- VERY moisturizing!
- No perfume added (it has a very light Macadamia Nut smell to me, but it disappears quickly)
- Lasting results
- It leaves a slight "film" on your hands. It's difficult to describe. The film ISN'T greasy or uncomfortable, but it sort of feels like your hands are going to sweat. I hesitate to mention it because it's such a non-factor considering all the good this cream does, but it may irritate some in humid and/or hot summer weather.
Finally, a hand cream that not only does not irritate my eczema, it heals it! For years I have been plagued with dry fingertips and cuticles. In the winter and after frequent handwashing, they will often split and crack, which is both painful and embarassing. Over the years I have tried just about every hand cream, both high and low end, as well as oils, butters, salves, baby products, AHA products, diabetic products - basically, every time a new "intensive hand cream" comes out and is touted as the be-all, end-all, I buy it and am inevitably let down. I had the best results with Gold Bond Shea, but it triggered a nasty bout of eczema on my left hand. It was so painful it actually blistered and cracked. Cortisone cream made it burn like it was on fire. Eczema products did nothing but irritate. I had to develop a system where I put moisturizer on my fingertips to keep them from cracking, but avoided the rest of my hand for fear of further irritating the eczema. I had to stop wearing my wedding ring, it was that bad.
Cue a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy a dish drying mat. I needed to bump up my total to use a coupon and was looking around for cheap impulse buys. The bright green hockey puck of Working Hands caught my eye. I loved the rubberized, portable container. I of course pulled up makeupalley on my smart phone and saw the glowing reviews. I also knew BBB has a stellar return policy, so I figured, what do I have to lose?
Once I was I was in the car, I cracked the tub open. Hmmm, pleasant, non-greasy texture, similar to dry cold cream. Absolutely no scent at all, not even that plasticy, chemical aroma so many "unscented" products have. And then, I tentatively put some on my eczema, bracing for the burn. WOW! It felt so soothing! It melted into my skin and instantly softened the scaly patches. No burning, no stinging, no itching, no blistering. Best of all, no greasy feel when gripping the steering wheel. I was an instant convert!
That was three months ago, and I have been faithfully using it every night since then. The eczema is GONE (I have discovered that it comes back if I am really negligent and don't use Working Hands for three nights in a row). My hands have not cracked or split once this winter, despite washing my hands constantly. As to cost, I believe it was about seven dollars, and my tub is still half full and should make it to at least six months.
What Working Hands does not do: in my opinion, it really is not a moisturizer. It is a soothing balm that repairs the skin's natural barrier (it even says as much on the packaging). If you have exceptionally dry hands you might need an additional product, maybe something with shea butter. It does not exfoliate, so if, like me, you require exfoliation, you will need to use an additional product (I use Alpha Hydroxy problem area cream on my cuticles and then use a nail brush in the shower). And, if used too frequently, it will leave a whitish residue around your nails that lasts even through hand-washing (evidence that it is working? maybe, but unattractive). I have found that once a day at night is sufficient for me unless I have really abused my hands.
Seriously, just try it - what do you have to lose?
I'm a hand cream junkie... I have dry hands and I love to have nice soft cuticles too. I had read about this hand balm a while ago and when I saw it at Bed Bath and Beyond I grabbed a jar. I opened it in the car on the way home and like everything about it: NO SCENT at all [a big plus for me!], good quality packaging and great amount of product for the price, not goopy, not greasy. I dabbed a bit on my hands and it is not slick/silky... it's thick... and dries to kind of a matte powdery texture... it's hard to describe. It lasts through a light hand washing and seems to last quite a while. Def a good find!
My mom originally bought this for my husband and he raved about it so I tried it as well. I love it! Super hydrating and no scent. My HG hand cream.
Love! Originally bought it as a stocking stuffer for my husband who works construction, car audio building, and whatever carpentry I put him up to on the side. He's also a finger-nibbler, so needless to say his hands are always torn up. We both love how soft it makes your hands. And the scentless formula is a plus for a man. Their foot cream has practically the same ingredients, so I imagine the two could easily be interchangeable. Grab some at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a 20% coupon!
dis sheet is da bomb ditty bomb. a tiny bit goes a long way. works magically. in 2 days my skin was remarkably different. i swear. a lot actually.
I work at a custom glass studio, making stained glass windows, so wearing latex gloves is a constant reality. This past year I developed a very serious rash due to the chafing from wearing those gloves. Tried switching glove brands, things got worse. Finally had to use prescription cortisone cream because the rash had become an infection as the skin was no longer able to heal properly.
