Chapped hands.

@chrislotz (8207)
Canada
February 13, 2008 10:27am CST
My hands are so dry right now they are chapped. I get these chapped hands every winter. Now I am not going outside much these days because it is so cold out, so I don't understand why they are so chapped. Iput on lots of hand creams and it helps a little, but not much. What kind of cream should I be putting on that reallt works? I think I am using a cream that isn't working and maybe isn't strong enough. I also wash my hands with a sopa that has a cream in it but that doesn't seem to be helping either. Or maybe they would be even more chapped if I wasn't using anything. So tell me, what kind of cream do you use on your hands to keep them from getting chapped?
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10 responses
• Philippines
13 Feb 08
hi cris! hey try putting petroleum gelly before putting up those hand gloves. In that way the moisture will be trapped and would cure your chapping hands. I dont have winter problems with my hands but I got dry ones whenever I would use strong detergents and soaps. I put a lot of petroleum gelly and put on surgeon's gloves and live it there overnight. aside from the no-more chappy hands my hands are so smooth and soft the following morning. try it, goodluck
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@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
13 Feb 08
Thanks, I will try that and see if it helps. this is one of the things I love about mylot so much, people helping each other.
@posham (1237)
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
i agree.. petroleum jelly is the most effective thing i know.. the most inexpensive too.. i use that in everything.. hands, feet, lips, eyelids, face.. anywhere it's needed. plus, it's safe even for toddlers' skin so you'll know your in good hands.
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• Indonesia
14 Feb 08
hi. I always spare my olive oil for 'emergency' of my skin. well, most people don't believe that I work in kitchen and wash all the dishes. perhaps because sometimes I apply olive oil (the virgin extract) on my hands. also, when my heels got dried, I would apply the oil on them too. just applying the olive oil for a minute and then I wash them again. I have no complaint for my hands and heels so far.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
16 Jul 08
My hands get very chapped in the winter as well and I get cuts on them from the chapping. My sister and daughters always tell me to put hand cream on them heavily at night and then put a pair of white gloves on and sleep with them on. I keep forgetting to do it!! I do have the gloves and just don't do it or I might not have such dry hands in the winter!! When my sister worked at a car wash in the cold she was told to use a lotion with silicon in it and it would work better.
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Since I posted this 6 months ago, I have found a hand cream with silicone in it as well, and I am using it more for when I am cleaning houses and have my hands in water. It keeps the water from soaking into my hands and drying them out. My daughter and I clean about 6 houses a day so my hands are in water alot. So this has helped a lot. Thanks.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
24 Jul 08
Yea. It happened to me when I went to China last winter. I live in hot and humid Singapore so my skin is really not used to cold and dry weather. When I was there, I kept applying moisturizer. But it was of no use, my skin was chapped when I return to Singapore. I continued applying moisturizer once every few hours and after a couple of weeks, my hands went back to normal. Don't give up! Keep applying moisturizer.
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• Philippines
14 Feb 08
i don't know if petroleum jelly would work for u. but i sure worked for me. when i had chapped hands and feet... i put on petroleum jelly and let it on overnight. i would put socks both on my feet and my hands. sure i looked funny but the chappines was gone after couple days.
@smalone (19)
• United States
14 Feb 08
I am not sure all the methods you have tried but I have a good friend tat was going thru the same thing. I sell a massage candle that is made of soy wax. He used it faithfully every night after his bath and hands started to see significant change within the week. It is just a warm oil from the candle that you massage into your hands just like lotion. He now uses it two to three times a week to maintain the softness.
@laurika (4537)
• United States
14 Feb 08
It doesn matter if you are going outside or not, since your hands would be even worst. but i don't know what is the weather there but here is really windy and that wind dry out moisture from your hands. even if you are inside the house, you skin can feel it. I have the same problem for many years and the best i find to use is nivea cream. It is very rich hand lotion and you should put a rich film of lotion on your hand and massage to skin. Also be careful if you wash your hand and then dry them. try to dry them to perfection, because if they are only a little wet , the air would dry , but the hands will look worse. Also for night put thicker film of lotion on your hand and put on the cotton gloves. Your hands will look really good in the morning and feel soft too.
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• United States
13 Feb 08
I used to have the same problem. Have you ever tried bag balm? It's made for cow's utters but, it works really well on humans too. I buy those plastic surgeon type gloves at the dollar store. I put on the bag balm and then put on the gloves. Works like a charm every time.
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
14 Feb 08
I use either gold bond or neutrogena for dry skin with no fragrance. it's the best so far those two. After house chores I will apply it and so far it works. I apply twice when going outside.
@biggerb (2030)
• India
14 Feb 08
I use petroleum jelly.I find this the most effective compared to all other creams and moisturisers.I puton my gloves too after applying the petroleum jelly.I do the same for my feet too.