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My hands have started getting their fetching 'it's winter and the central heating is on' chapped look with the skin splitting very painfully around my knuckles
Can anyone recommend a fab hand cream? I bought Aveda Hand relief last winter (only because I'm very childish and wanted to tell DH he could get some hand relief in the bathroom if he wanted) but I can't stand the smell-it's horrible!
I had the Hemp cream before that from the Body Shop which was good but again, I wasn't very keen on the smell. The Norwegian formula one I found greasy and I tried the Lansinoh nipple cream that my SIL recommended but the stuff was so hard to get out of the tube that I gave up!
I don't like the smell of the body shop hemp hand cream either, but switched to the body shop 'wild rose' version and love it. Have to admit though I do always wait until the discounts are running, there's usually 30-40% off codes available somewhere
Hi op, you've asked for other suggestions, so here's mine !
Cracked and/or bleeding skin in the hands (or feet) can be an indicator of health issues (worse in winter because of the temp changes, but that's not the cause necessarily).
Any condition which reduces the bodies ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals you need, or which causes skin inflammation, could be at the root of it.
I am specifically thinking of undiagnosed coeliac or other autoimmune issues with foods... Do you have any other symptoms that may indicate a reaction to a foodstuff? Gut problems, headache, rashes etc? If so it might be worth considering.
Also - triclosan containing soaps and hand washes, do you use these? I know quite a few people who get a reaction to these which includes cracked and bleeding skin.
I have never had this problem with my hands, but I did with my feet, and I was amazed when the cracks and bleeding bits healed (they had been there for years) after I went gluten/wheat free for other reasons.
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour hand cream is the only hand cream that stops the awful winter dry cracked skin in dd hands I also like the Crabtree and Evelyn la source hand recovery. If you want something cheap and cheerful Avon hand cream with glycerine is good and smells of roses.
Hi rollon I suffer with the same problem (had a thread on here recently about it so you'll get some good tips from there).
What's made a massive difference for me is to stop using liquid soap, as I think my skin was reacting to the SLS ingredient (sodium laurel sulphate I think). Since switching to plain Palmolive bar soap they've cleared up completely! May be worth a try?