Hand moisturiser for very dry hands

(47 Posts)
dolallymum Fri 05-Apr-13 08:25:22

My OH has just started a new job and due to a mixture cold, dust and manual work his hands have gone very dry and flaky.
Can anyone recommend a hand moisturiser?
He's tried Dove's Intense Hand Moisturiser and similar others but they do not work.
Thank you in advance.

GeneHuntsMistress Fri 05-Apr-13 09:19:32

L'occitane do an amazing one, I think it is hemp or something but I'm sure someone else will know it exactly.

aroomofherown Fri 05-Apr-13 09:21:56

I love the Beauty Balm by Neal's Yard. It smells divine and it's really healing. It's a little greasy though, and expensive.

tried the unscented neutrogena tube? Works for my cracked hands (really much too delicate for any sort of work ;) To be frank, in desperation I also applied it to my big, red common-cold wrecked nose, and it helped that too blush

AgathaF Fri 05-Apr-13 09:39:00

This is my current favourite - here.

I've tried all sorts over the years. A lot of the good ones are quite hard to rub in to sore, cracked skin, but the Aveeno cream is really effective and very easy to rub in. He could try putting a really good layer of cream on his hands overnight and sleeping in (pref thin cotton) gloves.

GettingObsessive Fri 05-Apr-13 09:41:02

L'Occitane Shea Butter is the one that GeneHuntsMistress might be referring to. Fabulous stuff and it doesn't smell too girly.

Sugarice Fri 05-Apr-13 09:41:16

Weleda Skin Food is the best moisturiser ever and smells like oranges, it's devine and costs about £8 but worth it.

It's really thick and melts onto the skin, I use it all over.

It's brilliant!

Sugarice Fri 05-Apr-13 09:41:47

*divine even.

Havingkittens Fri 05-Apr-13 12:37:29

My auntie has horses and dogs and is also a full time carer to my grandma so one way or another her hands are either being washed constantly, and exposed to dirt, muck, the elements etc. She has recently found a revelation in Aveeno hand cream which have transformed her hands from cracked and sore hard skin back to normal hands.

The Body Shop Hemp one is very good too, but I think Aveeno might have the edge.

BadBuddha Fri 05-Apr-13 12:41:07

Try the Neutrogena FOOT cream for dry or damaged feet - it's awesome for dry hands - best thing I've ever tried and I get very dry hands in Winter

Abzs Fri 05-Apr-13 13:00:25

Climb On!. I have climber friends who swear by it. A bit pricy, but no more so than some of the others suggested above (and if he's bothered by such things, a touch more 'manly').

Knittingmamma Fri 05-Apr-13 13:01:22

When mine are really bad from the cold I find sudocream works really well. It doesn't really rub in very well as it is so thick, so I put it on at bedtime and it has worked wonders by morning.

CharlieBoo Fri 05-Apr-13 13:27:58

Body shop hemp is fab!! And cheap too

I've mentioned this on mumsnet before, but I layer 3 moisturisers, then put gloves on overnight and my hands are soft next morning, so you can then use one of the other recommended creams upthread to keep DH's hands in shape.

The layers are:

vitamin e oil - I just pierce a vitamin e capsule to get this
cocoa butter - I use the solid cocoa butter from Palmer's as it's more concentrated
Vaseline on top
Cotton gloves / socks to keep the mess in

It's really effective, now i just have to stop taking the cotton gloves off in my sleep hmm

helebear Fri 05-Apr-13 14:02:17

Aveeno hand cream is brilliant. I also found swapping to oilatum soap or one for eczema for hand washing and using surcare washing up liquid helps too.

princessx Fri 05-Apr-13 14:19:05

Jurlique rose hand cream is amazing and tested and approved by my mum who is very particular. Probably not the manly smell you are after though

EuroShaggleton Fri 05-Apr-13 14:23:07

Body shop hemp and L'occitane Shea butter are both great.

LovingTheSunshine Fri 05-Apr-13 14:30:48

Another vote for Aveeno hand cream smile

Chocamochalatte Fri 05-Apr-13 14:46:40

The best ones I've found for my DH who works outside all weathers is L'occitane Shea Butter or Body Shop Hemp...

Spree Fri 05-Apr-13 14:52:13

No particular brand but any cream for cracked heels is good for very dry hands

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Apr-13 15:29:29

Just coming on here to post the very same question - no need now!

Two weeks of dc gastroenteritis and constant handwashing have left my hands looking like an alligator's battered old handbag. Flippin' sore too.

