Here’s the scoop. If you’re a mom (especially an at-home mom), you tend to have your hands in water a lot. The first symptoms of softness deterioration usually show up after the birth of your first child. Children cause you to constantly wash your hands.
You wash your hands before you change the baby and again after you change the baby. You must wash them before you feed the baby and again after you feed the baby, heck, you’ve got to wash the baby. If you have more than one child, it’s even worse.
Then there’s the washing of the dishes, even if you have a dish washer, your hands are in water to rinse them off. Your hands are in water to clean the house. Oh, yes and then there’s cooking. Wash your hands thoroughly before, during and after cooking. Let’s face it, you must keep the bacteria of the meat from spreading to the vegetables you’re chopping. Heaven forbid if the phone rings or someone comes to the door while your hands are halfway inside a chicken. Another reason for a good scrubbing.
Oh yeah, and if you have a dog. . . yep, Fido must be washed too.
If you’re lucky and you can find time in between your chores and all of your washing, you may get a chance to enjoy a hobby such as gardening or crafting or painting. Ahh, yet another opportunity to wash your hands when you’re done.
You see where I’m going. After all of that washing and cleaning and cooking, your hands tend to get a little beat up and you end up with rough hands.
I don’t know about you, but after 16 years, my hands can double as sandpaper. No one in my family wants me to touch them for fear of drawing blood. It does come in handy, however, when petting the dog. It eliminates the need for brushing.
I had tried so many hand lotions, jellies and scrubs. I only tried them if the label said for ROUGH, DRY, CRACKED, DRY, cracked hands and yet nothing worked. I still suffered with rough hands.
One day, after a few hours of braiding my daughter’s and my son’s hair, I sat on the couch for about 10 minutes before getting up to wash my hands. In those 10 minutes I happened to have rubbed my hands together and noticed that little chips of sand didn’t tinker to the floor. I looked at my usually rough hands and they almost looked normal.
The serendipitous softness came from the product I was using in their hair. The product is called Blue Magic by Bergamot. It’s a hair and scalp conditioner. It has an “Anti-Breakage Formula” and is enriched with olive oil and lanolin.
For the next few days I applied it regularly to my hands. I took a little massaged it into my hands and wiped off the excess. I used it for 3 days and was absolutely amazed at the results. Instead of having sands, I now have hands. They’re much smoother and softer.
When I went to stroke my daughter’s face (after her initial cringe because she knew how my hands usually felt), she relaxed and said, “Hey mom, you hands don’t feel like chain saws trying to rip the skin off my face. They feel good!”
Is that a glowing endorsement or what!
Hey, wait a minute. . . if it works so well on my hands, why not rub a little on the footsies before I go to bed. Hmmm. . . the possibilities. . .
I’ve since found a better and more permanent way to keep my hands soft.