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What are your tips and tricks for extremely dry hands? I think my hands are going to fall of from all the washing! Any suggestions?

bunnysanford

148 Posts

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, or another thick lotion, lots of it, then gloves (just the cheap stretchy knit ones every store has in the winter) overnight while I'm sleeping. If they're to the point of itching, I add a little hydrocortisone to the lotion.

springchick1, ADN, RN

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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula' date=' or another thick lotion, lots of it, then gloves (just the cheap stretchy knit ones every store has in the winter) overnight while I'm sleeping. If they're to the point of itching, I add a little hydrocortisone to the lotion.[/quote']

I'll have to look into that. Since I don't have either one tonight I'm just going to put a lot of lotion on and put socks on over it:)

CountryMomma, ASN, RN

1 Article; 589 Posts

I like to use Aquaphor or the off-brand Target version of it at night, with cotton socks over my hands. And then frequent lotioning during the shift. I keep a little bottle of vaseline intensive care cocoa butter in my bag and I use it on my breaks.

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 7 years experience.

I actually mix different lotions together in a little bottle I take with me. I have very dry skin and can't stand to be ashy anywhere on my body. I use.....

Jergens Ultra Healing

Eucerin Intensive Repair

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Palmers Cocoa Butter Cream

Nivea Essentially Enriched Lotion

100% pure coconut oil

100% extra virgin olive oil

Any lightly scented/perfumed lotion (perfume fanatic)

I mix all of these together or use whatever I have on hand. I normally have all of them though. I'm a caramel brown girl. You won't ever draw any white lines across me. I stay greased up lol. Love me some lotion.

krisiepoo

784 Posts

Carmex hydrating lotion

4boysmama

273 Posts

Specializes in Hospice + Palliative. Has 4 years experience.

ugh, I have always had horribly dry skin and with all the handwashing....UGH! I've found that keeping my hands lotioned ALL the time (doesn't matter so much with what, just constant application) works okay - I'll use a thick cream in the morning, and then lighter (unsecented) stuff throughout the day. At night, before bed I'll exfoliate with homemade sugar scrub (100% coconut oil, melted then add regular granulated sugar: 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil; I make up a big batch and keep it in a jar next to my sink) Anyway; using that nightly works really well to keep the dry skin exfoliated, and the coconut oil really sinks in and hydrates. (and it's cheap!)

RunBabyRN

3,677 Posts

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I carry a small one with me in clinicals, and put it on after I wash my hands. I also have it next to the bathroom sink at home, in the car, in my purse... It's my saving grace. Otherwise my hands are cracked and bleeding. This is the only thing I've found that doesn't sting like hell when my hands hurt.