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Best Hand Cream for Dry, Cracking Hands

Started 1345444349.11 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1345722853.607 by violann

I have a few hand creams I like...but I've recently noticed that my dry hands have gotten worse, and I'd like a few suggestions on new hand creams to try. TIA!! Wink

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zebragirl3­181345444514.6329 PostsRegistered 1/12/2010

I've had good luck with LaVanilla and L'Occitane... and a couple ladies on here also told me the Tokyomilk products with shea butter are really good too... what I like about all those is that they are very healing w/out being greasy. Good luck... winter is coming! :)

buyornot1345444749.7472671 PostsRegistered 7/7/2008

Lots of people like Kiehls

KatCat11345444769.3917160 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

A few suggestions. Argan oil at night or Vaseline. ALso L'Occitane the regular one in the silver tube with blue label is excellent.Smile

Fortune1345445600.582415 PostsRegistered 8/5/2009

Hi, mistri! I recommend Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve for nighttime and Vaseline Intensive Rescue Healing Hand Cream for daytime! I guarantee that that combination will heal and soothe those dry cracked hands in a day or two! Good luck!

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qualitygal1345455004.5675223 PostsRegistered 11/9/2007

For myself, the best cream for dry skin that I have come across is Liz Taylor's White Diamonds cream. I got a gift of the perfume, etc. in a gift set and I've stuck with it. It is so nice and smells so good.

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JeanLouise­Finch1345455886.57711059 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011

When I was ordering from the Alpha Hydrox sale I had a look around the site and came across their Ultra Rich Hand Therapy on closeout for $2.99/2 oz. I bought several tubes, have been using it nightly, and getting great results - soft hands, improved cuticles, etc. Even though you haven't asked, I will also mention their Silk Wrap Body Lotion w/12% glycolic acid is also doing great things for my arms, legs, and my elbows are smoother than they've been in years.

I also have to give a rec for Look Ma New Hands by Tru Blue Spa, sold at Bath & Body Works. It's a little thick and has paraffin in the ingredients so it forms a bit of a moisture seal and doesn't wash off the first time your hands hit water. We have a relative who is a surgeon and their hands get really dry from repeated washings. They like the Look Ma New Hands, too.

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Grade1Teach1345458894.70710267 PostsRegistered 12/2/2007Long Island

Good morning again, MistriTsquirrel!

So, I have a recommendation and it may sound odd. You see, my mother works in an oncology office and they give this cream to their patients going through chemo. She said they often get very dry skin from some of the treatments.

It's called, "Udderly Smooth Udder Cream". Yes, udder cream. I believe it was originally used for cows, but the people who used it found it to be so effective, that it was bottled up and sold. My husband had extremely dry, cracked hands a few years ago and my mother recommended this to him. He purchased it and LOVED it. His hands were great again in no time! I believe he purchased it as CVS.

Here's a picture. It's very cute packaging!

Udderly Smooth Udder Cream, Skin Moisturizer, 12 Ounce Jar

AngelPuppy11345459863.618725 PostsRegistered 5/26/2008

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula. It will do the trick!

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ellabell281345461693.873775 PostsRegistered 11/8/2006
I have eczema on my hands and the only hand cream that helps is The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector. I've tried many of the ones mentioned, they just didnt do anything for me. I think you might have to keep trying different ones until you find the works best for you. Good luck!

cupcake131345462817.521898 PostsRegistered 10/11/2010Kentucky
On 8/20/2012 Just MeKP said:

When I was ordering from the Alpha Hydrox sale I had a look around the site and came across their Ultra Rich Hand Therapy on closeout for $2.99/2 oz. I bought several tubes, have been using it nightly, and getting great results - soft hands, improved cuticles, etc. Even though you haven't asked, I will also mention their Silk Wrap Body Lotion w/12% glycolic acid is also doing great things for my arms, legs, and my elbows are smoother than they've been in years.

I also have to give a rec for Look Ma New Hands by Tru Blue Spa, sold at Bath & Body Works. It's a little thick and has paraffin in the ingredients so it forms a bit of a moisture seal and doesn't wash off the first time your hands hit water. We have a relative who is a surgeon and their hands get really dry from repeated washings. They like the Look Ma New Hands, too.

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I agree with the AH. I mostly use the Silk Wrap Body Lotion on my hands too. My hands are usually so bad, they crack and bleed, but since I've been using the Silk Wrap they have been so soft. I think using a Salux washcloth has helped my hands too, in a big way. My hands have never ever been so soft. The only bad thing, is now, they are a lot more sensitive, so I find when I take hot stuff from the oven, I am a bit of a wimp now. lol

inadotcoma1345463030.68134 PostsRegistered 6/19/2011
On 8/20/2012 AngelPuppy1 said:

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula. It will do the trick!

