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« on: January 05, 2008 02:02:13 PM »

No matter what I do, in the winter my hands get so dry that when I try to spin something really soft, I don't want to feel it/work with it, because it finds every little dry cuticle or dry spot and hang up on it.  (I do a lot of outdoor activities and 'work' outside.)  I use lotions, creams, and a twice weekly vaseline with gloves on at night.

Do any of you other spinners have this problem?  Does anyone have a 'miracle' cream or solution? 

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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008 02:28:10 PM »

Well, it's not a miracle, but I use St Ives Apricot Scrub to give my hands and cuticles a good exfoliation, then I put (personal preference) Vick's Vaporub in a thin layer on them.  I do this before I go to bed, and OMG the Vick's is SO relaxing.  You could use lotion or Vaseline or best yet Bag Balm, because it's really the Apricot Scrub's exfoliating power that does the trick.

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008 07:50:40 PM »

I have the same problem. Tongue My hands get dry and rough in the winter, especially the tip of my pointer finger where I draft. I use Bag Balm, a farm cream for cows. It really works for me and a little goes a long way!

« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008 05:19:59 PM »

Neutrogena Norwegian formula hand cream. It was originally made for fishermen good stuff my hubby uses it and recommends it to his mates and he is a truck driver.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008 08:08:58 AM »

Hmm, well, you could also use a handmade exfoliator, like brown sugar mixed with olive or sweet almond oil. 

Alternately, have you tried lanolin?  It is native to wool, after all!   Cheesy  You could spin "in the grease" or just massage your hands with pure lanolin (which I think you can find in natural food stores) before spinning.  Any excess that managed to work into your yarn would just come out again when you set the twist. 

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008 08:11:33 AM »

I use bag balm and thick gloves every other day for an hour. First I wash my hands then I coat them in balm and cover them with the gloves and leave for an hour while I watch TV or do something equally as mindless. At the end of the hour my hands are super soft.

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2008 06:05:29 AM »

I have to  wash my hands like a gazillion times a day (I'm a massage therapist.. so I wash before and after every client, after every time I change sheets, touch anything etc..)  So my hands get SUPER chapped!!

The problem is we have to wash our hands in hot water.. and that's drying. I use a lot of the hand sanitizer now, rather than doing full washes after i do little things like touching door handles and phones.   that helps a little.

Also..  The Body Shop has an AMAZING hemp seed oil hand balm.  It's super thick and a little goes a long way.  I use that at least 3 times a day, and like someone else said, I exfoliate my hands with a scrub I make of 1 cup brown suger (or kosher salt) to one cup of cheap olive oil (sweet almond works too)  Rub on dry and then rinse.  It really helps..  then the hemp balm, and then cotton gloves for an hour or so while I read or watch tv. 

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