Relief for Kids’ Dry, Chapped Hands

My extensive search for cream and hand wash

I have three young school-aged kids, and they have been coming home with varying degrees of dry, chapped, red hands. I suspect it’s a combination of the cold weather (and refusing to wear mitts or gloves at recess!) and the harsh soap at school.

To heal and sooth their hands, I tried a wide array of over the counter creams – all touting medicinal-like attributes. The challenge? My girls would say it stung upon application. Each one I tried: each one would sting their skin.

I’m happy to report I finally found one glycerin hand cream that doesn’t sting! Life Brand Glycerin Hand Cream, around $4.00 at Shoppers Drug Mart. Ironically, it’s the lowest priced cream I tried, and I’ll be stocking up. All kids are different, and there is no universal answer for all kids’ hands, but I’m relieved to have found one that works for our family.

Then I turned to prevention. While I can’t control the soap used at school, I can do my part to have gentle hand soap at home. For years, I used Body Shop Hemp Moisturizing Hand Wash – I found it to be gentle and moisturizing. Unfortunately, I can’t find it anymore, so I assume it was discontinued. While at Shoppers Drug Mart recently, I paced the aisles looking for gentle hand soap. I honed in on Cetaphil, and considered giving it a try. Then I spotted the Life Brand equivalent, and based on the recent success with the Life Brand hand cream, I decided to give it a try. It isn’t clear by the packaging/labeling if it’s intended for hands. I haven’t been using it long enough to confidently say it will be put in regular rotation, but so far, so good. I’ll report back in a future post if it’s a long-term winner.

Do your kids come home with dry, chapped hands? I’d love to hear if you have any product recommendations to share that have worked for your family. #shopandtell #shopandtellcanada