YES! YES! YES! it goes on almost waxy and makes my hands feel so smooth. also i believe the waxiness is more protective than a creamy ceam.

Goldie761345463192.632646 PostsRegistered 5/19/2012

I've found that Gold Bond - Ultimate (healing with aloe) works well, and it is available at your local drugstore.

violann1345464114.52312721 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
Not girly nor fancy but my three best are O'Keefe's, Neutrogena and Gold Bond. My hands crack open and bleed, and it helps if I start night and morning now, before it gets any cooler. I don't like the Gold Bond ointment at all- it just costs more and lies greasy on the skin. I might try it with cotton gloves. Regular Gold Bond Ultimate is fine. Also, at the end of last winter I found a great sealer for paper cuts and skin cracks that doesn't burn like the rest of the "skin glues". I'll post it later.




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MALC1345464619.28793 PostsRegistered 4/21/2011

Another vote for O'Keefe's! I discovered it 2 years ago. It healed my cracked fingers and heels that year, and I have not had the problem again. It's made for people who work outdoors, so it's heavy duty but not greasy. I too found it at Lowe's.

Brinklii1345464680.8510278 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

I have tried everything over the years as I was a dental hygienist and washed my hands 20-25 times a day, plus used hand sanitizer often.

One product I found recently that works great and is not greasy is Avon's Moisture Therapy Oatmeal hand cream (not lotion). It is very inexpensive and soothing. My hands look and feel moisturized after I use it. My hands look much older than my face from washing them so much over the years, and they really plump up and have a much younger look after I use this...plus they are not dry anymore.

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WoW1345464801.3571526 PostsRegistered 12/27/2011

Question: What soap are you using? If any type of antibacterial soap, try not using it for a while, and use Dove or SoftSoap with aloe instead.

Vamp1345464898.6311599 PostsRegistered 3/9/2007

Lots of great suggestions already, however, I'd like to add that Mary Kay Extra Emolient Night Cream is a good treatment for while you sleep. It's too greasy for daytime, but if you slather your hands with it at night and put on a pair of cotton gloves (you can buy gloves for hand treatments like this), it will help your hands heal. You can do the same for your feet and put on a pair of socks.

During the day, make sure you are wearing gloves when you are doing any yardwork or housework that involves using chemicals or submerging your hands in water (like washing dishes) as that will further protect your hands.

For day creams, I like Ahava and l'Occitane, but I think you may want to investigate something to treat your hands during the night as well. Besides MK, I also like Bag Balm (like Udderly Smooth, originally for cow's udders).

Good luck!

StarChild1345470894.841883 PostsRegistered 4/26/2008NYC

I use Curel's Ultra Healing 24 Hour Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Extra Dry Skin. I apply it to my hands and feet at night so it can really soak in and it lasts all the next day. There are other 24 hour lotions out there too like Cetaphil's which are also good. I just like the idea that I can apply it and not need to reapply until the next night.

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naturalfan1345473319.884270 PostsRegistered 1/27/2009

Don't underestimate what a good exfoliation for the hands can do too. I used Skinn DermAppeal on my hands the other night and I was surprised the difference that made. Think a good scrub might make whatever cream you use sink in better.

qvcfan5261345474495.1731091 PostsRegistered 3/14/2007Work

I agree with Grade1Teach, Udder Smoother is really good. Also I like Keri.

deeva1345475358.582097 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005stuck in the middle

I like Avon's Moisture Therapy hand cream or Neutrogena hand cream.

ive been f­ramed1345477995.592495 PostsRegistered 6/8/2012

Avon's Foot Cream, believe it or not! Figured if it works so well on my tough feet...and I like the scent! I like naturalfan's exfoliating idea, too!

theatrebiz1345483129.6771003 PostsRegistered 8/23/2007

I am a big fan of Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardner's Hand therapy. You can also buy it in a set with the exfoiliating treatment. It's a bit pricey, but I often stock up when I am near an outlet store so it's not too bad.

Aveda's hand cream is also good, but very pricey.

I agree with the other poster, sometimes a good exfoliation followed by a great cream can do wonders.

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ID21345487912.722276 PostsRegistered 6/25/2012

I found that Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source hand cream therapy is the best for my hands. Its the only product that soaks in immediately and prevents dry, bleeding hands during the winter months! {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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LuvsLabs1345502394.2672227 PostsRegistered 7/2/2012

I love Philosphy's Hands of Hope hand cream. It recently won best hand cream in some magazine I read. I also like Soap and Glory's Hand Food. They are the two best hand creams I've ever used. Hands of Hope is sold at Ulta. Soap and Glory sold at Sephora.

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