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Yes, I actually was daft enough to Footner my hands..

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TheDietStartsTomorrow Tue 26-May-15 14:02:09

Although my feet are neglected and not exactly pretty, they're not as bad as my hands. My skin is otherwise mostly in good nick and I have always had comments on how soft and smooth my complexion is. My hands, however, are another story. They look like they belong to someone twice my age. They are dry, rough, wrinkly and just downright ugly. I once showed them to an alternative practioner who looks at patients hands and prescribes ointments for various illness (long story for another thread) and the first thing he did when he saw my hands is do a double take and say "your face and hands don't match up". He was amazed at how old my hands looked. hmm

Anyway, after Footnering my feet and with a pack left over, I decided to Footner my hands. I left them on for an hour and a half and have refrained from moisturising my hands for 2 days. Which is actually very hard for me to do.

I know from experience that when Footnering your feet, they go dry before they begin to peel but my hands look shocking at the moment. They've gone so dry and wrinkly and scaly I feel that I've wrecked them. shock

Yes, yes, I know I probably shouldn't have and I can only blame myself blah blah blah but if anyone can bear to offer some hand-holding (at the risk of having their own sanded by the roughness of mine) please post.

gaggiagirl Tue 26-May-15 14:05:09

I bumping this for you grin

Solo Tue 26-May-15 14:07:47

Oooh. I've used that Australian stuff meant for feet on my hands and elbows and knees before...
OP, I suppose only time will tell. No help I know. Hope you will have gorgeous hands by tomorrow.

AlternativeTentacles Tue 26-May-15 14:20:35

Can we have photos as the skin peels please? I have sandpaper hands due to gardening every day and would love to have them soft but am petrified of footnering them. Plus i am a big sporny.

TheDietStartsTomorrow Tue 26-May-15 14:40:22

I don't know if I have the courage to post pics of my scaly ugly hands in the condition they're in at the moment....

WhoNickedMyName Tue 26-May-15 15:37:09

this has reminded me to check the thread of the MNetter who put it on her face.

HeadsShouldersKneesAndPooPoo Tue 26-May-15 16:01:09

I googled footner and hands the other day after reading the face thread and found this which may put your mind at ease.....

Solo Wed 27-May-15 12:58:51

How are your hands now OP?

gaggiagirl Wed 27-May-15 13:06:16

Someone put it on their face?

TheDietStartsTomorrow Wed 27-May-15 21:21:08

They're a complete mess. My skin has dried out so much I can barely bare to pick up a sheet of paper. As a tutor, that was really hard to avoid.

I've soaked them in water for a couple of nights and the skin has started to peel. But it's really, really dried them out.

Solo Thu 28-May-15 00:51:24

Oh dear sad Paraffin bath? (with a professional). Slather with Vaseline or similar before bed and put on soft cotton gloves to ensure full absorption? What about Cetraben or Oilatum? all worth a go I'd say.

Justputyourshoesonnow Thu 28-May-15 06:11:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

QOD Thu 28-May-15 09:05:14

Don't moisturise! You've got this far you need to see it thru.
They'll peel hideously and be baby soft. Perhaps dont pick and peel as more delicate
If you moisturise they'll heal up all lumpy

momb Thu 28-May-15 09:15:22

You can buy the liquid in gloves especially for doing hands (perhaps less strong but the principle is the same). I've bought them on amazon. Try searching hand peel. They do look awful in the interim peel stage though.
Off to search for the footner face thread!

TheDietStartsTomorrow Thu 28-May-15 09:43:50

I've been thinking the same QOD; that I just need to bear it out and they'll be lovely and soft soon. I do sometimes need a bit of relief, especially when turning pages of books so I squirt them with a bit of water and rub it in instead of moisturiser/oil.

I can't wait for it to be over.

QOD Thu 28-May-15 20:43:54

We need photos! confused

TheDietStartsTomorrow Thu 28-May-15 23:39:01

I can't believe I'm posting photos of my dried out scaly hands. Apologies in advance to those who find such pics cringe worthy. I can only take a pic of one hand at a time but as you can see, they look and feel horrendous at the moment.

On the plus side, my DS groaned when I asked him to empty the dishwasher tonight so I chased him around the kitchen with my peeling hands and threatened to rub them all over his cheeks and face and he was shot up and ran straight to it so I guess that's a bonus.

I teach at a supplementary school after school and went in for a clue of hours today wearing gloves. The girls in one of the classes as I walked past had a good giggle and asked if I had been making a snowman. I gave a wry smile and rubbed my gloved hands together in front of them so some flakes of skin fell to the floor like white snow dust. grin It was worth it for the look òf confusion on their faces.

May09Bump Thu 28-May-15 23:48:06

Try Epaderm (like heavy petroleum jelly), it sinks into the skin really well and put gloves over them or socks overnight. You can get it from boots.

Wagglebee Fri 29-May-15 01:49:18

If you gently rub them together whilst soaking, it'll speed up the peeling process.

momb Fri 29-May-15 09:45:36

Do not moisturise.

Do as Wagglebee suggests: soak and rub gently. Wear gloves to bed. It will be over in a day or two and you will have lovely soft hands.

GaryBaldy Fri 29-May-15 10:00:44

Eeek TDST that looks sore.

Wagglebee Fri 29-May-15 15:50:24

Should've added last night, do not peel the skin. Just rub slightly.

Sure you know that bit just in case.

TheDietStartsTomorrow Fri 29-May-15 16:42:32

It's actually not sore at all. Just inconvenient. And I was initially worried that my hands were ruined forever but as the skin is peeling away I can see that it's working. But it's definitely inconvenient. I did my feet a couple of weeks ago too but because I can just throw a pair of socks on and forget about my feet until evening, it's not too distracting.

I have found that soaking in water and rubbing seems to get a load of dry skin off altogether which is good. I have to admit, I've picked at bits.... why is that a no no?

Wagglebee Fri 29-May-15 17:30:28

Think it's in case the skin isn't ready to come off and is attached to 'good' skin. There's a risk you'll peel too much off.

That said, I'm guilty of it when I Footner my feet. blush Been fine.

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