It's that time of the year again when my hands start looking like I've been arm-wrestling bobcats. It starts out slow. I get a crack in a finger or thumb. Next, it's my knuckles. Pretty soon, I can't stick a hand in a pocket without leaving a blood trail. I fill the cracks with New Skin every few days until they close up, but they almost always open back up just before they completely heal.
I've tried quite a few different lotions. My go-to remedy at the time is Corn Husker's Lotion as it doesn't smell awful bad and doesn't leave a greasy film behind. Unfortunately, it isn't a miracle cure either. It helps the knuckles but doesn't seem to do anything for the fingers.
I've tried Bag Balm as it was recommended by a farmer friend. Shaking my friends hand in the winter is like shaking hands with a cactus so I didn't have much hope that his recommendation would be of help. And how is bag ointment supposed to help my hands anyways? It was a nice feeling, but not what I was looking for.
I've tried a few of my wife's and daughter's lotions but they are always too greasy and perfumed. I don't want to smell like a woman. I just want the smooth hands of one.
I admit to having tried the urine treatment. My wife put an end to that after she discovered it was me and not my young son who was making a mess of the bathroom. I still try it every once in a while, mostly when I've been over-served and grab a two-fingered handle with a four-fingered grip.
Being serious now. Anyone have a recommendation of a lotion, cure or family remedy that works for chapped and cracked hands? I really don't want to smell pretty or sleep with my hands swaddled in cloth, but otherwise, I'm open to suggestions.
If you haven't got a suggestion, show me your crack. Misery loves company.