suggestions welcome

 hey friends! i’m open to suggestions on GOOD hand lotions. my poor hands are SOOOOO dry these days… they feel like sand paper (no joke – no exaggeration – my rough skin has actually gotten "caught" on sheets and clothing in the past two weeks). i FINALLY realized WHY they’re so dry: i use hand sanitizer all the time (after changing davey’s diaper, after cleaning his spit up, when i get into the car after being in the mall or walmart or costco or the grocery store – you get the idea…) and i RARELY remember to use hand lotion, so my poor hands are dry, cracking and the slightest bump or scratch can cause a little bit of bleeding (oops)! 

 

so last night i put some lotion on them… my attempt to promote healing, i guess. and my hands were splotchy red (red being where the lotion touched the driest parts of my hands). and since i’m pretty frugal with some stuff (like lotion – i’ve never really taken the time to buy the good stuff) i need some advice from my friends. it’s not really an option for me to stop using the hand sanitizer so much, so hit me with your suggestions and advice for some GOOD LOTION (keeping in mind that i don’t really like the smell of a lot of things – especially "flowery" smells – sensitivity on my part and allergies w/ sensitivity on dave’s part). 

 

so hit me… with your suggestions, please!   :)

 

 

17 thoughts on “suggestions welcome

  1. I have a suggestion that is a little different than plain lotion. With all the hand washing I do at home and when traveling for work, I started to put neosporin on my cuticles and knuckles when I’m in the car and before I go to sleep to give my hands time to heal–and it makes a huge difference! When I do put lotion on, I try to use the thicker body creams so that it doesn’t all come off every time you wash your hands. That’s my 2 cents–give the neosporin a try–people think it’s a little odd, but it sure does moisturize and heal!!

  2. It was good to see you the other day. I like Satin Hands too, although the affects are short-lived when i use it. I agree, creams are better than lotions, stay on longer. When mine have gotten that bad I’ve used foot lotion that promotes “dry cracked feet”. weird, but it worked well. At night, try putting on a cream, then wearing those special gloves to keep it hydrated over night. I’ve gotten them at Target and Fred Meyer, they work well. The sock ones are good too.

  3. Hey Tam!
    I’m finally catching back up on your blog… :) I get behind reading them and then have to catch up. Davey is so cute.
    First – THANK YOU for that adorable sleeper you sent for Mia!!! I’m finally almost done writing my thank you notes, so yours will be coming – I haven’t forgotten. It’s so cute and she’s worn it lots already.
    Also, I have the exact same problem with my hands!!! Seriously, they crack and bleed very easily in the winter – especially b/c I wash my hands ALL the time and with pumping, I have to wash the equipment so much. I too, have done the neosporin thing that Jenn mentioned. Jon laughs at me b/c I go to bed with neosporin and bandaids all over my knuckles… I look like I got into a fist fight or something… :)
    I really do like the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream… it’s really thick, but not greasy. I try and keep one in the car, one in the diaper bag, one at home…
    Hope that helps and hope you’re doing well!!! Love you!

  4. I use baby lotion a lot! I also use Aquaphor. Jacob had a problem with dry skin last winter and this was what the pediatrician told us to use on him. It can be greasy as it’s more of an ointment so I use it over night and it works well. My hands feel pretty soft in the mornings.

  5. I like the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream too. I also LOVE Arbonne’s Sea Salt Scrub & Hand Cream. It’s wonderful and feels like you’ve just been to the spa. Such a wonderful, pampering treat in the midst of a day full of dirty diapers and spit up. I know an Arbonne consultant that lives just around the corner from you. Email me if you’d like her name and number.

  6. I like the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream too. I also LOVE Arbonne’s Sea Salt Scrub & Hand Cream. It’s wonderful and feels like you’ve just been to the spa. Such a wonderful, pampering treat in the midst of a day full of dirty diapers and spit up. I know an Arbonne consultant that lives just around the corner from you. Email me if you’d like her name and number.

  7. I like the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream too. I also LOVE Arbonne’s Sea Salt Scrub & Hand Cream. It’s wonderful and feels like you’ve just been to the spa. Such a wonderful, pampering treat in the midst of a day full of dirty diapers and spit up. I know an Arbonne consultant that lives just around the corner from you. Email me if you’d like her name and number.

  8. I like the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream too. I also LOVE Arbonne’s Sea Salt Scrub & Hand Cream. It’s wonderful and feels like you’ve just been to the spa. Such a wonderful, pampering treat in the midst of a day full of dirty diapers and spit up. I know an Arbonne consultant that lives just around the corner from you. Email me if you’d like her name and number.

  9. I second all the suggestions so far. I do find that nighttime is HUGE for the healing process. I’m a Bath and Body Works fan, but I know their scents might be a bit much. Their “Healing Hand Cream” has been my favorite. I’ve been out for awhile, so don’t know if they still carry it. I also use their body cream on my hands. Also we got some for Jim from there (albeit a couple of years ago) call “Lay It On Thick”, which had a mildly coconut smell, but wasn’t girlie. That stuff is REALLY thick and very healing. I’ve heard of people effectively using Vaseline, too. Something my mom used to use (and she had SEVERE skin issues due to allergies) was “Bag Balm”. It really did start out as something for cow udders, but is now made for human use. (She used it when it was still for cows!) It’s truly amazing. One last suggestion – when you ARE near a sink, you might consider ditching the sanitizer and just washing instead. A lot of liquid soaps have moisturizer in them and not all the drying agents like the sanitizer. Cracked hands are the pits. Good luck!

  10. I agree with Megan. The hand sanitizers are basically rubbing alcohol which is very drying. It seems that I’ve seen some that also contain moisturizer, though . But if you are in a place where you can wash, that is probably the best way to go. And moisturize every time you wash. Also, you might try Boudreaux’s Butt Paste . I’ve read that it works well because it repels water but has some ingredient that actually heals the skin as well. Great Grandma likes Curel lotion. Good luck! Love you!

  11. just a little tip – when you start using lotion, the best way to lock in moisture is if your hands are still damp from washing. you don’t need to do this if you use a thicker ointment, b/c it already has the moisture in it. :) and i really like ahava – from, where else – the dead sea! but it is a bit pricey. awesome stuff though. good luck!

  12. Hey Tam. I second the washing your hands instead of the sanitizer when possible suggestion. I love Aveno lotion products. Also, we use Eucerin twice a day on Markus’ eczema. It’s thick, so I would suggest putting it on your hands at nighttime. I have used it at times when my hands are super dry, and it’s amazing.

  13. Well, what a great way to get us moving on saying hello you! I have missed reading your blog for too many days. I love the Lemon Hand Cream at Bath and Body, branded as a C.O. Bigelow product. But my hands down (sorry) fav is Aveda’s hand cream. Take Care, Tam!

  14. From a fellow “germ phob” when it comes to our lil’ guys, I recommend washing more than just using sanitizer…especially after dirty diapers, spit up, etc. when you are probably near a sink.

    But if you really want a good lotion, you are in luck! I just joined the Mary Kay team THIS morning and can get you hooked up to some of the awesome Satin Hands lotion. :) (Their face lotion is wonderful too…I just started using it and am hooked!)

    Let me know! Amy

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