Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Let's Talk About Hand Lotion

I experience two downsides to quilting. Loose threads all over my clothes and rugs.  And dry hands because fondling handling fabric frequently strips the skin of natural oils. 

To compensate, I've become a frequent user of hand lotion.  Pictured below are my current favorites.

My absolute favorite is on the left, Nuxe Reve de Miel (dream of honey).  It is very effective without feeling greasy and the honey scent is wonderfully uplifting.  I also like the size, small enough to carry around but big enough to last (it is not a sample size).  Nuxe is a European company that unfortunately stopped selling in the US about two years ago.  I still find some of their products on Amazon but at high prices.  I'm left with one of two tubes I bought in Germany last summer.

The product in the middle is the one I find most effective when my hands are very dry, Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream.  It is deeply moisturizing without feeling at all greasy, and lasts a long time.  But it is unscented/fragrance free and I prefer the little sensorial boost I get from a nicely scented product. 

The product on the right, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream, has a different feel from most hand lotions.  It is more of a gel and absorbs very fast, without any residue feeling at all but leaves skin with a very smooth feel.  If you don't like the feel of hand lotion, you might enjoy this product.  It contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts then holds in moisture, so it really hydrates dry skin.  (Don't be scared by the word "acid;"  hyaluronic acid is kind to skin.)  It has a light, barely perceptible scent. 

(Full disclosure:  I am employed by Johnson & Johnson, the company that markets the Aveeno and Neutrogena brands.  But nobody asked me to write this.  I don't think my co-workers are even aware I have this blog.) 

How do you take care of dry hands?  Oh, and to cope with loose threads, I have lint brushes stashed around the house.  Mine are old and nameless but I've heard this one is very good, as are the adhesive rollers. 

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  1. I got some Bath & Body hyaluronic body lotion. Really nice! Also, Aquaphor healing for finger cracks. Avon Moisture Therapy is also good.

  2. Have you tried Glove in a Bottle? I like it because you can use it when you are quilting. It doesn't leave any residue on your hands that is then transferred to the fabric. https://www.amazon.com/Gloves-Bottle-Shielding-Lotion-Grease-less/dp/B000UBM1BA/ref=asc_df_B000UBM1BA/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167116521796&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13260072133286109014&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033386&hvtargid=pla-307389790066&psc=1

  3. I'll look for that Neutragena lotion, as I usually fare pretty well with their products. My go to is Gold Bond Softening lotion. For me, it goes on and absorbs right away unless I get too much. For the little tiny cracks on my fingers, I apply some bacitracin and a bandage and try to wear that as much as possible.

  4. hahaha so I reached for my Aveeno (Avena is Spanish for Oatmeal)to put on just as I started in on your post :) I also like a scent but with one daughter who is a bit sensitive I tend to buy products with out fragrances...fabric does tend to dry out the hands.

  5. Thank you for this. I am going to look for the Neutrogena cream; it looks like there are a few additional good suggestions in the other comments.

  6. I struggle with dry hands all year, but particularly during the winter months, thanks so much for the reviews, I'll look for the Aveeno and Neutrogena products at my local pharmacy, I'm a big fan of both lines. I use L'Occitane but am always looking for something better. How is it I've known you all these years and did not know you worked for Johnson & Johnson? Not that it matters, but fascinating all the same. I've had computer issues all year, I couldn't leave comments on other blogs or reply to any comments on my blog, all I could do was post. This morning I vowed to sit at my computer and not get up until I figured things out, and I did, finally. We have such a wonderful quilting community I"m so happy to be back in it 100%

  7. on another un-quilty blog, One Good Thing by Jillee, I found a recipe for a healing salve: 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 1/4 cup olive or almond oil in a double boiler (I use a glass measuring cup in a small pan of water). Once heated, add 1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets and stir till melted. Take off the heat and add some drops of lavender oil, stir in. I use a bamboo skewer to stir. Then pour the hot fluid into two small jars and allow to cool. Anti bacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, this is great on burns, scrapes, or just as a daily moisturizer. I use this on my face, hands, neck, arms, feet... Do not handle fabric after using this. If you put too much on, use a facial tissue to gently remove excess. If you are not a fan of lavender, use your favorite essential oil.


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