Sappy title, but I couldn’t resist.
Some while ago I wrote about how difficult it was to keep my hands happy, especially during the winter months. Cracking, flaking, dry skin is no fun, and for me it’s a constant battle keeping them healthy.
A dear friend sent me a package after that post with several creams and lotions to try. I tried them all, and a couple of them helped more than what I’d been using, but I still struggled.
A couple weeks ago The Dearliest made a breakthrough.
He’d been cutting and hanging drywall for days, and every night he came home with bleeding, broken hands. It was bad. At first he tried his usual treatments, but it just couldn’t keep up with the work.
Out of desperation he applied lanolin cream, and the result was astounding. Overnight his cuts and splits healed enough they weren’t painful anymore, and he said his hands stayed moisturized for another day and a half.
So I tried it on my hands, and the first thing I noticed was it didn’t sting at all. Overnight my red, dry, bleeding knuckles became almost normal, and even after washing dishes by hand I got about a day of protection with it.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before! We got more of it, and now it’s part of the daily routine. Thanks to lanolin cream, I’m able to play piano and violin without discomfort, and I even pulled out some yarn the other day (try crocheting with dry skin…it doesn’t work).
(As an aside, O’Keefe’s Working Hands my current “maintenance” hand cream. It lasts, isn’t sticky or oily, and is very effective even when I’m washing dishes or giving baths. It stings on damaged skin, though.)
Do you have experience with lanolin or another healing cream? I’d be curious to hear in the comments!