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Midwest winters wreak havoc on my hands. I can literally feel the cold, dry air sucking the moisture from my hands, not to mention the constant hand washing and dreaded dishes. My hands get itchy, my cuticles crack, and my skin feels rough and painful. I know I’m not alone in this…
So I turned to my favorite source of advice, our Little Lake County readers! I hate wasting money on products that don’t deliver on what they promise. So I wanted something tried and tested that wasn’t greasy. We all know petroleum jelly works, but seriously, no one wants to feel like an oil slick — just ewww.
Here are our readers’ top picks for non-greasy winter hand relief along with some editor recommendations. There’s a lot of people counting on those hands, so take care of them!
Top Products for Dry, Cracked Hands
Neutrogena Hand Cream
Those Norwegians know a thing or two about cold weather, but it begs the question, isn’t Neutrogena headquartered in Los Angeles? Regardless, their “Norwegian Formula” Hand Cream is a tried and true favorite for some of our readers that’s perfect for everyday use.
Perfectly Posh Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème
Perfectly Posh makes pampering cruelty-free products in the USA using natural ingredients. Their Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème comes in a variety of fragrances with sassy names like Hot Mess, Hello Sweetie, Lil Snarky, Happy Dance and more. Our reader Sonja said,
I LOVE Perfectly Posh..I typically hate lotion due to being greasy or burns..Perfectly Posh is neither..and no I am not a rep
Mary Kay Satin Hands
Mary Kay Cosmetics is still the reigning Queen of Multi-Level Marketing simply because folks love their products. Our reader Jennifer says,
Get Peach. ..non scented is blah.
Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream
Our Managing Editor, Jennifer, favors Gold Bond which promises to nourish and repair. I’ve shaken her hand and can testify it is neither greasy nor rough and indeed, the air surrounding Jennifer is perfumed by a “light fresh scent.” Dare we assume, it is all to do with the hand cream?
The Hands-Down Winner
See what I did there? I deserve a raise for my wordsmith skills. But without further ado, the overwhelming recommendation from our readers was [drum roll…]
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
Now my hands are bad, but my husband’s hands (and I say this with all the love in my heart) are simply atrocious. Thick callouses, fingertips that split open, and he can scratch your back with the palm of his hand instead of his fingernails. A pretty picture I know.
So I have to admit, he brought home this miraculous green tub home a few weeks ago. With our hectic schedules, there’s just hasn’t been enough time for hand-holding and long walks through the meadow, so I never discerned any difference. He kept telling me to try it, but frankly, I am embarrassed to admit, I was biased.
Its green, utilitarian packaging reminded me of a product you would find at Ace Hardware instead of an overpriced cosmetic boutique. Didn’t my precious skin deserve better? Didn’t it deserve french lavender, mango seed butter, and beeswax collected from bees fed exclusively on organic flowers ethically harvested by indigenous peoples? I gave in to packaging prejudice. I am so ashamed.
After the resounding chorus of positive reviews from our readers, I tried it. I expected it to look like some sort of automotive lubricant, but it was a light, whipped, white cream that melted instantly into my skin. I literally heard my hands sigh with relief! It was in no way greasy, but it did coat my hands in a film. It was a little weird at first, but the protection lasted through several hand washes. This was a product that actually delivered on its promise!
As I type this testimonial, I am frequently pausing to rub my newly soft hands across my cheek. Because I am weird. But also because I can’t believe how well it works. My children no longer recoil at the touch of my once-reptilian hands. Heck, I might even invite my husband on one of those long walks through a meadow, but I’ll have to ask you guys for your favorite tick repellent first.
Did we fail to mention your favorite product for winter hand relief? Tell us about it!
When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home.
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