Saturday, January 15, 2011

Release the Crackin…fingertips that is

"Low tide at Aquia Creek" Pastel

I like winter.  I really do.  Summer in Virginia can be extremely humid and quite stifling. Winters on the other hand are usually mild compared to some parts of the country.

While my intention is not to complain about winter there is one thing that I always have to deal with during those cold months. My fingertips crack. Perhaps it’s the lack of moisture in the air. Maybe it’s just dry skin or the fact that I wash my hands a lot. Whatever the case I can tell you that it can be agonizing. 

The simplest task becomes a major undertaking. Putting on a necklace is next to impossible, and just fastening the button on your jeans becomes difficult.  Peeling an orange or squeezing a lemon well…I can’t even write about it without cringing.

Add the fact that I do a lot of work in pastel (where your fingers do the walking) and I’ve got a recipe for disaster. Let’s face it, I work with my hands…a lot.

Well, I’ve tried everything from band-aids on every finger to wearing gloves just about everywhere. Nothing worked till now.  While this blog is not about product reviews, I will make an exception.  Browsing through  a local department store searching for yet another wonder treatment that won’t work, I stumbled upon a hand cream that I hadn’t yet tried.  It worked. It absorbs on my hands and isn’t greasy.  And it’s supposed to work for 24 hours even after washing your hands. 

If you have fingertips that are cracked…(and I’m sure I heard this phrase in a movie once)  “its time to release the crackin”…. fingertips that is!

Bring on the pastels. 


Anonymous said...

Hi Crystal! This is a great blog and your art is wonderful! I too suffer fron this same problem, especially in the cold, upper Midwest winters. I will give this product a try.
Thank you for sharing...Jan

Lee said...

As you mentioned oranges it all came rushing back. Like a bazillion paper cuts - only scarier. Glad you found relief!

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Crystal, it's the only stuff I use ;o)

EVA said...

Very nice pastel!!!

I'll have to try that! Thanks

Wanda said...

When I went through my cancer journey and had the six weeks of radiation, my doctor suggested "Udderly Smooth" cream which I used and was so impressed. Of course you have to get past the directions that tell you it's for cow's udders to keep them from cracking while milking. (I also use Jergens Ultra Healing lotion)

Hope those fingers heal real soon.

Liz Revit said...

Crystal, the pastel painting in this post is beautiful! Sorry to hear about those fingertips, but I'm glad you found a product to help you.

I can tell you that Aveeno has two fabulous products that I recommend if you have itchy, dry skin. One is the Aveeno oatmeal bath powder to help with itchy, dry skin. Pour the packet into your bath water, and this product delivers. The itching stops.

Also, the Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion with natural colloidal oatmeal is fabulous for relief from insect bites, poison ivy, allergic itches, etc. I have tried other name brand products, but none can even come close to what the Aveeno product delivers.

Enjoy your weekend.

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Crystal, my hubby has the same problem about 9 months out of the year. The best solution he's found is slathering his hands with Vaseline petroleum jelly and donning a pair of white cotton beauty gloves for the night. It really is just short of a miracle at how the Vaseline gets absorbed into the dry skin and brings it back to life. I hear the Aveeno products are excellent, so good luck with healing those hands that create such marvelous things.

Heather said...

I'm with you! I always say I have "man hands" in the winter, they get sooooo dry, they hurt! So I have kept moisturizing with some serious cream this year, and so far it's working....he he he. I will have to try this aveeno cream...thanks for the info!
Love your work, here too!

LadyCat said...

I love your painting of the dock and beautiful water.
And thanks for the tip about the hand cream' hands are very dry too. I also like Aveeno shampoo for dry scalp.

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