There's nothing like the combination of cold weather, too much washing up in hot water and frequent use of alcohol hand gels and foams to completely dry out your hands. Add to that a fear of catching the dreaded norovirus that induces constant handwashing, it's no surprise my hands are looking a little worse for wear night now. Oh, and to top it all off - part of my current placement involves sitting in on dermatology clinics. That's generally three to four hours thinking about, talking about and examining skin. You know when you start thinking about an itch and then can't ignore it? My poor hands generally look even worse when I come out of a dermatology clinic. Just slightly ironic...
I do usually have a tube of hand cream lurking in the bottom of my bag, but usually they've come from gift sets and aren't really the best creams for my especially dry hands. I had been using a Burt's Bees Honey & Grapeseed cream that was soothing, but smelt a bit funny and didn't seem to be actually doing much to help with the dryness.
Sadly a timetable clash meant that I missed the dermatology tutorial that came with free samples of various skin creams, but last weekend I did pop into Boots and pick up a tube of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It was on offer at £2.77 (normally £3.69).
It's supposedly the stuff that Norwegian fishermen use, and I'd like to bet that they probably have hands way worse than mine! This cream promises "immediate and lasting relief for even the most dry hands." A 50ml tube of concentrated cream should last over 200 applications because you only need the smallest dab to work into your hands.
The product itself is almost more like a gel than a cream. A small amount does go a long way, but I do have to apply it straight to the areas where I need it, rather than just squeezing it onto my palm and rubbing it in. It absorbs into the skin very quickly which is perfect - no waiting around with greasy, slippery hands!
I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin too - my hands have been far less dry and cracked since using this about twice a day.It feels much more nourishing than other hand creams I've used before which have felt great, but only for about half an hour before my hands feel dried out again.
The hand cream is unscented which is great for skin that's easily irritated and I think that's probably another reason why I've found this to be so helpful.
From now on, I'll always be carrying a tube of this around in my bag - and can continue washing my hands to stop spreading infections or picking up any nasty bugs myself!
What are your favourite products for dry hands?