Monday, October 16, 2006

Lend Me a Hand

My hands always get dry and chapped every winter. I mean, they get bad-- to the point that putting lotion on stings. It must be a combination of the cold weather, heaters, and washing my hands every 10 minutes at work every day. Thus every winter I'm faced with the struggle to find a hand lotion that could work small miracles for me, but usually to no avail-- I still end up with chapped, cracked hands.

Last year I made a startling discovery though-- Hemp Hand Protector ($6 for 1.25oz) from The Body Shop. When I spread some of the tester onto my chapped hands, I felt immediate relief, that lasted. I used it constantly after that, though by then temperatures were already rising again and I was needing it less and less.

Well, as of this month I started noticing my hands feeling dryer again. I tried to put hand lotion on after each time I washed my hands at work (Bath & Body Works Hand Repair Healing Hand Cream, $12 or buy 3 get 1 free) which helped, but couldn't do enough. Then I re-discovered my Hemp lotion, and started using it every night before I went to bed-- and immediately I noticed a difference in my hands. Now I hardly even need to use lotion during the day, even after washing my hands so often. I'm amazed, to say the least. Now, this hand lotion can feel a bit greasy after I put it on, but that's why it's perfect for beditme-- I let it sink in overnight, and I get to enjoy soft, happy hands all day long!
Hemp Hand Protector, you are my savior.


Erika said...

My friend was just telling me about this hand cream. She loves it!

yummy411 said...

i can't wait to try this as i'm tired of the dry ash appearing on my hands quicker than usual.. it's not even winter yet!

Anonymous said...

Helping Hands and Smitten from Lush ( also work wonders.

Fashionista said...

I'm getting my own tomorrow, first thing!
I have the exact same problem as you (had). Dry, chapped hands, literally.. my skin starts cracking open at it's worst. Nothing has worked for me untill now, can't wait to try this out!