just using my regular body lotion, and making sure to put lotion on every time my hands have been in water. None of the special hand creams or salves have worked. Neosporin overnight did help some, but nothing remarkable.
At Christmas, my sister gave me a little gift bag full of Burts Bees samples. I wasn’t terribly excited. I had already tried most of the line, and haven’t been very impressed. I threw the hand salves in the nightstand drawer, with the others. But I left the purple tube out. I started using it at night. It’s one of my rituals. The last thing I do before turning out the lights is put lotion on my hands.
I just did it without thinking much about it. My neighbor was complaining about her hands cracking and bleeding, and I noticed that my hands had not been as bad this year. In fact, they were pretty good. But I still didn’t make the connection until the tube ran out.
Within a couple of weeks, my hand were cracked, bleeding, and sore. At first I attributed it to the change in hand soap. I’ve been on a mission use up all the tubes and bottles of stuff we had collected. We had Dial Anti-Bacterial soap in the cabinet. That stuff is terribly drying, and I guess I’ll just be pitching it. When I stopped using that, my hands improved soem, but they still weren’t good.
I happened to be at the drug store last night (to buy chocolate – I still don’t need drugs) and saw the purple tube. I almost choked on the price. $12.99 for a 3 oz. tube. You know how cheap I am.. but I bought it.
One night and my hands are already almost healed. This stuff is amazing.
It’s Burt’s shea butter hand repair creme. Great stuff.
I have an issue with dry hands too, though not this big. I’ve tried some new soaps lately (3-4), I wrote about one of them on my blog (http://healthy-tips-for-a-healthy-lifestyle.blogspot.com/2009/02/health-soap-that-can-soothe-your-eczema.html). This one is really good for your skin if you have dry hands. It is a bit pricey though (7-8 dollars) and the package “warns” about cheaper copies (from 2 dollars) but if you buy the this one your skin won’t be as dry.
Another soap I bought a few days ago that I havn’t reviewed yet is a sulfate free liquid soap. It contains tea tree oil and E-vitamin (quite expensive too, 11-13 dollars) and is made to prevent dry skin.
I have stopped buying my soaps at the supermarket. I suggest you to go to a health store and buy yours there (it wasn’t up until recently I did this myself!). Even though most of them are expensive, they are much better for your skin and usually doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
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Thanks for the great input!
I also use Bert’s Bees, but I use the Totally Therapeutic Honey & Bilberry Foot Creme on my feet, then I put some more on my hands and don the cheapie white cotton gloves used by photography studios. Seems to be working for both hands and feet, though I also cringe at the price. I decided that being able to use my hands without crying is worth something, plus healed hands don’t pick up germs as easily as cracked ones. I work with special ed kids and I know my germ exposure ratio is pretty high.
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