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My coworker and I have been plagued with extremely dry hands to the point that they crack and bleed ever since the temperatures have plummeted! We work with children and wash our hands CONSTANTLY ( at least 8 times in one hour) because they are so germy this time of year. We have been putting vasoline on our hand and putting gloves over them to help lock in moisture but mine are still very dry but hers are still far worse even after the glove! Is there any remedies we could try or products that would help ease the situation?

Wow Castor oil seems like a multipurpose product, I'm literally going to get my hand on some now! And I have shea butter in my cabinet! Thank you so much!!

Dec 17, 2011

Yumi R.

This cream by Eucerin is really great:

I work in restaurants so I wash my hands a LOT too! 

Dec 18, 2011

Sabrina B.

Udderly smooth is a miracle worker, my dad used to do plumbing and hvac and his hands would dry up terribly and thats the one thing that made it better. if it works on a mans hands, it'll work amazing for a womans :) 

Dec 18, 2011

Dani P.

I'm a big fan of Bag Balm. My mom's hands get really dry and cracked in the winter weather like you and your friends where they'll bleed. Instead of doing vaseline and gloves I would try bag balm and gloves. I personally use it for my feet because no matter what lotion I use my feet are really dry in winter. I also use it on my tattoos when they're healing so I don't have to keep lotioning up all day. I've never had an issue with it on a cut area seeing as how that's basically what tattoos are. Its cheap and you can find it just about anywhere, even groceries stores carry it.

Dec 18, 2011

Alyssa R.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. It won't happen overnight but you will see improvement over time. Invest in a great hand lotion with healing properties and you'll definitely see a difference. I used to have REALLY dry hands as well and occasionally do when I forget to moisturize so at least I know it's working when I do. I know Vaseline has a lotion specially formulated for dry hands so check that out. I also use the Nivea hand lotion and carry with me in my bag since it's fairly small. Good luck!

Dec 18, 2011

Jake S.

Try Vichy "Lipidiose" hand's a little bit expensive but it works absolutely AMAZING. I use it in the winter, and it completely heals the cracks in my hand. Another good one is Roc "Endyrial" (I think that's how it's spelt)...a little bit less effective than the Vichy hand cream, but still awesome! Check them out if you have a chance. ;)

Thank you everyone for the tips! I will look into all and see what works! =] 

Dec 19, 2011

Shamink C.

mary kay sells a line just to prevent severly dry hands. its called satin hands set. I highly recommend. comes with softner, scrub and lotion.

I have used Mary Kay Satin Hands and it is awesome. I needed to buy an extra to leave at my job. 

Last week I just cured this problem. At night I put a thick layer of lotion and a pair of gloves. I was not comfortably but worth it cause the craking on the hands is extreamly painful. And avoid hand sanitizers for this period the alcohol makes your skin dry. After you wash your hand try to use a light hand lotion. 

Like Theresa said do the lotion with gloves..You can do the same with your feet. They have this cream by Alba Botanica called- very emollient hand lotion..Heaven..same with Satin Hands by Mary Kay

I would also recommend after showering to apply some type of oil to your skin and allow your skin to absorb it before dressing. It can be olive oil, lavender oil, almond oil, etc so long as it's not mineral oil. 

Dec 22, 2011

Myshel D.

Like Myrna P., I use the Mary Kay Satin Hands products they have made my hands super soft! =) Also at night you can put any moisturizer on then add gloves and go to sleep. Your hands will be soft in the morning.

Dec 22, 2011

Shelley W.

If I stay on top of my dry hands they become cracked and dry as well. I during the day my Rosebud Salve is my best friend and use that at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I even dab on a little olive oil as well. At night I do the shea butter, plus the Rosebud Salve and I wear moisturizing gloves as well. Its been working great so far. 

Dec 26, 2011

Cassandra M.

Raw Shea Butter is amazing for hydrating extremely dry skin. I use it all over my body and it makes my skin feel like silk, and moisturizes even the driest patches. It's a very versatile product and has a ton of other uses as well, it's definitely well worth getting! 

Jena O.

Dec 28, 2011

Jena O.

I agree on the raw shea butter with gloves overnite. you can also use grapeseed oil=)

Thank you everyone for all of your help! I have been using the shea butter with gloves and have noticed the difference! 

Great tips, Beauties! Agree with everything. I also try to keep a moisturizer EVERYWHERE—we're talking office, purse, car, bedroom, and bathroom!

Mine are exactly the same but I just wash my hands a lot because I'm a bit mental. Anyway Eucerin Intensive Hand Cream always does wonders for me. Not glam but does the trick

Thank you everyone for all of your great responses! I have since bought a moisturizer for EVERYWHERE and am seeing improvement! This definitely is a daily routine for me now! 

Dec 31, 2011

Lisa J.

i have the same problem. I went to lush this week and they recommended "tiny hands" it's a solid lotion bar in the shape of a hand. My hands haven't been cracking like they had.

Jan 02, 2012

Katie A.

instead of washing your hands you could carry around EO's hand sanitizer spray. It would be more gentle on your hands than the constant oil stripping sulfate/ite soaps along with warm/hot water.

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