God BLESS the sales clerk at the local hardware store...the jars of Working Hands at checkout beckoned so I asked her if she'd heard anything good about this product, and I showed her my hands. She said absolutely it will heal up my hands, she told me her husband works in construction and it saved his hands as well.
I bought a jar and decided to apply it in the car on my way home, I was so desperate to see the results.
Within a few minutes my hands were tingling, and I thought oh no it's an allergic reaction, my skin is so raw and sensitive here we go again.
By the time we got home (15 minutes later) the tingling had subsided, and a soothing sensation set in. A few hours later my hands looked better already, and within a few days I kid you not, it was as though they'd never suffered. I have NEVER had such a great outcome/result in a hand cream, period.
Signed up for life on this one!
If they can figure out something as effective for the face, I'm in...!
I picked up a half dozen of these the last time I was at Lee Valley. My husband keeps one at work and one in his night table and I keep one in the kitchen. My husband (probably like a lot of men) doesn't use hand cream as much as he should as a PREVENTIVE and so every winter, the skin on his finger tips gets so dry that it cracks and splits and he tries to use this as an excuse never to have to scrub a pot (doesn't work...I get him nice new rubber gloves every few months!). When we first got a tub of Working Hands, he was more than a little amazed at how well it worked and how quickly it made a marked difference in the cracked skin on his finger tips. He particularly likes that it doesn't feel greasy and although he does reapply in the daytime when he needs it, he likes the night-time application idea. Now, he tries to remember to apply it every night and I use it often too. I've also found it to be very good on my heels. I'd love to be able to find their foot cream as well, but Lee Valley only has the hand cream. Last week, my sis-in-law and her boyfriend were here and he was saying that the skin on his finger tips was cracking badly. I gave him a tub of this stuff (like I say, I've got half a dozen - now 5 - "in reserve"). He's quite amazed by it too. The packaging of this is a round tub and the lid is designed so that it's easy to get a "finger-hold" on it to open it.
Same ingredients (different color package) as O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet cream, which I recently added to the product reviews. It's possible that the two (hand and foot creams) are interchangeable. I don't think I'd use on my face as one reviewer suggests. I don't think I'd use on my hands either, come to think of it - when I put it on my feet, I don't love the residue it leaves on my hands. For feet, though, it rules.
Long story short--buy it, and don't be afraid to use it on your face, too!!!
Now long story--I saw this advertised in a magazine and looked up some reviews...decided to take a chance on it since I tend to get a split on the side of my thumb every few weeks even though I use a lot of lotion (I also wash my hands a lot, so...) I stopped at Lowe's specifically for this stuff and found it in the painting aisle (down a bit from painting tape.) However, I wasn't REALLY buying it for my hands.
One man said in a review (not here) that he used it for his nose and it seemed to work very well, so not to be afraid to try the product on the face. I happened to have a cystic zit that wouldn't heal so I finally messed with it just to get it healing...which always leaves me with a small patch of dry, peeling skin while it heals so I wanted to try this stuff on it. I was afraid it might clog my pores, but frankly I've been breaking out so much (lots of small ones that are just bumps) that I figured I wasn't risking much anyway.
The lotion is a bit more on the solid side, but it liquifies to body heat fairly well...in fact, the directions say to use this at night since body temp increases and that makes the product work better. I put it on my face and I could feel a little tingling where I had been messing around, but nothing near uncomfortable (the box says you may feel this and it's alright.) I can see why some people might feel this is greasy, but I'm not sure I'd use that word...but it certainly did not sink in entirely...I could still feel a little of it when I washed my face in the morning, but it came off with my facial cleanser with no problem.
I've used it for the last 3 nights, and not only has it not clogged my pores, but I have actually seen a decrease in the number of bumps--a benefit I was certainly NOT expecting! Since it's made for open breaks caused by extreme dryness, I'm wondering if it might have some antibacterial properties? Anyhow, it certainly did not clear all of my zits and get rid of all of my dry skin over my bump in one night, but it did help right off and I have seen definite improvement with use.
For nearly 3 weeks I was using lemon juice on my skin at night and letting it sit all night long in an attempt to get the upper hand of my acne, and it helped some but not nearly like this stuff seems to be, and keeping this stuff beside the bed instead of traipsing to the fridge and back every night is certainly more convenient. It's not a miracle cure, but it's worth the money! (I think it's nearly $7 for 3.4 ounces, which is relatively expensive so I may keep it for only my face, but for a facial moisturizer that keeps zits at bay, I feel that's very reasonable!)
I'll be interested to keep an eye on the reviews for this product and see how others feel about it.