Friday, May 04, 2007

Those Lovin' Hands

Burts Bees
Originally uploaded by Peacebang.
A caring chaplain wrote in to share her penchant for Burt's Bees hand cream.

She writes,

"Have you mentioned Burt's Bees hand salve? Very good for
hospital chaplains with dried out abused hands that have been prayin' all day and getting washed between all patients with super-foam that kills everything, including your nice hands.

The chaplain can go home at night, glob salve generously on her hands, and put her abused fingers into those funny white cotton gloves for some TLC. It doesn't make it perfect, but it at least keeps your hands from peeling apart in many pieces (as mine were doing near the beginning)."

PeaceBang would like to add that cracked hands are more easily-infected hands, and working in a hospital puts enough stress on one's immune system. So take care of your lovin' hands, not just for vanity's sake, but for your comfort and health as well.

Hey guys, this goes for you, too.

Burt's Bees products seem to be available just about everywhere these days. They have a wide variety of hand salves and I'm sure you'll find one that suits you. PeaceBang has also heard good things about Eucerin (the kind in a tub), but thinks that product is probably petroleum-based.

Did you know that good old olive oil also makes a perfectly terrific moisturizer for the hands? Especially with the cotton gloves overnight.


Blogger Nancy (nanflan) said...

Peace Bang, you are so right about Burt's Bees. They have several varieties and strengths, so if Beeswax and Banana doesn't do it for you, there are other options. I love the lemon butter cuticle cream, and the hand salve in the little tin is great for the inevitable nicks and dings our hands get.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous martinet said...

I've been loving on Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers of late. I like the way lipstick looks but hate the way most lipstick feels and smells. The Lip Shimmers are pretty colors, they're nice and lightweight, and they tingle and smell pepperminty. That's about as good as it gets.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

Howdy PeaceBang -- If your reader mentioned hand salve by Burt's Bees, I believe she is referring to this which does go by the name "hand salve." They call their other hand things by various other terms. I have been swearing by that very hand salve myself for three or four years now; it comes in large tins (much more economical than the little thingies) and a little goes a long way. It also has a pleasant, not too overpowering smell.

The hand cream you showed is also good, as you noted, though I find the banana-y smell a bit much and I sometimes hesitate to wear it because of that. I got it as a gift this year and had never tried it before then. There's also a hand cream in a tube (good for purses) (called something like "hand repair" and it is very light and non-greasy and good for dry or older or fragile skin. Slightly unusual smell but very faint, not like the banana.

And as Nancy reminds us, the lemon cuticle cream is fabulous; I seem to remember we had a little thread about it on this very blog within the last year or so. (Something about how it was great to sit in front of the tv and rub it in the tips of our fingers and our nails -- I think it was back in Project Runway season. ;-) The cuticle cream's ingredient list, by the way, is almost identical to the hand salve list.

Martinet, I like the Lip Shimmers too. They're on the thin side and don't stay on terribly long, but they don't have that icky lipsticky feel, which is a big plus.

And there's no extra crap in the ingredients in any of these Burt's Bees products.

10:52 PM  

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