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With frequent hand washing, there can be some uncomfortable side-effects of protecting ourselves against germs. Dry, cracked skin can lead to painful sores, which are only exacerbated by more hand-washing techniques.
In order to make sure that your skin stays moisturized and healthy, dermatologists recommend looking out for thick hand creams that lock in moisture.
“Formulations containing petrolatum or mineral oil are best to create a protective effect,” explained Dr. Sonya Abdulla, MD, FRCPC, a dermatologist at Toronto’s Dermatology on Bloor clinic. “These typically come in a tube and are preferable to lighter moisturizers that come in a pump.”
One affordable cream that fits the bill is O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream, which retails for just $10 online.
What is it
This convenient tube version of the classic hand cream offers relief from extremely dry, cracked hands thanks to its rich, nourishing formula. Made from a blend of mineral oil and paraffin, it creates a protective barrier that traps moisture on the skin’s surface to help repair extreme dryness.
Its unscented formulation has been clinically proven to instantly boost moisture levels and help prevent further moisture loss for guaranteed results. Simply apply a small drop to hands after washing, bathing or before bed in order to get the best results.
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What shoppers are saying
Reviewers have called this protective hand cream “highly efficient,” “long-lasting” and even “miraculous,” which is evident by its 4.6 star rating on more than 6,000 reviews.
“I suffer from dry, cracking hands even though I'm not a labourer by any means,” said one five-star reviewer. “Working Hands managed to actually help heal the painful cracks on my hands like magic overnight. I apply a few times daily, mostly before bed, and haven't had any more painful cracks since I started using it a few weeks ago.”
“The cream works great - better than expected,” raved another. “The directions state to use a tiny pea-sized amount and that is all you need. There is no smell, very little residue immediately after applying and it moisturizes well in a way that lasts. Highly recommend this product.”
Some reviewers have noted that this cream can take some time to absorb, but following the instructions to apply a small amount of lotion is the best way to avoid any stickiness.
“I get such dry hands in the winter, I usually lotion every time I wash my hands and they’re still dry,” reads one review. “This actually works as advertised. Use a small amount as instructed, or you get sticky skin.”
If you’re looking to soothe extremely dry skin, this lotion is a great and affordable option to reach for. It’s ideal if you work with your hands and are in need of some extra nourishment, but just want a no-frills moisturizer to get the job done.
If on the other hand, you’re looking for a soothing hand cream that features calming aromatherapy or essential oils, you may want to pass on this lotion.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.