Wednesday, December 15, 2010

a sure sign of winter

I run my dishwasher more than I should for a reason: I've seen the toll that washing dishes the old fashioned way every day can take on youthful hands. But if dirty dishes won't do me in, then winter surely will. I woke up one morning last week with dry, cracked, and bleeding knuckles.  I use lotion every morning and am now applying cortisone cream to the worst spots.

Any tips? My hands need help!

6 comments:

Doctor Blondie said...

Baby butt cream (Bepanthen). It's the best thing ever. Apart from facing winter and dirty dishes I also have to wash my hands after each patient.

Esther said...

I like Eucerin. I have tried a few of their different lotions and they are all great for severely dry skin!

http://www.eucerinus.com/products.html

Kelli Elisabeth said...

my mom faithfully used Bag Balm while we lived in Vermont- a very cold, windy, dry place. Maybe it will be helpful for you!

Jennifer V said...

Bepanthen isn't available in the US. So, I recommend using the hydrocortisone 1% when your knuckles are cracked. Then also use a thick ointment for moisturizing. Eucerin, Aquaphor, Neutrogena hand cream, and Bag Balm all fit that description. Just remember that a small amount goes a long way; otherwise, you will end up with sticky hands.

Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

I have a terrible time with my hands in the winter, too. Since I don't have a dishwasher (wah!) I slather on hand cream and use rubber gloves when washing dishes. The hot water and gloves really help the cream sink in.

VA said...

A friend of mine who is a surgeon got me hooked on the NO CRACK creme from Restoration Hardware store. I love the Shore scented one but that is no scent too. Use it 3 times a day. In the morning I put it on under my gloves. Not greasy at all!