Best treatment for really dry, wrinkly looking hands ?

(32 Posts)
Slipsliding Thu 09-May-13 22:14:12

I'm obsessive about putting on hand cream as i can't bear the feeling of dry hands but my hands are still really dry! I do a lot of washing hands, cleaning etc (kids, nappies, the usual chore-laden mum's lot) and i suppose my hands are weathered from walking with a buggy.
Any tips?

daisydalrymple Thu 09-May-13 22:33:57

I too get through a lot of hand cream - combination of young children and all the washing that entails and working in a bar 3 nights a week, means I've had really bad chapped / cracked hands and dry, peeling nails. Recently found a wonder hand cream which has worked for me. It's a garnier one, body repair hand cream in a red tube This boots link has mixed reviews, so it obviously doesn't suit everyone!

Clarins hand cream is always on my wish list [sigh]

JudithOfThePascha Fri 10-May-13 00:09:35

Try the hemp one from the Body Shop and particularly try it last thing at night before sleeping in cotton gloves (search eBay). I find this really helps my very dry hands.

AgnesBligg Fri 10-May-13 00:14:48

I have a big pot E45 on the go. No scent and works straightaway.

Thumbwitch Fri 10-May-13 00:27:35

My grandad (!) recommended Neutrogena when I was getting really dry hands from constantly washing them (worked in hospital labs). It was very good! Also works well on weather-chapped hands (I believe the idea is that it was developed for Norwegian fishermen, so it's designed for the toughest challenges!)

Thumbwitch Fri 10-May-13 00:31:13 - hmm, mixed reviews, seems like they might have changed the formula since I used it! Always a mistake, stupid bloody marketing/innovation departments, why mess with a winning formula?!

everydayaschoolday Fri 10-May-13 00:31:56

try Crabtree & Evlyn (sp?). The gardeners one is particularly good and the spa one smells divine and works wonders on my very dry hands.

Springdiva Fri 10-May-13 03:17:57

I'm older than you but not 90 years old which is what the age of my hands look like.
I am thinking of using one of these peeling creams like the youtube video, but you would need to use sunscreener afterwards I should think.

Missymoomum Fri 10-May-13 03:58:01

I have tried sooo many different hand creams and i find this one good . The problem i have with a lot of the hand creams produced for very dry skin is that they're so greasy. I've tried the Neutrogena one before and i couldn't use it as it was too greasy for me. I got given the Clarins one as a Christmas present and it was great but the Aveeno one i've mentioned is just as good smile

Slipsliding Fri 10-May-13 20:14:48

Thanks all. Lots of good suggestions . I'm going to look for cotton gloves and try hemp , and if that doesn't work, clarins (through desperation tho as it is pricey).
My hands have always been last on my to do list ....

alarkthatcouldpray Fri 10-May-13 20:26:33

Gloves In A Bottle. Available from I find it v effective.

nevertoooldforindie Fri 10-May-13 21:08:30

Lidl. SOS hand cream brilliant and about a quid. I'm a convert from Claris. It's very sticky feels a bit like Vaseline texture but soaks in quick.

whoopwhoopbib Fri 10-May-13 21:08:50

I had really dry, cracked, bleeding hands until recently when I read that using a bar of soap instead of liquid soap was better for your hands. I started using a bar about three weeks ago and as I hate all hand creams I haven't used any if that but my hands actually look amazing smile .

I am so impressed by this as I had got to the point where steroid cream wasn't really working and Boots pharmacy wouldn't recommend a hand cream until I had seen a doctor as they were bleeding so much at the time.

Nagoo Fri 10-May-13 21:12:12

lanolin or flexitol overnight in cotton gloves is miraculous.

Kaylajayne Fri 10-May-13 21:14:23

I also have dry hands so I use Nivea hand cream the one with Q10 in it. It seems to do the job and its not expensive like some hand creams.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 10-May-13 21:17:10

mine were really cracked until about a month ago
i have fixed them with Aveeno hand creme, and wearing CSI type gloves to do anything involving cold/wet/chemicals.

MarianForrester Fri 10-May-13 21:19:06

CCV foot cream from Boots is good. I have the hands of a very old woman, and it really helps

MarianForrester Fri 10-May-13 21:22:43

CCS, that should be

Dozer Fri 10-May-13 21:23:03

Aveeno and E45 are OK for use after hand-washing, but body shop hemp is best for me (terrible dry wrinkly hands, rest of me is OK!) it has been great for DH's terrible exzema too. Think the excema charity recommend having a basic emollient cream for frequent use then a tougher (oiler?) one for night / flare-ups. They had a list of products on their site.

hollyisalovelyname Fri 10-May-13 21:53:57

Johnsons 24 hour in the pink tube is very good ( and cheap) as is the very greasy Nutrogena foot cream. I tried the Hemp one. It was ok.

Dilidali Fri 10-May-13 22:16:27

Oilatum cream is fantastic. I buy the one in a small tube, about £2.50 or so at the pharmacy. It goes in really quickly, does not leave my hands greasy and has no smell.

creamsoda Sat 11-May-13 11:14:32

Rose hip oil over night has helped mine a lot, in theory it should be good as it contains antioxidants/vitamin A and fatty acids so it's moisturising as well as helps to reverse sun damage.

MousyMouse Sat 11-May-13 11:18:42

I use a combination of aveeno and weleda skin food.
aveeno all through the day and a layer of skin food on top over night and after cleaning/gardening.

Woolwif Sat 11-May-13 12:41:58

Soap & Glory Hand Food. Smells amazing and works brilliantly and makes my 42yr old hands only look 50 yrs old as opposed to 75!

Slipsliding Sat 11-May-13 20:31:21

Thanks all. Sorry if a dim question, but what are CS1 gloves? Are they just washing up gloves?
Ha ha Dozer, The rest of me is not as bad as my hands either!
I used to think it a waste of time to wear sun cream on my hands but wish I had now. The Edwardian ladies wore gloves all the time, maybe I'll give it a go...

hollyisalovelyname Sun 12-May-13 10:12:39

Dilidali I bought the Oilatum cream on your advice so am hoping it will make a difference to my 90 year old looking hands. I did find it greasy though.

Dilidali Sun 12-May-13 10:30:45

Hi! Your hands must be very dry at the mo, hence the greasiness. Please don't get discouraged. I have a job that requires me to wash my hands 'to the bone' millions of times a day. After spending hundreds of pounds on handcream I found Oilatum the only one that does what it says on the tin.
Let us know how you get on after a week or so smile.

hollyisalovelyname Wed 15-May-13 18:54:14

Thanks Dili. I got a sample of Dermalogica hand cream. It was good but expensive

Dawndonna Wed 15-May-13 21:35:00

I have psoriasis and am finding the Dr. Organics manuka honey range heavenly at the moment. (Health food shop).

The Dr Organic manuka honey bar of soap has been the best bar of soap I have found so far for my eczema prone hands. I try and avoid liquid soap but the rest of the family prefer them, the Dr Organic ones are the least drying/irritating that I have found.

zalana Wed 15-May-13 22:51:52

Having tried loads of hand creams have eventually found one that is miraculous, Eucerin, dry skin, Intensive hand cream with 5% urea, available in Boots. I have been using it at night time and really can't believe the difference it has made to my hands, now so soft and feel amazing!

pepperminty Wed 15-May-13 22:59:17

Here is a combo that really worked for me:

1) Simple liquid hand soap
Their white moisturising one (a pump)
(any anti-bacterial hand soap really irritates my hands)

2) Burts Bees hand lotion
The stuff is amazing. It has almond oil and other oils. It properly heals your hands. In three days, it is a night and day difference.

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