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Ridiculously dry hands - help!

(54 Posts)
Messing Sat 04-Dec-10 21:00:00

Any recs for handcream - or anything else?

I'm desperate - can barely type, they're so cracked and bleeding.

MrsShrekTheThird Sat 04-Dec-10 21:07:40

Mine get like this. This sounds mad, but slap on the good old Vaseline and get some cotton gloves from the chemist. I do the vaseline before bed, and wear the gloves all night. It works
FWIW, try to avoid soaps, and wool gloves hmm both of these make mine worse, would be worth checking out what your 'triggers' are.

BelligerentGhoul Sat 04-Dec-10 21:09:27

Try the Flexitol one. I bought some for my friend and it sorted out her v sore and cracked chef's hands.

BelligerentGhoul Sat 04-Dec-10 21:09:54

Buy several and leave them in various places so that you've always got one to hand too.

ebs78 Sat 04-Dec-10 21:10:40

Was told by a neonatal nurse recently bodyshop hemp hand cream, not had a chance to try it out myself yet but she had to wash her hands ALOT.

MrsShrekTheThird Sat 04-Dec-10 21:10:55

hey BG, I'll try that too wink

TigerseyeMum Sat 04-Dec-10 21:15:54

I get very dry hands and the L'Occitane shea butter one is fabulous, really sorts them out.

Though someone on another thread said the find Pure Nuff Stuff one to be better.

Tillyscoutsmum Sat 04-Dec-10 21:17:32

Another vote for L'Occitane shea butter one

jumpinghoops Sat 04-Dec-10 21:21:17

The body shop hemp really is marvellous stuff- 3 days ago my knuckles were so dry they had all cracked and were bleeding in parts, was horrible and painful. I was alternating between L'Occitane and Clarins which have always been fine for my dryish hands- neither seemed to make much difference this time. BS Hemp has totally sorted them out, I can't believe they are the same hands!

youngblowfish Sat 04-Dec-10 21:26:57

Hemp stuff is wonderful, but it is definitely worth investing in the cotton gloves MrsShrek mentioned. You'll be amazed at the difference. The most moisturising cream I ever tried is the Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter. DH was spreading grit and salt on the driveway with his bare hands last night and came back home with chapped hands. The butter sorted it out immediately.

Monkeytoo Sat 04-Dec-10 21:29:20

Neutrogena is really good too - just the original 'norwegian formula' one, it's pretty much just glycerine and you only need a tiny dab. I agree with buying a few tubes (it's cheap) and leave one by each sink so you don't forget - and one in your handbag.

MrsShrekTheThird Sat 04-Dec-10 21:33:21

heard great things about the neutrogena - but it doesn't work at all for me.

Maybe the trick is to try out a few of the recommendations and see what works for you.

zanz1bar Sat 04-Dec-10 21:38:55

I had the same sandpaper hands last week and tried on Mumsnet recommendation the Body Shop Hemp Cream and it is fantastic.
Also tried Garnier moisture lock.

Dexterrocks Sat 04-Dec-10 21:44:25

I agree the BS Hemp cream is fantastic.

MIL is a home care worker so has to wash her hands a lot and swears by Snowfire when she gets cracked bleeding hands.

My ds has phases of sucking his top lip until it is chapped and sore and the pharmacist also recommended Snowfire. It stinks but it does the job in a night!

ChippingIn Sat 04-Dec-10 21:45:02

One word


(Hand and Nail treatment cream).

It is amazing and doesn't make your hands feel yuck/greasy.

Montifer Sat 04-Dec-10 21:46:28

I usually use Elizabeth Arden 8 hour hand cream which I think is great, but have used Lansinoh on my cracked knuckles this week and it's worked a treat.

ChavKidston Sat 04-Dec-10 21:49:52

This could be the answer for DPs sore, chapped knuckles. Can anyone recommend where I can get cheap cotton gloves pls?

SingingBear Sat 04-Dec-10 21:50:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

wubblybubbly Sat 04-Dec-10 21:52:10

Chav, boots sell the cotton gloves.

Hemp cream is fantastic and I love the smell too.

MrsDingDongMerrily Sat 04-Dec-10 21:56:49

BS Hemp does nothing for mine. Lansinoh in the cracks at bedtime is very good, and if things get very bad spread it all over and wear cottoen gloves. Got mine in Body Shop but they weren't particularly cheap. Maybe try Poundland?

I also like the Bodyshop Almond one in a tube and Rescue version of the same in a tub for overnight.

Neutrogena is good too. I have about 7 or 8 tubes of various things scattered around the house/handbag.

For lips I swear by Blisteze (Blistex I think it is called now) and have just bought Lush Ultrabalm which has sorted out DS's chapped skin around mouth in a few days. It is also really helping dry patches on my face.

Finally, wear gloves every time you go out in this weather.

Slur Sat 04-Dec-10 22:00:10

Vaseline intensive

The best I have found this year. Without doubt.

TheDuckSaysMoo Sat 04-Dec-10 22:03:19

Another vote for Nuetrogena here and for having it next to every sink, in your handbag and on your desk at work. I used to work in a box factory when i was a student(many moons ago) and my hands were permanently cracked, bleedy and agony until I found Nuetrogena. I had tried BS hemp and Clarins too but Nuetrogena was the one that worked for me.

I'd be interested to see if sudocrem worked though. I always forget about it and it does seem like magic cream and cheap too. Definitely worth a shot.

Avoid soap too - use a moisturising hand wash.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sat 04-Dec-10 22:07:29

Clarins Hand and Nail treatment cream is good. Bit pricey but a tube lasts ages as you only need a little bit.

Or the norwegian formula neutrogena also works for my skin too.

You could ask for a few as stocking fillers this year and run a trial? Let us know!!

Carrie06 Sat 04-Dec-10 22:08:54

Diprobase is fantastic but not sure if you can buy it as have it on prescription. It was used in NNU with all the handwashing.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sat 04-Dec-10 22:09:57

oh this has reminded me, i used sudocrem on a burn i had on the thin skin on the back of my hand, it really helped relieve the heat and then the itching while it healed, stopped it cracking round the blisters/scab. Add it to your list.... wink

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