Winter Hands…

Have you heard of “winter hands”, or “winter handjies” in Afrikaans? Its something children get a lot because they are prone to not drying their hands properly.

I wash my hands a lot. Some might say I wash them too much… If I can’t remember when I last washed my hands I will wash them again.

Erm… Ja.

I truly LOATHE touching lift buttons, entrance and exit buttons in parking lots, escalator railings, door handles… the list goes on. And if I can I will use something to touch these things so they don’t touch my skin. I am constantly aware of the amount of germs and bacteria that could be on my hands so I work hard- mentally that is- not to let it become an OTT “issue”. I have a tendency to over think anything and everything and if I allow myself to do so, I won’t be able to go more than a few minutes without washing my hands! If I am cooking or baking I wash my hands before I start, and if I have to touch something other than my cooking utensils whilst I am busy- my phone or a door handle or something- I will wash them again before I continue whatever I was busy with. I always try to make sure I dry them properly, and if I am in public I love using a combination of a towel and a blowdryer, but thats not an option at home of course.

Its borderline obsessive.

And I suffer for it in winter.

This year it has already started on the top pinky knuckle of my right hand. There’s a particular set of movements I use when I wash my hands, so specific parts of my hands are subjected to more friction than others- if that makes any sense.

The kak part is that it itches! It itches like a mother trucker and I rub and scratch it in my sleep so much that I wake up with swollen hands! And the itch gets so bad it sometimes wakes me up!


I am applying Germolene, and that helps briefly… but I can’t not wash my hands.

So over and above another little glimpse at my weirdness,  does any one have a solution for me?

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14 Responses to Winter Hands…

  1. I use vaseline on my kids hands in winter!
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  2. Sharon says:

    I can highly recommend Leigh Ann’s Eczema Cream. It works wonders

  3. Jenty says:

    Seriously, Leighann’s Trancuil Body Treats hand cream and her ecsema cream is the bomb!! You have to try it
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  4. Gill says:

    The post has a pic of the hand cream not the……….. ahem….. other thing!!!
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  5. Gill says:

    I also wash my hands waaaay more than the average person and suffer terribly with dry skin on my hands, I have tried nearly every hand cream on the market and the ONLY one that works for me is Neutrogena, it MUST be the plain, fragrance-free one (according to my truly disgusting daughters the other Neutrogena smells like granny fanny!) Have a look at my latest blog post for a pic!

    On the subject of hot-air hand dryers, my daughter came home with a theory from her Biology teacher that they are terrible germ spreaders…. I googled it, it seems true, so I now don’t use them….
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  6. Oh yes, and the magical addition – wear gloves when you go out early mornings and evenings
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  7. Angel, I get winter hands every year – with me it is a combo of the washing (i am also rahter obsessive), but also circulation and just the cold. My finger tips actually split and around my nails I get skin peeling off. Last year I bought same of Tranquil body treat’s Hand Mousse at Laura’s shop because she did not have excema cream in stock – planning to go back later for the excema cream. But the hand mousse worked! And worked so well it was my hand’ s best condition in years. My post is almost empty so I will have to go and buy some soon. Give it a shot.
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  8. Laura says:

    Our excema cream may help – we also have a glycerine soap in the range that you can wash your hands with that may not dry them out so much!!

  9. blackhuff says:

    I so get what you say regarding the fact that you don’t touch certain surfaces with your hands. I’m like that too and if it is a stranger that wants to greet me by hand, I tend to not do so.
    No advice from me, sorry.

  10. alidaonline says:

    I have the whole eczema dry skin winter handjies thing and I found a lotion that actually seems to be doing the trick. E45 at Dischem. I found it with all the other body lotions. It’s light so doesn’t make your hands feel oily (which gives me the heebies).
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  11. Darla says:

    Uh my phone comments on the wrong post. You and I could share cocktails and cupcakes over our appropriate avoidance of dentists! I’m glad you have the Glugster taxi 🙂 sorry about the reschedule!!
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  12. Darla says:

    Sadly I don’t have a good suggestion! I have a huge germ phobia and am glad those sanitizer dispensers are every 2 feet in the hospital I work at. I wish they had them all over the shopping mall!!

  13. Angel says:

    Bobbi: I’ll have a look see if I can find it…
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  14. Bobbi says:

    No solution, can you get Aveeno over there? They make this amazing hand cream that my step mom uses and she has the same hand washing issue.
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