Help! I Have Hideous Dry, Cracking Hands!

With cold and the flu going around, I am washing my hands constantly. As a result, they are dry and cracking! So our staff put together their favorite products to make our hands look good again!

Moisturizing soap.
Steal: Jergens Moisturizing Hand Wash comes in an almond cherry scent and lathers great for kids, $6.99.
or Mountain Falls Moisturizing Hand Soap is paraben-free and contains aloe vera. You can get a 4-pack for under $25

Splurge: Diptyque Softening Hand Wash, Soothes, hydrates and tones with calming floral scents. $86/

Hand creams.
Steal:  Aquaphor Healing OintmentWe feel like this is a miracle cream. se it to protect or sooth dry skin, chapped lips, eczema, cracked hands. A great deal at only $9.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is Heather’s choice: it’s non-greasy and fast-working only $6.50 for a 3.4 oz jar.

Mid-range: • Mederma Hand & Body Lotion: Our wellness editor, Dr. Karen Latimer, worked with Mederma and did some research behind their ingredients and really likes this product, $19.

Splurge: Ahava’s Time to Smooth Age Perfecting Hand Cream Besides moisturizing, it’s anti-againg. It lessens the appearance of dark spots and evens out skin tone.

This will remove the dead scaly skin and allow your moisturizer to soak in, as long as you remember to moisturize right after your shower. As the functionality of exfoliating is more physical than chemical, any decent brand should be fine but we like:
Calily Life Organic Coconut Milk Scrub. It contains high-grade Coconut milk, rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, iron and magnesium, on sale for $12.

Additional products to use:
Use a few drops of Vitamin E Oil, $6.95
•  Wear rubber gloves when you clean or wash dishes.
• At night, wear Gel Moisturizing Gloves, $9.
• Use a cool mist humidifier like this one. You probably have one in one of your closets!




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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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