Working Hands is a hand cream that claims guaranteed relief for extremely dry hands. It is said to instantly boost moisture levels, create a protective layer on the hands and help prevent moisture loss. The cream comes in a jar and a tube, with different ingredient lists.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Paraffin, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Diazolidinyl Urea
Glycerin and propylene glycol are humectants. Stearic acid has been shown to protect the skin’s surface from water loss and support the protective barrier of the skin. Isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol are emollients. Dimethicone is an occlusive and prevents water loss.
Directions: Apply a small amount and massage in; applying too much will result in stickiness.
I frequently get very dry hands with cracks in the thumb creases and dry, rough cuticles, particularly now with winter weather and increased hand washing. Working Hands is a thick-ish cream with no scent. I apply this once a day in the evening before bed. It provides immediate relief of my dry hands. It absorbs quickly and is not heavy, greasy or sticky, but leaves a silky, protective layer on the skin.
The morning after one application, my hands felt very smooth and moisturized. There was still some dryness on the knuckles and the thumb creases. After one week, the cuticles look better and my hands overall look and feel healthy, moisturized and smooth, and the dry thumbs and knuckles are improved. After hand washing, my hands still felt protected and smooth.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is great and I would repurchase. They have an overnight treatment that I’ll probably buy and will use the regular tube during the day. I recently purchased O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Exfoliating cream as well.
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