My Hands Are so Soft, Said No Nurse Ever! – Best Creams For Dry Skin

My Hands Are so Soft, Said No Nurse Ever! – Best Creams For Dry Skin

This is a major key issue in nursing: dry hands.

With the constant hand washing, the not-so-friendly gloves we have to wear all shift-long, it seems almost impossible for nurses to have soft hands!

Some of us have conditions like eczema that could be exacerbated by the alcohol-based products we have to clean our hands with.

And it’s worse during the winter months. Our hands can get very dry and crackly. Ever wondered hat’s the best hand cream for dry hands?

There has got to be something we can do about it!

I’ve experimented with a few balms and cream over the years, and I want to share with you some of the best hand creams for dry hands!



1. Vermont’s Original Bag Balm

No lie. This thing is You can use it for cracks hands and feet, hangnails, dry patches, callouses and you name it. I personally use it on my lips, hands and elbows. It soothes your skin almost instantaneously, and the dryness is a thing of the past. When I first bought it 2 years ago, I was scared it would smell like an old grandma medicinal ointment. And I won’t lie, there is a medicinal smell but it’s not too strong. But that’s subjective. What I can tell you is that once you see the terrific effect it will have on your cracked hands, you won’t mind the smell so much.




2. Miracle of Aloe Miracle Hand Cream

I’ve seen one of my coworkers use this cream in the past. She has some mild eczema on both of her hands, and is the only cream she’ll use on them without having any reaction. I’ve used some of it myself. What I like the most about this cream is the fact it contains aloe Vera. And it’s listed as the first ingredient, meaning it contains more of it than any other ingredient (in percentage) in this product. Aloe Vera is known for its soothing and healing properties. It can be used on burns or cracked area. It’s a thick cream, but not too sticky or greasy. The reason I say not too sticky is because, as some of you may know, Aloe Vera is sticky by nature. But this cream seems to have achieved a good balance between the Aloe Vera and the rest of its ingredients, so that the level of stickiness is normal…if that makes any sense. The brand also carries a Foot Repair Cream that could soothe your cracked feet too.


3. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

This cream has been conceived for the working hands. And not only the nursing ones, the handyman ones too! This hand cream is non-greasy, has no smell whatsoever and a little goes along the way. Since we nurses wash our hands often, this cream kind of act like a coat without making them sticky. It’s also a good hand cream for cracked hands. It’s not a 100% natural, but it does contain glycerin, which is a proven and effective moisturizer that works by helping your skin retain water or moisture if you prefer. Here’s a 2 for 1 option where you can get a foot cream too.


4. Burt’s Bees Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream

I love Burt’s Bees products. I’m a fan of their lipsticks, as they are 100% natural. If you prefer to go the natural route, Burt Bees won’t disappoint you. This hand cream is made of 99% natural hydrating ingredients. I love its non-greasy feel and its smell. It contains cupuacu butter, grapeseed and macadamia oils, with soothing and moisturizing properties. It’s also free of not so naturally-friendly ingredients like phthalates, parabens and petrolatum…aka Vaseline. Vaseline is so controversial. It acts as a barrier, almost like glycerin, so that your skin will have more ability to retain water. However, due to its risk of contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), some may see it as something to avoid. It’s because PAHs are cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products. So if petrolatum is an ingredient you try to avoid, and you’re looking for a natural dry skin relief cream, this one is perfect for you.


5. Eucerin Repair Hand Creme
Last but not least is an over the counter cream. This one you can find at your drug store. It’s the infamous Eucerin cream. Scent-free, moisturizing and price-friendly, this cream is well-re-known to keep hands crack-free. So if you’re looking for a cream that relieves dryness and itchiness, that keep your hands feeling great, at a cheaper price end… this one’s for you. But the price also tells you that it may not contain the all natural ingredients you’d find in a higher price cream… so it’s a quick fix that’s worth trying if you’re looking for that…a quick fix!

The key to relieve dry hand is not necessarily the product, but sometimes, it’s about reminding ourselves to apply hand cream at work. It’s as difficult as reminding ourselves to drink water. My advice? Remind yourself to put some lotion every time you’re going on break: coffee break, lunch break, supper break, and even after going to the bathroom. This will allow you to have a minimum of hand moisture during your shift!

Have you tried any of those listed above cream?

Any recommendation from your end?

RN Didi

6 thoughts on “My Hands Are so Soft, Said No Nurse Ever! – Best Creams For Dry Skin

  1. Hi Didi,
    Thanks so much for this post! I am a Medical Assistant in a physician’s office and am always washing my hands at work as well. I have been looking for something that will help with the dryness but have had no luck. I do have a slight case of eczema so using the sanitizer all the time as well is not helpful. All of the products you have suggested sound great. I think I will try the one with Aloe, as I love everything about Aloe! Thanks again:)

    1. Hi Katie,

      thanks for stopping by! I think you can’t go wrong with the Aloe Vera-based cream. It’ll soothe the dryness you’re experiencing. Let me know your thoughts about it once you’ve tried it 😉

      Again, thanks for stopping by!

      RN Didi

  2. I am not a nurse, but I continually have dry hands…and feet. My all time favorite is O’Keefe’s working hands. They also carry the version for the feet. I keep both on hand. As a matter of fact, my son put some in my stocking for me. I use it that much. I think it is a miracle lotion….and I have tried the others 🙂

    1. Hi Matt’s Mom,

      it’s so nice of your son to have thought about that! I like those kind of gifts: useful and convenient!

      I agree with you: it is a miracle lotion!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      RN Didi

  3. I’m not a nurse but hubbie and I have always got rough hands, especially at the moment. We have two pups and we’re for ever washing our hands and coming in wet from walking out in this horrid weather we have at the moment. After every walk we have to shower the mud of them.
    Out of interest, which one of these hand creams do you use the most?
    We may have trouble getting the exact same products here in the UK but I think something with Aloe Vera in it would be a good choice. Great post, thanks. Ches

    1. Hi Ches!

      I’ve tested them all but my favorite of all, that I use almost every day outside of work, would be the Miracle of Aloe Miracle hand cream. It is a light ceam and yet moisturizing. So many lotions or creams loose effect almost as soon as they hit your hands. Your hands become quickly dry, just as dry as before you applied that lotion. But not with this one, nor the other ones mentioned in this article. This is the one I use the most, but for you, given that you mention that your hands a bit on the rough side, you might want to check the O’Keeffe one, both your hubby and you will benefit from its glycerin-rich and moisturizing properties!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Take care,

      RN Didi

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