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They say your hands reveal your true age - in that case I'm about 83!

(19 Posts)
sassy Mon 11-Apr-05 09:57:38

The combination of a new-born and potty training dd1 means I am constantly washing my hands at the mo and they are incredibly dry and wrinkly-looking. I've tried lashings of aqueous cream, nivea anti-aging stuff and even a v expensive posh clarins one but whatever i use doesn't seem to have any effect.They look and feel better for about 10 mins then go all aged again.
Help! I feel like a mummy (an Eygtian one, as well as a parent-type thing!)

sassy Wed 13-Apr-05 18:23:03

Surely someone has some advice ?!!

SoupDragon Wed 13-Apr-05 18:24:08

Dove hand balm seems pretty good. I have tubes of moisturiser all over the place and use it all through the day.

Mud Wed 13-Apr-05 18:24:51

its the water - you could

invest in some surgical gloves so you don't need to wash as much
ensure you dry thoroughly and moisturise after ever wash
50% of people find that aqueous cream rather than helping dries the skin more, try Aveeno instead

I got a nice new hand cream recently

Mud Wed 13-Apr-05 18:27:11

a'kin intensive hand treatment

binker Wed 13-Apr-05 18:40:46

I recommend Neutrogena hand cream - very good and my hands are nice and soft despite lots of washing

WideWebWitch Wed 13-Apr-05 18:51:25

Oh me too sassy, I've been thinking about lookng after my hands for years because they make me look even more haggard than I am but a baby means they're worse than ever for the same reasons as you. Sympathy.

marthamoo Wed 13-Apr-05 19:06:53

Best hand cream I have ever used is Body Shop's Hemp hand cream. It's about £8 a tube. I've used it for years and would be gutted if they stopped making it. It's too heavy to use in the daytime but I put it on last thing at night, every night, without fail, and my hands (from being dry, cracked and peeling) are fine now. You can also buy cotton gloves in the Body Shop which you can put on after applying the cream and wear in bed but I have never used those for fear of freaking dh out. I actually like my hands - they're one of my best bits!

flashingnose Wed 13-Apr-05 19:11:50

Atrixo Regenerating Hand Cream is great - you can feel a difference as soon as you put it on. Keep a tube by your sink so you can slap some on after each handwash.

Kayleigh Wed 13-Apr-05 19:32:20

well if Marthamoo recommends Body Shop's Hemp hand cream, then that's the one for me. Apparently she is the queen of recommendations

marthamoo Wed 13-Apr-05 19:32:54

All this attention is going to my head!

Kayleigh Wed 13-Apr-05 19:39:01

oi, marthamoo, get yourself over here . Someone is looking for recommendations for lawnmowers

marthamoo Wed 13-Apr-05 19:43:15

Heehee, we bought our mower for one very simple reason - it has a fold down handle and would fit in what we euphemistically refer to as our garden 'shed' (which isn't a shed, more of a small wooden box with a door).

tamum Wed 13-Apr-05 20:03:17

at the idea of you freaking out your dh with the gloves on!

sassy Fri 15-Apr-05 09:54:42

Ta people. I've found an old tube of NEutrogena in a drawer and started using that at night (too sticky for daytime) and it has made a difference. Still applying the Clarins in the day after handwashing too. Will try the hemp stuff next time i'm near a Body Shop but agree about the gloves, sounds a bit too Mickey Mouse for my liking!!
(My hands were always one of my little vanities so have felt nostalgic about them recently.Perhaps a bit of tlc will restore them to their former beauty!)

oatcake Fri 15-Apr-05 10:00:38

agree with marthamoo. Bodyshop hemp hand cream. It's a barrier cream so just a couple of applications a day will prevent all that cleaning of hands, drying them out too much.

Tried and tested as I work in a hospital and my hands are really bad when I don't use my hemp...

Branster Tue 17-May-05 21:28:11

top tip from Branster:
use surgical gloves when washing-up, cleaning, gardening etc and apply vit E oil on your hands before putting on the gloves. very sticky stuff but you'll have beautiful and smooths hands!

Lonelymum Tue 17-May-05 21:35:16

My hands are horrendously old looking - really wrinkled and nobbly. I put it down to nine years of child rearing and constantly washing my hands. But I always wear gloves for washing up and cleaning around the house. Would your regime get my hands looking better Branster or does it only work to keep your hands smooth and young looking if they are already like that?

Branster Wed 18-May-05 08:53:17

it should improve your hands LM. i used it when my hands were really dry and in a bad condition after doing housework and DIY jobs when not wearing gloves and they did get better.

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