With the cold weather sticking around for quite awhile longer, it's smart to stock up on moisturizing creams to keep thirsty skin quenched — and there's a popular gem hidden in Amazon’s beauty section that promises to get rid of perpetually dry, cracked hands. With over 57,000 perfect ratings, O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream is the salve everyone is buying. And at just $9, it's an affordable and effective solution.
The concentrated cream doesn't only help cold weather skin; it heals and repairs extreme dryness that comes with various conditions or manual jobs at any time of the year. Made with glycerin and paraffin, it works by drawing in hydration and creating a protective barrier that seals the skin from further moisture loss.
“I love this stuff! I am a fireman and constantly wash my hands,” raved a reviewer. “Especially in the winter the skin around my nail beds and fingertips will crack and bleed. It is really painful and gross! This stuff is a miracle worker. It feels waxy like it's locking in the moisture. I put it on at night and can still tell it's on in the morning. I am a regular buyer/user of this now, and couldn't be happier!”
Some reviewers said Working Hands helped with relief from skin conditions such as chronic eczema and psoriasis. Many also added that a little bit of this product goes a long way — just apply a small dab on clean hands as needed throughout the day.
"This is, by far, the best hand cream I have ever used," says a five-star reviewer with psoriasis. "My hands ... have become shriveled up so much that it looks like I have soaked in the tub too long. After the first use, the wrinkles eased, although they have not disappeared. There is almost immediate relief. It is the only truly effective product that helps me live with psoriasis of the hands. Without this cream ... my skin splits and develops brush burns very easily."
“I have spent 10 years in the military and the last seven working in the oil and gas industry. I work with my hands a lot! For approximately 17 years I have dealt with dry and cracked cuticles and rough knuckles,” explained a happy customer. “I have tried many other lotions and creams, which left my hands feeling greasy and then dry again in five minutes. With O'Keeffe's in less than one week, my hands are doing much better. My hands never feel greasy afterward and remain moisturized all day.”
Reviews from real working hands
Happy customers who give this skin-saving salve five stars are those with real “working hands” and include everyone from workers in the construction industry to the healthcare fields.
Construction industry: “Having been in the construction business for 42 years, I have tried many hand treatments with minimal success over many years. ... I used a product that did a great job at both moisturizing and healing, however, the cream did not allow me to use tools after applying due to leaving my hands with that greasy coating for about 10 to 12 minutes. Then came O'Keeffe's. ... It did all that my previous lotion did, without that initial newly coated greasy feel within a minute or two. It contains a small amount of paraffin which adds to its longevity and ability to retain my body's natural moisture. So, to sum up: This is the product to heal split areas on my hands, and also to prevent my cuticles from drying out and cracking.”
Service Industry: “Best product for service industry employees such as myself who frequently do dishes, handle food and come into contact with toxic chemicals [such] as cleaning agents used in most public venues! O’Keeffe's Working Hands is something I simply will never go without because having cut-free hands is priceless.”
Mechanic industry: “I have tried a multitude of hand lotions. Most were greasy and not very helpful for healing painful cracks. This product is the best I have tried. ... It absorbs quickly and has very little odor. The cracks on my fingers have healed nicely during the first week of use and no more cracks have appeared. I am a mechanic and work with my hands all day, often on dirty equipment which requires frequent hand washing with harsh soaps which tend to dry my skin. This product restores the soft feeling of comfortable hands.”
Health care industry: “I'm an RN and have been on a very drying medication all winter. The combination of cold, dry weather, irritating medication and constant hand washing/sanitizing was doing a number on the skin of my hands. ... I was breaking out in rashes on my hands, and my knuckles were cracked and bleeding. This is the ONLY nonprescription lotion that has helped, and it is keeping my hands in a much more comfortable condition. ... It has virtually no odor (so it's hospital fragrance-policy friendly), and it sinks into skin extremely quickly, so it doesn't leave you feeling greasy or sticky (a lifesaver when you need to put on gloves two minutes later!). Add to that, it's totally affordable and lasts a long time and you've got a five-star product for sure. I can't recommend this product highly enough!”
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.