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Hand cream that actually works to fix very dry skin.

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GrouchyKiwi Wed 14-Aug-19 12:55:49

I used to get an Avon (Australia & NZ) hand cream from my Mum but Avon no longer operates in NZ and they don't make the same one here. Since I ran out of that marvellous cream (Moisture Therapy, it was called) my hands have been very dry. I must have tried 10 different creams and none of them work.

I've tried:
- Neal's Yard Honey/Bee something or other, and the delicious Geranium one.
- Aveeno Daily Moisture, and Intensive Relief
- Sainsbury's pink hand cream (shea butter, maybe)
- Norwegian formula
- Garnier Intensive Restoring, and 7 Days
- Atrixo Intensive (this came closest but still not good enough)
- Palmer's Cocoa Butter
- Burt's Bees Shea Butter

and probably some more.

Help! What else should I try?

JaneJeffer Wed 14-Aug-19 12:58:35

This one is the best.

TheRattleBag Wed 14-Aug-19 12:59:00

O'Keeffe's Working Hands is good.

My dad has been in search of a good hand cream for years since his favourite was discontinued, and this gets a grudging nod of approval, which is praise indeed!

Oly4 Wed 14-Aug-19 13:01:21

Liz Earle Hand Repair. I’ve tried dozens including pricey brands and this is the best for me

GrouchyKiwi Wed 14-Aug-19 13:07:15

Thank you.

Will start with the first two: one for daytime, one for night, and see how I get on.

FatTwat69 Wed 14-Aug-19 13:07:52

Mavala is nice and not greasy at all. I have really, really dry hands and tried loads and have just repurchased this one as I like it so much.

sassandfaff Wed 14-Aug-19 13:34:07

I have terrible cracked and bleeding hands every year in autumn/winter. For as far back as when I was at University in 97!

Last year I bought these 2 from The Range. £1 each. I was AMAZED. I almost went the whole time with no cracking or bleeding....just the last week or so of winter. Totally unprecedented.

MoMoneyMoProblemz Wed 14-Aug-19 13:52:00

I use an american one called dr sheffield's psoriasis cream. Its $1 in USA so I stock up when i go, otherwise its £10 on Ebay!

I recommend melaleuca renew lotion, but thats a bit more pricey per ML and can only find it on ebay in the UK.

I also use castor oil with hemp cream from body shop when i run out of the above.

BelindasGleeTeam Wed 14-Aug-19 13:52:49

O'Keefe's working hands is great stuff.

Ylvamoon Wed 14-Aug-19 14:21:12

... avoid anything with alcohol in it!

howwudufeel Wed 14-Aug-19 14:23:53

Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Cream.

SheeshazAZ09 Wed 14-Aug-19 14:25:12

Weleda Skin Food. Smells great too.

ZazieTheCat Wed 14-Aug-19 14:26:18

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream

D’Alchemy Spectacular Hand Therapy

Rystall Wed 14-Aug-19 14:26:52

After years of searching, I can declare the best hand cream in the universe to be L'occitane very dry skin shea butter. (the one with 25% shea butter). Nothing else is comparable (and I’ve tried everything).

ErrolTheDragon Wed 14-Aug-19 14:27:15

I've not felt the need for handcream since I started using flexitol (or similar) on my feet at night.grin

Palaver1 Wed 14-Aug-19 14:35:33

O'Keeffe's Working Hands is good.
Okeeffe has a bit of a not so pleasant smell though

Mylittlepony374 Wed 14-Aug-19 14:38:04

Another vote for body shop hemp.

Synecdoche Wed 14-Aug-19 14:42:34

Thirded for Body Shop Hemp. They also do a oil for really dry spots. Love the stuff.

MozzchopsThirty Wed 14-Aug-19 14:43:16

Okeefes is amazing

I was a nurse and years of washing meant that my skin would regularly split and bleed
It was painful and ugly

However I've been using this for a year and have not had one breakout, lovely soft hands

Ps I tried everything

Rosere Wed 14-Aug-19 14:46:25

Loccitane, I like the cherry blossom one and Clarins. I hate the feeling of greasey handcream and these literally save my paws. I too wash my hands up to 50 times a day and these are my lifesavers

HairyDogsOfThigh Wed 14-Aug-19 14:47:44

I switched from using regular soap to dr bronners baby soap that i buy by the litre and dilute 1:5.
Since i stopped using regular soap at home, my hands do not get nearly as dry and rough as before. I notice if I've been out using normal soap my hands feel drier.

percheron67 Wed 14-Aug-19 14:49:01

Clarins. I was given a tip from someone I met onn holiday who once worked in health and beauty.

FatTwat69 Wed 14-Aug-19 14:49:39

The Body Shop Hemp one is good but it smells so bad I have to wash it off which sorts of defeats the purpose grin

OoohMasala Wed 14-Aug-19 15:00:42

Another for body shop hemp. It's amazing. I like the smell 🤷🏽‍♀️

MoMoneyMoProblemz Wed 14-Aug-19 15:37:01

O keefe is the green one right? I tried it and it left my hands a state, like when you've put your hands in water for too long and they go all prune like!

The hemp does have an acquired scent but i put it on at night with castor oil and wrap with an overnight glove. Works wonders!

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