Dr. Bailey Skin Care Dry Skin Hand Cream:
My hand cream is the best
intensive, non-greasy hand cream for daily use and beats all other products
I've tried. The trick is that it is non-greasy, which makes it a really good
hand cream to use throughout your day after hand washing. This is an
essential step for healing your hand skin and greasy hand creams are messy
and impractical. Dr. Bailey Skin Care's Dry Skin Hand Cream hydrates and
protects without greasy oils, so you can apply it to your hands all day long
after washing and your hands will heal. The tube is also a good size to
carry in your purse, to keep in a coat pocket (there's always a tube in my
lab coat), to keep by the sink, etc. Put a tube by every sink at which you
commonly wash your hands to make moisturizing convenient. This is how you
heal your dry, chapped hands and brittle nails and keep your skin healthy
all year long, no matter how hard you are on your hands.
Bag Balm and Cotton Gloves:
This combination is the secret for deeply
hydrating night repair therapy for your dry, chapped, and damaged hand skin
and for brittle and cracked fingernails too. The gloves are the best-fitting
therapeutic cotton gloves with a comfortable, but snug, wristband to keep
gloves on while you sleep. Bag Balm Ointment is unsurpassed for healing
chapped hands. It's been a healing remedy for the cracked, hardworking hand
skin of housewives and gardeners for over 100 years.
Bag Balm is an American farm and folk remedy that's been around since 1899.
It's a lanolin rich, slightly antibacterial ointment that was originally
used to keep cows' udders from chapping during cold Vermont winters. The
farmers who applied it found it healed their chapped hands and Bag Balm
rapidly gained popularity for human use. Over the years, bag balm has become
known as a multi-purpose wonder treatment for the entire family. Bag Balm is
also used to relieve chapped, scratched, wind-burned or sunburned skin
anywhere on the body (feet, heels, elbows, etc.) and splitting, brittle
fingernails too. Applied to cuts, scrapes, or abrasions, it heals the skin
For cracked fingertips I recommend adding this perfectly textured file to
help keep your fingertip skin from becoming thick and cracking.
A Really Good Petite Fingertip File:
Fingertip fissures can be treated and
prevented by gently filing excessive and dry skin. Think of your fingertips
like leather, they get thick and dry with use. Filing off the thick skin
helps you keep your fingertips properly moisturized, and this prevents
cracking. This little file has just the right gentle sanding surface for
fingertips. It is sturdier than an Emory board and just a little rougher
than a diamond fingernail file - in short, it's just perfect for rough
Directions for use:
Dr. Bailey's Skin Care For Chapped, Painful, Dry Hands and Fingertip
You can have soft, healthy hands all year round if you understand what
causes chapped hands and what you need to do to treat and prevent them.
Exposure to harsh chemicals, strong detergents, and extreme weather causes
the loss of skin oils and pulls water out of your hand skin, causing them to
chap, crack, and become painful. Once chapped, they are fragile. Continued
exposure to these elements will escalate the chapping.
With careful hand washing, the use of gloves to protect your hands from
weather and chemicals, and the regular application of the right
moisturizers, your skin will heal.
1. Hand Washing
Lather the soap on your palm surface, then rinse. Be sure to rinse your hands
really well; retained soap residue will always dry and irritate skin. Pay
special attention to the space between your fingers and under your rings
where soap residue often hides.
Apply Vermont Foaming Hand Soap to the dirty palm side of your hands
only, unless the thinner more fragile skin on the back or your hands has
also gotten dirty or come into contact with germs.
Use only very gentle soaps that rinse off easily such as Vermont
Foaming Hand Soap.
2. Hand Moisturizing
During the day, apply a good, non-greasy hand cream such as Dr.
Bailey Skin Care's Dry Skin Hand Cream immediately after toweling off from
washing. Only apply your hand cream after washing because moisturizers work
by trapping water that your hand skin soaked up when they were wet. Applying
moisturizer to dry skin never helps your dry skin heal!
Apply Dr. Bailey's Hand Cream to your entire hand, but especially
the back, which has thinner skin and is more likely to chap. Wipe off the
excess cream from the palm side to keep from having a slippery grip and to
keep it off things that you touch.
The most effective non-greasy hydrating ingredients are glycerin and
lanolin. During the day use a product that is non-greasy such as our Dry
Skin Hand Cream, which is glycerin rich. At night give your hands a deeply
healing treatment with a Bag Balm, a heavy ointment that is loaded with
lanolin to soften and heal rough dry skin. To do this, soak your hands in
warm (not hot) water for five minutes, towel dry, then apply a generous
layer Bag Balm. Put on the cotton gloves and leave them on overnight. (If
you are wool allergic, use pure Shea butter instead of Bag Balm because
lanolin comes from wool. Shea butter is available in the skin care section
of your natural food store.)
3. Wear Protective Rubber or Latex Gloves
Protect your hands when you're in harsh weather or need to touch
strong detergents or chemicals.
Because hand skin is thick, it can take up to six months for
severely chapped hand skin to heal sufficiently and regain its barrier
strength so be patient and keep using the gloves.
4. Care for fingertip fissures
Rough and cracked fingertip skin is like thick old, dry, cracked
leather. You need to thin it down by filing it and soften it by drenching it
in water-binding moisturizers.
Soak your hands in warm water for five minutes or more, then gently
using my Petite Finger and Foot File to gently smooth your rough skin. Then
apply Bag Balm daily to any cracks until they finally heal.
Care for the rest of your hands as outlined above.
Kit Product Ingredients: Dry Skin Hand Repair Kit
Vermont Foaming Hand Soap: 7 fl. oz. Saponified organic olive, coconut and
jojoba oils, vegetable glycerin, organic aloe vera and rosemary extract.
Dry Skin Hand Cream: 3 oz. Purified Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol,
Dimethicone, Cetearyl Octanoate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sodium Cetearyl
Sulfate, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxetol, Methylparaben,
Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA.
Bag Balm: 1 oz. 8 Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate (0.3% in a Petrolatum, Lanolin
Cotton Gloves: 1 pair
Petite Fingertip and Foot File: 1 7-inch 2-sided file