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Marg in Mirror
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Canada
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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  4:54:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
I have a slow thyroid and live in Southern Alberta (think DRY)...and so I've tried all sorts of lotions and creams over the years. The best I've found so far is Avon's "Skin So Soft Age-Defying Hand Cream". I use it morning and night (at minimum) and it works well for me. :-)

-- Marg (but it's a dry cold!) in Calgary

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metromaples
Seriously Hooked

USA
878 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2005 :  08:55:44 AM  Show Profile Send metromaples a Private Message
My own lotion is my fav. I make it richer (think higher concentration of oils and butters) in the winter. I gave sample bottles to my knit night buds a couple months ago and they all said, this is going in my knitting bag.

Jeri
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Imknittin
Chatty Knitter

USA
171 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2005 :  10:57:56 AM  Show Profile Send Imknittin a Private Message
I also really like the aveda...good moisture and not too greasy!

Angie
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fmarrs
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USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2005 :  11:02:00 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
A lot of lotions, like Aveeno, contain oatmeal. More and more are coming out using it all the time. I've been adding oatmeal to all my lotions for years. I could give you complicated directions on how to do it but for the past 2 years, I've been just using an ounce or two of baby oatmeal and pouring it into the bottle and then shaking it. After a few hours it is undetectable in the lotion but improves it a lot. There is one precaution, however. My granddaughter bought my last box of baby oatmeal and when I went to pour it in, dehydrated strawberries fell out. I guess she thought I wanted to eat it.

fran

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btchwstix
Chatty Knitter

Canada
208 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2005 :  1:04:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit btchwstix's Homepage Send btchwstix a Private Message
Crabtree and Evelyn's "Gardeners Hand Therapy Cream". Wonderful. Also, the AG Hand cream is amazing. You wash your hands and it stays on. Incredible.

http://www.aghaircare.com/products_kiwi.cfm

That's only available at salons.

I've also heard great things about Shea butter (always sounds so tasty when I say that!)

Good Luck

btchwstix
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Trina
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USA
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  2:50:08 PM  Show Profile Send Trina a Private Message
I just bought Gloves in a Bottle.This worked really well & I could knit right away without a greasy feeling.

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For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
-Langston Hughes
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lella
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  3:54:25 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message
Bert's Bees lip gloss with the color in it is very nice stuff. I especially like watermelon. For my hands I've been using Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Healing Fragrance-Free for two years, as our dry weather starts sometime in May and ends sometime in April. It's been really good for DH's dry patches, too. He has fair and dry skin. He's also now developed some excema and this non-greasy healing lotion sure helps him.

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yarnlover
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  3:54:36 PM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message
quote:
I've also heard great things about Shea butter (always sounds so tasty when I say that!)


I recently bought a small jar of shea butter at a craft show. It is 100% shea butter, nothing else mixed in, and minimally processed. I really like this a lot. I always wondered where shea butter came from, and so I asked. It's the heart of a nut from the shea tree grown in Africa. The woman selling it (and her hand-made soaps) told me that it also helps prevent scars, helps other skin conditions and is a natural sun screen. Who knew......anyway, it's great. My hands start to hurt about mid-November from the dryness, and I'm loving this shea butter.

Another source for natural handcream is Pretty Baby Soaps. No affiliation - again found this company at a craft show several years ago. I avoid commercial hand creams because of all the chemicals, so was happy to discover this company. The hand creams are all natural, soft and creamy and last a long time. I just ordered some and also got a new product for the face. This one is nice too. If you like the natural products, you might like these. Here is a link to their website in case anyone is interested.

http://www.prettybabysoap.com

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argoknit
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USA
711 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2005 :  6:31:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit argoknit's Homepage Send argoknit a Private Message
I agree with those of you who don't like to use anything when they knit. However, at night before I go to bed and other times when I can't "handle" my dry hands anymore I use the Lanolin Rich Moisturizer (unscented) from Shepherd's Choice. It's not greasy.
http://www.shepherdschoice.com/index.php?cat=5
Shepherd's Choice is a small company in Minnesota. The owner is wonderful. I met her and found out about her products at the Shepherd's Harvest Wool Festival in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. I didn't even realize she had a website until I looked it up just now.

