Which hand cream would you recommend?

(45 Posts)
YeahBuddy Mon 11-Feb-13 21:07:36

The skin all around my knuckles has gone all red and dry sad can anyone recommend a nice hand cream to make my hands all soft again? My skin is quite sensitive anyway so I need something gentle that isn't going to irritate it further.

TIA smile

ProlificWillyBreeder Fri 15-Feb-13 20:58:35

Body shop Hemp

littlemissnormal Fri 15-Feb-13 20:56:04

I've always used l'occitane or bodyshop but DP just bought home some hand stuff by a company called O'Keefes which he bought in a local builders merchants and its amazing!

armagh Tue 12-Feb-13 22:05:35

Zam- Buk for skin split- get in Boots.

armagh Tue 12-Feb-13 22:04:39

I've used:
Clarins -smells nice and that's it.
Body shop Hemp- smells weird but works ok
La Roche Posay- ok
Lush HandyGurugu- feels lovely on but effect doesn't last
Soap and Glory- ok
L'Occitane- ok, expensive,nothing special
Norwegian formula- horribly greasy but works well
Johnson's 24 hour moisture- greasy initially but sinks in well and it works- hands are lovely and soft
Nivea Soft- ok
Will try the Aveeno next. smile

Blowninonabreeze Tue 12-Feb-13 19:40:15

I use it on my lips too when necessary. And the kids...
Just about anything!

Blowninonabreeze Tue 12-Feb-13 19:39:35

Lasinoh (the nipple stuff) is amazing if you've got any I put it on at night and by the morning, hands are lovely

lizzypuffs Tue 12-Feb-13 19:36:39

I love clarins and L'Occitane. Rarely get split nails but I could just be lucky with that.

FayeKorgasm Tue 12-Feb-13 19:13:50

Another vote for Kiehls!

gobbin Tue 12-Feb-13 19:07:43

Got some Aveeno hand cream today following old recommendations on here and flippin eck it's brill.

Better than Neutrogena hand cream or comfort balm /Nivea soft /anything else I've tried.

Cheap in Boots at the moment too. Going to try it overnight with cotton gloves. The Nivea Soft had been working reasonably well but I've high expectations of the Aveeno after using it during the day. Very long lasting effect on the skin but totally non-greasy.

VerySmallSqueak Tue 12-Feb-13 16:52:09

Shame to waste it BeCool

It's equally as good on dry knees.

BeCool Tue 12-Feb-13 16:46:16

VerySmallSqueak
I have a tube of barely used nipple cream at home (The purple one) I will try applying to gloved nails at night. Cheers for the tip.

babybarrister Tue 12-Feb-13 16:37:18

Kiehls v good

VerySmallSqueak Tue 12-Feb-13 16:10:30

Marathon I use the vaseline and gloves at night for finger splits.
I also cover them with a plaster in the day to cushion them - otherwise I find that as they're healing if you put pressure on them they can split open again like little sausages.

I find nipple stuff is really good too.

carbondated Tue 12-Feb-13 15:56:39

Another vote for Neutrogena Norwegian formula. It's really rich but absorbs very well and makes your skin v silky within a few days.

Annunziata Tue 12-Feb-13 15:25:03

I second Aveeno.

momb Tue 12-Feb-13 15:24:58

Body shop hemp hand protector. I get dry/cracked knuckles when I'm stressed and it clears them up in a day or two.
More luxurious is the Liz Earle Hand kit: comes with a moisturiser and a balm and special cotton gloves to wear overnight. That one works really well too and smells divine (unlike the hemp which smells of old hemp rope).

nickelbabe Tue 12-Feb-13 15:19:08

oh, yes, it definitely works.
i've been doing it for years smile

BeCool Tue 12-Feb-13 14:50:50

I've worn cotton gloves to be with hand cream for 3 nights in a row. IT WORK's!!! My manky nails & ragged cuticles are getting better & better.

Sadly I woke up this am with only one glove! shock Need to have words with DD2 re the other glove (perils of co-sleeping).

The best hand cream I've ever come across is Penhaligons Quercus Hand and Nail cream. It has magical powers. Expensive and hard to source though.

carrie74 Tue 12-Feb-13 14:47:17

Aveeno a good budget option, and L'Occitane for my handbag. Both have shea butter which seems to be the magic ingredient for me. I hated the smell of the Body Shop Hemp one.

MM, I find sometimes I just need to let them heel, and use more cream (and intensively as above: wearing gloves after moisturising). I also use a cuticle cream which seems to help, but it has to be religious: twice a day.

MarathonMama Tue 12-Feb-13 14:27:01

Anyone got any recommendation of how to deal with finger spilts? I've used every hand cream under the sun (including many of the above) but still the little buggers appear on the ends of my fingers and are soooo painful.

bishboschone Tue 12-Feb-13 08:02:34

Body shop hemp . It's fab and on offer online.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 11-Feb-13 23:25:30

It may be worth a trip to the gp's.

I get eczema on my hands and have been prescribed Doublebase which is good to keep in the bathroom and use every time I wash my hands.I found plain aqueous cream made my hands sting even more though for some reason.

Disappearing Mon 11-Feb-13 23:25:09

I'll also vouch for Body Shop Hemp, it's quite smelly though, I use it at night time as its a bit thick and takes ages to absorb. I'm quite sensitive to the slimy hands sensation though, so what bothers me prob wouldn't bother others.

YeahBuddy Mon 11-Feb-13 23:17:42

Oh wow so many suggestions - thanks everyone! My hands feel really tight and horrible I'm willing to try anything right now sad

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula overnight - smear a fair bit on, it's really too rich to put loads on during the day. Then during the day you can use any old lighter hand cream after each hand wash or dish washy

After a few days of that you'll be sorted - promise!

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