It’s not my intention to do many posts that veer off of the organizing/decorating/DIY path, but I when I find something I really like, I love sharing it with you! Every year about this time, my hands (and my daughter’s) begin to get very dry, red and cracked (around the knuckles on our dominant hand, particularly). I wish I had a “before” pic but I wasn’t thinking about doing a post on it, so I didn’t get a photo.
I read a blog post a week or two ago (that I can’t seem to find now) raving about the “hard lotion” from MadeOn. She showed a photo of her daughter’s hands and how with the lotion, water beaded up instead of washing the lotion away. As much hand washing and dishes as I do with daycare, I feel like I can’t ever keep lotion (or coconut oil, my current moisturizer of choice) on my hands long enough to work, so I was immediately ready to give it a shot.
|The products I ordered|
What is hard lotion?
Hard lotion is lotion that is solid at room temperature. It is designed to specifically protect hands and feet from cracked skin and extreme dry skin.
The hard lotion bar has three simple ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. That’s it! Shea butter and coconut oil are known edible emollients. They soften and soothe dry skin and are gentle enough to rub over skin cuts and cracks. The beeswax emulsifies the other two ingredients to create a beautiful combination to smooth your skin. You’ll be surprised to learn that this is all you need to get your hands back to work. –www.hardlotion.com
First I think pictures speak a thousand words, so here’s after two days of use.
The photo makes my knuckles look a little more pink than I actually felt they were, but the dry, wrinkled (beyond my almost-40 hand wrinkles), cracked skin was 100% improved. It takes a fair amount of rubbing to get enough on, in my opinion, because the bar needs to soften with the warmth of your hands. But it was easy to apply on the really dry spots. I tried using it as an all-over hand lotion, but it’s not “slick” enough to easily rub on the insides of my hands and left sort of a waxy film (which, by the way, absorbs really quickly so that was not a deterrent at all). The beeswax is what makes it “stick”, so that’s a very good thing. I haven’t tried it on my feet yet but I know it’s going to be a great solution for those, too! I got the bar and the stick, as well as a lip balm. I’m ready to buy more so I can keep on in my purse and travel bag!
|Hard lotion bar|
Note: The bar is smaller than I envisioned, so just know that going in it’s not going to be the size of a bar of soap. The small size makes it easy to handle and get between fingers, though, and I anticipate that it’s going to last a long time. I’m sold!