Have tried L'Occitane, neutrogena and baby exczema cream but they only seem to work temporarily, then I'm back to ol' reptile skin.

Going to try aveeno but .... Does it sting on really chapped hands?!

HellesBelles396 Fri 05-Apr-13 15:33:47

Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream - not the hand cream version get the original.

piprabbit Fri 05-Apr-13 15:38:22

I use Clinque Deep Comfort hand cream when I can afford it - as it does feel very comforting to the sore feeling I get when my hands are very dry.

Once the worst of a bout of dryness is over and I'm feeling less sore, I use a mix of oil and sugar (sunflower oil and caster sugar) to exfoliate. It gets rid of the layers of dead, crocodiley skin and lets the moisturiser work better on the newer skin underneath.

notjustamummythankyou Fri 05-Apr-13 15:45:59

Ha! pip, I tried the oil exfoliator thing. Except, erm, I used salt instead of sugar. My alligator hands were on fire. I now know where I went wrong ... blush.

piprabbit Fri 05-Apr-13 15:47:36

Ow shock.

floatyflo Fri 05-Apr-13 15:52:00

Neutrogena Norwegian formula. Lovely stuff, swear by it

helebear Fri 05-Apr-13 19:45:20

Notjustamummy aveeno doesn't sting. My hands were cracked and bleeding last winter after loads of nappy changing & hand washing and aveeno was one of the few hand creams that didn't sting and really helped. Also really recommend oilatum soap, think part of the problem was using harsh antibacterial soap.

MissLurkalot Fri 05-Apr-13 19:47:40

Aveeno and body shop hemp hand cream

poozlepants Fri 05-Apr-13 19:52:36

I'll second the Neutragena Norwegian Formula - you have to use just a little. It was developed for rufty tufty Norwegian fishermen and really works.

BigRedBox Fri 05-Apr-13 20:07:47

I love Atrixo, and I am obsessed with keeping my hands moisturised.

noblegiraffe Fri 05-Apr-13 20:10:43

I also would suggest Neutrogena Norwegian formula, the concentrated stuff, it's really thick.

Although if you're bfing and have any Lansinoh lying around, that's good if they get cracked.

shrimponastick Fri 05-Apr-13 20:30:06

Body Shop Hemp wins here.

Often on offer too at half price, so £5 for a large tube. It does the job.

dolallymum Fri 05-Apr-13 20:52:47

Wow, was not expecting so many responses. Thank you all.
I have written all of your suggestions down and will get my OH to try some of them out.
Thank you again.

cerealqueen Fri 05-Apr-13 21:17:20

Flexitol foot cream!

JemimaPuddle Fri 05-Apr-13 21:35:40

Flexitol hand balm.

notjustamummythankyou Sat 06-Apr-13 13:28:15

As a result of this thread, I bought some aveeno for my alligator hands. Lovely stuff - hands look better already. And I can confirm that it doesn't sting on broken skin smile

xigris Sat 06-Apr-13 13:29:39

The Body Shop's Hemp hand cream is brilliant

BrienneOfTarth Sat 06-Apr-13 13:37:14

Flexitol Hald Balm works absolute miracles. Available in Boots.

JulesJules Sat 06-Apr-13 14:28:14

L'Occitane shea butter handcream (but £££)

Flexitol heel balm

Atrixo (comes out high on Which? according to my Mum)

Wolfiefan Sat 06-Apr-13 14:34:38

Gloves in a bottle is a lotion that provides a protective layer. (Cream on and/or under it.)

dolallymum Sat 06-Apr-13 14:59:30

We tried the cooking oil with sugar exfoliator last night and that got rid of pretty much all of the loose skin.
Plan to get some Aveeno or Hemp moisturiser tomorrow, but for the time been he has been using some intense foot cream and he's noticed a difference today with how much better they are.

gailforce1 Sat 06-Apr-13 17:03:59

Do any of the supermarkets stock Aveeno or do Superdrug/Boots stock it?

I swear by two - Neutrogena, and Clarins!

helebear Sat 06-Apr-13 18:31:53

I can get aveeno in my local big sainsburys & boots.

Aveeno here, and I have terrible hands that crack and bleed. Aveeno cleared it up and keeps it away.

And it's available on prescription!

DD has it for her eczema - did more in two days than six months of diprobase.

dolallymum Sun 07-Apr-13 16:10:58

Boots have Aveeno on offer at the moment. £3.39 instead of £5.10

Essexgirlupnorth Sun 07-Apr-13 16:32:04

The body shop Hemp one. Doesn't smell great though is probably more masculine than most but works well.

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