I’m gonna couch this “OCD really sucks sometimes” sentiment in a much more positive “check out this awesome coping thing” PSA instead. Cool?
Okay, so, with extreme handwashing and the end of summer comes the inevitable cracking and bleeding of dry skin. Since “just stop washing your hands so much” is the Rock to my Sisyphus, I’ve relied on hand lotions instead.
Now I’ve tried it all. Most hand lotions I try during the day, even if I only apply to the backs of my hands, instantly make me want to wash again so I’m almost completely limited to repairing my hands at night. Curel, Eucerin, Dove, St. Ives, (the list goes on) all wash off easily the next day but they don’t do a great job healing the stubborn cuts. The heavyweights like Udder-ly Smooth, Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, and even Cocoa Butter all work great at deep moisturizing but they cling so much that I end up spending the next morning scrubbing it off my hands with dish detergent which totally defeats the purpose. No good.
Then I found:
It smells like a Grandma’s powder room but a small dab on the back of the hands goes a long way and it soaks in fast so it’s great during the day and can be reapplied easily. The thing is: It’s prohibitively expensive (even when it’s on sale) and it’s only from the Body Shop so that’s a 20 minute drive at least. Also the smell is POWERFUL which can be tough for folks. Also the tube is a pain to use one-handed so sometimes you get lotion on the outside of the tube which means no more day-time use (day-time use solely consisting of applying lotion to the backs of my hands. the second my fingertips get greasy. nope. gotta wash).
Then last year when I was too broke for the rose cream and my hands were so painfully dry I could barely focus, I got this out of desperation:
HOLY SNACK-EATING MADONNA OF THE CUPCAKES
Seems super duper runny and they only come in these tiny (if convenient and adorable) bottles. But let me explain you a thing.
THESE THINGS ARE AWESOME. The smell is much lighter than the rose cream. The size and shape of the bottle make it WICKED easy to keep with me during the day and apply directly to the backs of my hands without getting nasty and hand-washing-triggering goop all over the goddamn tube. And. AND. I can get them at Target or order a whole bunch from Amazon with free shipping. It’s got a soapy smell but that’s kinda my jam anyway and since I can reapply during the day, I’m FAR less likely to get those wicked deep grand canyon cuts that bleed everywhere. (Although I found using neosporin on those at night actually does help, even though they’re from hand-washing). Plus, PLUS, they’re very ungreasy feeling to begin with and when I do inevitably wash my wands, the lotion washes away completely. No waxy residue, no grimy feeling. No. None. Gone. It’s not quite as effective at moisturizing as the rose cream but for all its other benefits, I’m willing to reapply.
So yeah. If you have dry skin from extreme hand-washing and most lotions trigger more washing, I highly highly recommend the EOS hand lotion pebble thinger.