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Thread: What Do You Use for Dry Hands?

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    Senior Member quilt-fanatic's Avatar
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    Help! I've tried every hand cream there is, including Gloves in a Bottle and the stuff they use on cows udders, but nothing seems to really help - especially after handling fabric. With winter coming on, I'm sure there are others out there with the same problem.

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    I use Extreme Hand Repair, by Beauticontrol. It's miraculous stuff; non-greasy, absorbs quickly, just takes a little, and best of all... it Works! lol... My daughter sells it. thank goodness! I can ask her to send you a sample, if you like.

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    Here is a link to a home made hand cream for quilters. You can play with the formula to get something that really works for you. The names of the various products refer to a Canadian drug store brand but you can use your local drug store brands of indgredients.

    http://quilt-knit-run-sew.blogspot.c...-quilters.html

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    I use a cream that I found the recipe for on another forum.

    I call it Dollar Store cream. It takes 1 tube of creamy vaseline, 1 jar vitamin E cream and 1 bottle any type lotion you choose. Just mix this up and put in containers. I use this on my hands and I also use it all over after my bath.

    I usually use a lotion that has no fragrance and then add a few drops of perfume oil so it smells like I like it.

    I use it on my heels before going to bed or before I put my socks on. It keeps my heels from getting rough and cracked.

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    Do you pre-wash your fabric? I had to start because some of the chemicals were really bothering my hands. When they got really bad I had to put Vaseline on and cover with white gloves at night. It has gotten better since I started washing my fabrics, but if I am so lucky as to get to sew for several days in a row, they still get really dry.

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    I always prewash fabrics (except pre-cuts) but hands get extra dry just from handling it. I'll try anything.

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    Bath and Body Works, have the cashmere cream in various scents it makes my hands feel good and it is not greasey.

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    I havethe same problem, my hands and feet are SO dry. I cant wear the cheap stuff, like sauve, or it just burns. Looking forward to answers!

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    corn huskers lotion works well, if you put it on heavy at night when you are going to bed, in the morning your hands are soft and supple. it is an ongoing problem for everyone who works with textiles on a regular basis. i use different things every day...i love gloves in a bottle, i also use vaseline intensive care lotions through out the day, it is just necessary to reapply often. i set timers when i sew ... and force myself to take a break every 45 minutes...first thing i do when the timer goes off is turn it off and put on lotion. then i take my break. and if my hands are very dry that day i reapply lotion when i reset the timer and go back to work. nothing is going to work that you only apply once a day. the often part is important. someone sent me some Udder Cream for a gift once, it made my hands break out horribly and took almost 2 weeks to heal, so i try to use the lotions that have been around for a long time...like the vaseline intensive care lotions.

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    I use a cream that I found at Dollar Tree and it is the best I have ever used. Trust me I have tried everything under the sun. I have eczema and this is the best I have found. It is a skin softener with Vitamin E called creamy petroleum jelly and it does absorb quickly. I had a problem with my hands and feet getting so dry and cracked that they would bleed and hurt. Now I don't have that problem if I use it everyday. It doesn't have a perfumy smell, I can't use anything perfumy. Here is a pic of the bottle. It is the best bang for my buck.
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