I have extremely dry hands, which seem to have become worse in the past few years. I wash my hands over and over again, this isn’t an OCD problem my friends, its simply life with a young child and a baby. A particularly wiggly one at that, who seems to leave me covered at every nappy change. More recently I have used an awful lot of anti bacterial soap/wipes etc to try and evade myself of any bugs ( I succeeded until this weekend when the dreaded diarrhea and vomiting hit me hard!), so my hands have really taken a battering. They have been so dry that they have cracked and I have small cuts on my hands which are really painful. I’ve tried lots of hand creams over the years and even resorted to wearing some gloves at night with cream on (attractive right!?), but nothing seems to fix or ease the problem! Whilst it usually goes away when the good weather comes back I’ve been searching for a solution for some time.
My hands are always busy, washed often & exposed to lots of chemicals.
My thumbs are the worst and they really suffer in the Winter.
My toddler kept showing me his sore thumb… so we used the cream to help him too!
Just a few weeks ago I was sent a sample for Hope’s Relief intensive dry skin rescue cream. As Australia’s No.1 natural range for eczema, psoriasis & dermatitis I was very intrigued to give this brand and product a try. Labelled as suitable for babies to adults with sensitive, itchy & dry skin, I immediately wondered whether it would actually work. Just open my cupboard and you can see a whole range of hand cream products which despite regular use, just haven’t cured my sore hands.
When I opened the packet, the cream reminded me of coco butter. It’s quite thick, but there isn’t too much of a smell to it which is nice. I immediately applied it to my hands and was amazed at how much was left over. So it took me a while to rub it all in, I actually enjoyed my little hand massage but quickly realised you don’t need to use a lot of the cream all at once. It felt nice and cool on my skin and after moisturising it in it settled nicely onto my skin. Massage over, I went straight back to folding up the clothes without thinking this product is going to stain the nicely washed laundry.
I used the product 3-4 times a day for the first few days, as directed on the packet. I concentrated particularly on my thumbs which had become really sore. At night I spent more time putting the cream on and rubbing it in. After just a few applications my hands weren’t bothering me as much and my skin wasn’t catching on things like before.
After a few days I totally forgot about my hands (hurting that is….I was still busy using them). They began to feel feel moist and not at all dry. The cracks had began to heal and my skin didn’t feel rough. The skin around my nail wasn’t so red. After an eventful week, I realised that I hadn’t applied the cream for a few days but the skin on my hands remained very soft. The same can be said for my toddler who didn’t want to sit on my knee and have a picture taken! Pity party over for him, he was off and back playing with his toys.
This is taken just after a few applications!
The cream really works to repair your skin and it still remained soft after a few days of not using it.
I love that the Hope’s relief cream is packed with Natural Active ingredients including: Hospital Grade Organic Manuka Honey NPA 10+, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula and Licorice Root. It’s such a natural product, free from sodium laurel sulphates, parabens, coal tar, artificial colours and fragrances and contains no mineral oils or petrochemicals. This is particularly important because I don’t like using products on my babies if they aren’t natural!
The cream costs £16 for 60grams. It isn’t as cheap as your average high street hand cream but it is extremely effective. If like me, you have already brought all the creams on offer in the shops, then you will know that sometimes the £3.50 hand cream right up to £30 don’t do the job! In which case, £16 is actually very reasonable. I am always willing to pay more if the product actually does what it says on the tin! I would really recommend this cream if you have dry skin and need a product that works quickly and effectively.
The Hope’s relief cream is available online and in stores across the UK (Wholefoods, Nutricentre, Revital, Panacea, Planet Organic, John Bell & Croyden, health stores and independent pharmacies). Take a look at the Hope’s Relief website for more information. You can also find out about a whole range of products including intensive rescue cream, moisturising lotion, body wash and herbal haircare products – all of which are created using therapeutic natural actives which are both fantastically effective and also completely free from all nasties. They deliver free within the UK if you spend over £25.00 and they also deliver internationally for £6 or £9 depending on where you are based. For more information about delivery you can click here.