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Hand cream for very dry hands

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bessie26 Wed 15-Feb-12 02:59:55

This time of year my hands get really dry & cracked (to the point of bleeding) unless I slap on loads of hand cream every night & before I leave the house. I have young (nappy wearing) DC so wash my hands loads of times during the day which doesn't help.

I tried a few diffetent creams a few years ago & found a neutrogena one to be good, but I wondered if you knew of something better?

I quite like putting loads of cream on at night & then wearing those little cotton gloves (although DH's joke about them being Michael Jackson's gloves is starting to wear a little thin!) so something really intensive which would mean I could wake up to gorgeous young looking hands would be fab!

girlsyearapart Wed 15-Feb-12 03:52:56

There's one in crabtree & Evelyn can't remember exactly what it's called but it's something to do with gardeners..
Maybe gardeners rescue or something?

I haven't got any at the mo & have hands like an old lady..

livealoha Wed 15-Feb-12 04:40:22

Palmers cocobutter (in the tube) is fantastic imo [

south345 Wed 15-Feb-12 04:43:50

Aveeno is what I use for my eczema.

RamblingRosa Wed 15-Feb-12 08:32:05

I really like the Body Shop Rose hand butter. It smells lovely and is really thick and moisturising.

If you're hands are dry to the point of cracking I'd recommend Weleda Skin Food. I've been using it on my DD's hands (which have suddenly got really dry and chapped) and it has done the trick beautifully. It also smells nice.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 15-Feb-12 08:33:49

Body Shop hemp. It smells a bit earthy but it's the only thing that does the trick for me.

LoonyRationalist Wed 15-Feb-12 08:35:32

Dd2 gets very chapped hands. Baby bottom butter is the best solution I've found. It is very greasy and I use it at night for this reason. Otherwise I've also used aveeno successfully too.

Rhinopotamus Wed 15-Feb-12 08:37:25

My hands are the same. I use body shop hemp every night and the kiehl's one every so often. Sorry can't remember the full name.

Fuchzia Wed 15-Feb-12 08:55:56

Waitroae baby bottom butter Is fab and so cheap. I also use the L'Occitiane Shea butter which is very expensive but seems to work. The best thing I've found tho is a tub of Epaderm which my GP suggested. You can get it from any chemist and it's great for really sensitive skin. It suggests that you can use this instead of soap to wash with as well.

Takver Wed 15-Feb-12 09:19:16

I tend to get very dry hands which then shades into eczema on the palm. I do find Aveeno good, but the one thing that really solves the problem (no cracked & bleeding eczema!) is to wash my hands using aqueous (sp?) cream - you just use a dollop of it instead of soap & wash/dry as normal. It generally sorts my hands out within a few days. Its also very cheap from the chemist in huge tubs!

TimeForCake Wed 15-Feb-12 09:24:08

Another vote for Crabtree & Evelyn. Might be called Source or La Source?? In a blue & white tube, luxuriously thick and gorgeous.

I also like molton brown when less of a heavy duty cream is needed.

mousymouseafraidofdogs Wed 15-Feb-12 09:24:51

I ditched liquid soap and use a bar instead which had an instant effect (have eczema on hands) and use weleda skin food.

turkeyboots Wed 15-Feb-12 09:28:59

DH and I have this problem and started using Waitroses Bottom Butter on Sunday. My hands are fine now, and his are much improved.

schmalex Wed 15-Feb-12 10:02:12

I've started using Flexitol hand balm (bought in Boots). It comes in a really ugly tube so I thought it must be good! It completely healed up my cracked knuckles.

thepureemporia Wed 15-Feb-12 13:28:48

A really popular hand cream for dry hands is Essential Care Organic Hand & Body Lotion. It is quite thick but is made from rich natural ingredients like Shea butter and Sesame Oil making it ideal for soaking in your hands over night.

bessie26 Wed 15-Feb-12 14:15:45

Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions - now which one do I try first?!!

janmoomoo Wed 15-Feb-12 17:54:30

Body shop hemp hand protector - fabulous.

crazyaccountant Wed 15-Feb-12 18:24:20

Aveeno is the answer, cheap and massively effective on dry skin. Loccitane Shea butter hand cream if you want something fancier but if you want serious results you cannot go past aveeno.

redglow Wed 15-Feb-12 18:55:15

Hemp from body shop is brilliant.

FrumpyPumpy Wed 15-Feb-12 18:55:53

Another vote for flexitol but I have been using the foot cream for cracked heels blush

WhatGoodIsThis Wed 15-Feb-12 19:00:04

another vote for the Body Shops' Hemp stuff.
It doesn't smell too good but it works brilliantly.

Crabtree & evelyn's La Source is also good. it smells wonderful but it's quite expensive as it's a two-step process! (The first step is called Skin Therapy Hand Recovery and the second step is called Hand Therapy.)

Wolfiefan Wed 15-Feb-12 19:00:30

I have found something called gloves in a bottle. (got it in lloyds pharmacy). You put it on clean and dry hands. Rub it in and it acts as a barrier. (I also put hand cream on top). Not a moisturiser but stops them drying out even more.

Body shop also do a hemp oil and a new heavy duty hemp cream. I use both at night!!

RatDesPaquerettes Wed 15-Feb-12 19:01:46

I have used the La Source one from Crabtree & Evelyn but I find it ineffective and my hands are not even that dry.

I use shea butter instead these days, with better results.

BendyBob Wed 15-Feb-12 19:07:42

I like Manuka honey handcream from Holland and Barrett. Hemp one from Bodyshop is very good but smells quite medicinal imo.

I also do the glove thing at night. I look like a snooker referee going to bed grin

BornToFolk Wed 15-Feb-12 19:07:51

Body Shop Hemp and Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy for me too. I prefer the smell of Hand Therapy (you can get it in lots of different scents, I use to love the Goat's Milk one but they've stopped doing it sad) but Body Shop is cheaper and does the job just as well.

I also like Lush's Helping Hands in the little bottle for daytime use as it is not as thick and greasy as the other two but still very effective.

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