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Old 01-12-2015, 09:41 PM
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Do you have a hand care ritual?

Let's face it. We beat the crap out of our hands. I have splits and cuts and burns that just plain suck. They hurt. Gloves are not always an option. So, do you have any tricks that you use to keep your hands going?

This winter I just started using a new hand lotion called Eucerin. It is the best I've ever used so far. Still searching for something magical though.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:00 PM
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Gasoline and certain chemicals are certainly the worst offenders, believe it or not excessive washing isn't good either... I just do my best not to expose my skin directly to too many harsh liquids, especially gasoline. As for gloves, in winter I like wearing the insulated cowhide but they also make a polyester mesh glove that stays cool in all but the hottest weather. The wire mesh is especially handy when dealing with rough brush and the like, it might go for "stainless steel wire mesh" but rest assured it's mostly polyester, still they help tons.

Butcher gloves, and I wouldn't knife-test them like they show in the pictures either.
They're made of mostly a really tough plastic (polyester) wire mesh, almost like a kitchen pan scrubby sponge.
But they are good, tough, resilient, and they let air through (of course gasoline is likely to melt them).

I've seen them go for under $4 but they can get pricey, not sure what works better there.

They also sell true steel gloves under medieval armor but those will run in the hundreds of dollars a pair.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:42 PM
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Some people i know coat their hands with Vaseline and put rubber gloves on over that before they go to bed and they sat it works wonders on the health of their hands. Might seem like an odd idea but apparently it works very well!
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Old 01-13-2015, 12:57 AM
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Give it some time and they will callus right up...

Once you get a good quarter inch layer then they are pretty much like wearing a glove anyway...

No point in trying to use lotions and stuff because they are just going to get beat up tomorrow again anyway...
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:27 AM
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hand care?

I usually use my left hand, so it feels like someone else is doing it.
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:05 AM
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For dried up, cracked hands, there is nothing better on the planet than a product called Working Hands. It was designed specifically to help heal hands. I swear by it. Even my doctor asked me what I use and now the doc is recommending it to the other patients. You can get it at Lowes and Home Depot. You can also order it over the Internet from places like Amazon.

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Old 01-13-2015, 08:20 AM
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I rarely bother using any sort of product on my hands, but when I do use something, that O'Keeffe's Working Hands is the best stuff ever!
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:47 AM
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Unless my knuckles start to split from excessively dry skin, I don't put anything on my hands. Haven't even had to do that in quite a number of years. My callouses are the reward for hard work.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:54 AM
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Wear leather gloves when playing in dirt, wear latex throw away gloves when painting of changing oil etc.

I keep a live Aloe Vera plant and cut off a small piece and rub the insides all over my hands, works very well for me.
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:23 PM
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