As we emerge (well almost) from the tail end of winter, are you finding that the skin on your hands is as rough as a badgers butt? Well, whilst I don’t exactly ‘expose my hands to the elements’ as I tap away at the computer, I have found that the colder months, coupled with my ‘bordering on obsessive’ hand washing (I have a dog, so it’s allowed), has left my paws overly dry, wrinkled and neglected.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is quite unlike any other hand cream I’ve tried before. Emblazoned with the slogan “GUARANTEED RELIEF FOR EXTREMELY DRY, CRACKED HANDS”, I was expecting the usual greasy or sticky formula that I would have to blot off prior to going about my business. However, this stuff does exactly what it says on the label and is “unscented, non-greasy and hypoallergenic”.
Whilst it might not be organic and, isn’t as ‘green’ as some of the other products I have a preference for (it contains mineral oil amongst some other slightly suspect ingredients), it does “instantly boost moisture levels; create a protective layer on the skin’s surface; and help prevent further moisture loss”. Given the very small amount required for effective application, I’m not overly worried about its lack of ‘clean’ and ‘green’ credentials. However, at the time of writing, I have approached O’Keeffe’s for further info on how they are able to guarantee the ‘cleanliness’ of the ingredients, thus minimising harm to the environment and, any potential allergenic responses in hoomans.
*O’Keeffe’s state that this product and its ingredients are not tested on animals* 🙂
Full list of ingredients :-0
Aqua; Glycerin; Stearic Acid; Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate; Propylene Glycol Octyldodecyl Stearate; Polyquaternium-10; Diazolidinyl Urea; Paraffin; Acrylates/Acrylamide Copolymer; Paraffinum Liquidum; Dimethicone; Sodium Hydroxide; Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate; Ceteth-10; Laureth-4; Polysorbate 85.
So, whilst this list doesn’t exactly have me clapping my dried out old prune hands together; over a period of a few days, I really noticed that they looked and felt noticeably more smooth and less wrinkled and, that the effects are long lasting, despite my repeated hand washing tendencies.
If it’s good enough for me…
It’s worth noting that as well as the regular retail outlets, this product is also sold in hardware stores for peeps that really work with their hands; like Mr Zodle, who makes furniture on a daily basis and has been applying this cream to his elephant hide shovels on a sporadic basis but is finding they are gradually starting to soften.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream comes in either an 85gm tube or, a 96gm jar; both priced at £7.99 and available from Boots, Amazon, Superdrug, Ocado, Target, Walmart and tradie hangouts such as Screwfix and Travis Perkins etc.
If you’re not 100% satisfied with the performance of their product, O’Keeffe’s will fully refund you the purchase price.
Put your hands together for O’Keeffe’s Working Hands!