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Thread: What Do You Use for Dry Hands?

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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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    I have terrible problems with dry cracked skin on my hands. I use Curel Ultra Healing lotion to maintain soft hands. When my hands start to get really dry in the winter I use Neutrogena hand cream at night b/c it is greasy, but after a few nights of use my hands feel a lot better.

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    Avon's silicone glove hand cream.

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    My doctor recomends a product called Aqauphor Healing Ointment made by Eucerin and is sold at walmart. It is like vaseline but much better. It healed my cracked hands and all my fingers. I realy reccomend this product Highly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kso
    Avon's silicone glove hand cream.
    Amen! That stuff is wonderful! I keep a tube in every room and one in my purse. It's not greasy and really lasts once you put it on.

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    I really like Aveeno, Intense Relief night cream. . It is not greasy.

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    Bag Balm if you can stand the smell. I had awful calluses and almost blisters on my palms from using a walker with a broken ankle and sprained other one. Ok got rid of the walker and the calluses were bugging me. I used Udderly Smooth lathered on and over night--they are almost all healed. It sinks in. I also used it on my peeling foot from the swelling--does wonders. Bag Balm heals rough heels like you would not believe.

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    Neutrogena has a couple of different creams that I like.. I use them at work also as I am continuously using the alcohol based hand sanitizers (I'm a nurse).. it has no scent and absorbs quickly.. I just love it.

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    I like Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream. But the best thing I have found yet is a whole house humidifier. Because we live in the Mojave desert the humidity is normally in the single digits. During the summer we use swamp coolers and that puts a lot of humidity in the house, but as soom as the coolers are not running 24/7, I crank up the old humidifier. You have to put a bucket of water in it every night, but it is well worth the trouble.

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    Udder Balm. It is less greasy than Bag Balm and smells better too.

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    I use Dionis lotion..it is made with goats milk, I have tried every product known to man & woman and found this works the best. It comes in many different fregrances right now I have Blue Ridge Wildflower cause I found it on vacation. They have a website www.dionissoap.com I will be going there next almost out. Good Luck

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    The Naked Bee Hand and Body Lotion
    Orange Blossom Honey is my favourite kind.

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    I use a lot of hand sanitizer through out the day which can make my hands very very dry; I apply whatever lotion I have around during the day (I keep little sample bottles in my desk drawer at work) and I night I use baby oil or organic body butter. I also add jasmine or rosemary oil to the lotion or body butter as both are good for dry skin.

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    I absolutely swear by Eucerin. I've used every over the counter cream over the years. There are several formulas. My feet are more of a problem than my hands. It's the only thing I've ever used that has really worked.

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    Find some corn huskers lotion and keep it close at hand. Heals fast, and really keeps mine from getting so dry that they crack

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    I wash my hands often volunteering, even though I wear rubber gloves all the time, still washing is mandated.

    I've used Hoof Maker for many years. A whole lot of years ago I was putting it on a horse's roughened hoof and noticed that my skin was getting soft and the nails hardened and grew better.

    Still use it as do most of the RNs who work with us. And now I use the Hoof Maker brand of Broken Arrow for shampoo and conditioner. Good for the hair.

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