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

battherat Mon 11-Feb-13 21:13:42

The Clarins one is good. Although not cheap. Ditto l'occitane Shea butter one.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 11-Feb-13 21:15:20

Body shop hemp.
OOr I put a whole load of vaseline on overnight and wear cotton gloves.

tinygreendragon Mon 11-Feb-13 21:16:06

Hemp from The Body Shop. I had terribly dry hands when I worked in a kitchen and was washing up for 8-12 hours a day. Now lovely and soft smile

shrimponastick Mon 11-Feb-13 21:21:35

Another one for Body Shop Hemp.

Also L'occitane shea butter but is a lot more pricey than the Body Shop cream.

Kitchen Garden Marigold and Shea butter. I've never used anything like it. I'm a gardener, I'm 40, and this stuff makes my hands look as though I were five years old.

It's quite strongly scented, but frankly I'd smear cow dung on my hands if it worked this well.

FoofFighter Mon 11-Feb-13 21:23:13

Lush Helping Hands.

YeahBuddy Mon 11-Feb-13 21:25:10

I think the Body Shop one would be about on my budget. Thanks for the suggestions everyone, I'll give it a go smile

nickelbabe Mon 11-Feb-13 21:25:58

I use atrixo (because I'm such an old woman)

but my main hint whatever you use - wear cotton gloves (the kind you get from the chemist) under your normal gloves when you're out, after you've moisturized for at least half an hour and after moisturizing when you're in bed.

moondog Mon 11-Feb-13 21:26:30

I like Neutrogena but recently tried out Soap & Glory Hand Food and tis excellent.
Also Flexitol Heel Balm works wonders on rough hands.

SaigonSaigon Mon 11-Feb-13 21:30:05

I use Atrixo (I blame my Mum) but I like it and it soaks in easily.

But might be tempted to track down some of that Kitchen Garden stuff. Sounds good.

WigglyBraddins Mon 11-Feb-13 21:32:08

My hands are terrible in this weather and this is the only hand cream that sorts them out https://www.lush.co.uk/product/187/Handy-Gurugu-Hand-Cream

rootypig Mon 11-Feb-13 21:38:07

Sali Hughes (beauty guru) has done a couple of columns:




Her recommendations generally good and more in the comments underneath.

Missbopeep Mon 11-Feb-13 21:42:12

Neutrogena unperfumed is what you need. Or Atrixo.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 11-Feb-13 21:48:16

Whatever you do,try to keep your hands dry when you are (working) outdoors in this weather (eg cleaning out animals).

ihearsounds Mon 11-Feb-13 21:48:54

Another one for body shop hemp. I have tried alsorts over the years, including prescription stuff, this is the only stuff that has tackled my hands.

TrampyPants Mon 11-Feb-13 21:51:39

L'occtaine shea butter in whatever scent. God, I love it. Its the best handcream ever.

Pancakeflipper Mon 11-Feb-13 21:56:42

Body shop Hemp < used by a lot of farmers I know whose hands are in cold wet weather most of the day>.

And I also like Clarins Hand and Nail treatment.

zalana Mon 11-Feb-13 22:16:45

Recently bought La Roche Posay hand repair cream in Boots to rescue my hands, in a space of a week my hands have been transformed, got to be the best ever hand cream,recommend without hesitation!

MajesticWhine Mon 11-Feb-13 22:18:31

Another vote for Clarins

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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).

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

I second Aveeno.

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.

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.

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

Kiehls v good

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

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.

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

Shame to waste it BeCool

It's equally as good on dry knees.

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.

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

Another vote for Kiehls!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Zam- Buk for skin split- get in Boots.

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!

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

Body shop Hemp

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