I have bought some of her soaps also. They smell great and are wonderful on the skin.

argoknit

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mokey
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Posted - 12/13/2005 :  7:20:53 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I don't apply anything right before knitting but I recently discovered Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Hand Therapy. It does smell grandmotherly, but the scent fades. In winter I give my hands the following treatments: slather on either olive oil or Lunar Eclipse, slip on mittens, sleep - remove mittens if they haven't already popped off.

One simple remedy many people overlook is water consumption; your body can't keep your hands moist if you don't water it.

"An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  04:18:33 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message
Casswell and Massey makes 100% shea butter. It comes in a stick form. I am a nurse and have 2 large dogs, so I am washing my hands constantly. I found that this does not come off my hands in the first few washings, but does not leave my hands greasy if I use it sparingly:
http://www.caswellmassey.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=1332&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=6&iSubCat=61&iProductID=1332

Another lotion I love, and apply right before knitting because it soaks in immediately is Crabtree and Evelyn Rose Therapy. It also has shea butter and a wonderful scent. I keep it in my knitting bag at all times:

http://store.crabtree-evelyn.com/111-ros3559.html

Also, there are some products online called Handworks that I use and recommend, but I could not find them. There is a olive oil and sugar rub that exfoliates your hands and removes all the dead, dry skin. However, I could not find her web site, so if anyone knows it, please let me know.

I also like Neutrogena Hand Cream but find it too greasy for knitting.
Sharon
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 12/14/2005 :  04:25:07 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message
I found that HandWorks Products are no longer being made :(
Sharon
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gema
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  01:25:05 AM  Show Profile Send gema a Private Message
I have extremely dry skin and have been searching my whole life for a moisturizer I could love. I'll try those you recommend which are new to me, and would like to recommend one I like. My sister sent me a tube of Crabtree & Evelyns Gardner's hand therapy. It has a lovely mild scent, absorbs immediately and does not feel greasy. I use it all the time, and not just for my hands either!
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Licensed2Cook
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USA
3554 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  05:24:13 AM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message
Here's my two cents...

I recommend that if you are users of any of those anti bacterial liquid soaps and anti bacterial dish soap that you replace those products with good old regular hand soap and dish soap. Your hands will love you for it! Anti bacterial products are extremely harsh and drying to skin and are quite unnecessary.

Dee
~Licensed2Knit
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RobA
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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  06:38:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
My favorite way of dealing with this is to knit in the winter with yarn that still has lanolin in it! With that in mind I bought the Austermann's Naturwolle that Elann.com is offering. The skin on my fingers gets so dry it cracks in the winter, so knitting combined with lanolin is a real pleasure.

Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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suec
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USA
1 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  06:53:51 AM  Show Profile Send suec a Private Message
Best Hand cream around: Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula. A little too ointment-y to wear during the day for some people, but it's great at night. I have health problems that make my hands dry/cracked/bleed and this stuff is great. Combine it with those hand paraffin baths you find at Bed Bath & Beyond and you can get through the winter.
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Monkachia
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USA
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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  07:08:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Monkachia's Homepage Send Monkachia a Private Message
I don't like strong "unnatural" perfumes. So I stick with Aveeno, Woolwax Creme or Burt's Bees Handsalve. They all absorb quickly and don't wash off so easily.

Chia
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playhookie
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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  07:36:58 AM  Show Profile Send playhookie a Private Message
I recommend using a liquid talc if you can find it anywhere as they tend to contain a little oil to moisturise your hands and some talc which leaves you with a good grip - currently I use the Body Shop's Liquid Foot Talc but it works great on the hands too...
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maureenwd
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14 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  07:42:03 AM  Show Profile Send maureenwd a Private Message
I also love Ahava--especially the Dermud intensive cream. I keep one in my handbag and use it every time I wash my hands. I've had to use it before knitting this week in the dry Maryland cold.
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kerowynsmom
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1 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  07:45:53 AM  Show Profile Send kerowynsmom a Private Message
I highly reccommend Badger Balm--I've so far been able to find it at Ace Hardware stores. It does tend to be a bit greasy, so either use sparingly or right before bed. It doesn't have an unpleasant scent, it works extremely well, it's inexpensive, and it heals cracks/chapping. My mom liked Bag Balm (the stuff in the green square tins) for her hands, and I've also heard good things about Udderly Smooth. But I'll stick to my Badger Balm.
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