Tips for speed healing your hands

I'm sure if you've had eczema or any other sort of inflammatory disorder on your hands, someone must've told you not to do dishes without gloves . If this is the first you're hearing about it: NEVER DO DISHES WITHOUT GLOVES. The harsh chemicals in dish-washing detergents are poison to sensitive skin. They irritate and dry out skin like there's no tomorrow, so always, ALWAYS wear gloves. I used to completely underestimate this tip and got too lazy to go get gloves when I had to wash anything. Now I leave the gloves in the drying rack with all the dishes, that way I can't possibly ignore them, plus the closer they are for the grab, the more likely I am to use them.

In this post, I wanted to go a step further and add a quick step to the glove tip . When my skin in already cracked with small bleeding cuts, I take half a pea size amount of A+D DIAPER RASH PREVENTION AND TREATMENT and use it as a hand moisturizer . Now if you think this is crazy, bear with me for a moment . If it works to heal rashes on babies' bums why wouldn't it work on your hands?
I've used zinc oxide ( that's in the A+D Treatment ) to help heal inflammatory outbreaks on my skin for over a decade, however, this can dry out the skin a bit so the A+D Prevention is a perfect addition and the two make a great combo. Also, some zinc oxide formulas are very thick and hard to spread so I specially like the A+D formula that is quite spreadable . Of course, you don't want to touch anything after you put these two product on your hand, that would make a mess out of anything . My trick is to use this combo just before I have to do dishes . The body heat that doesn't dissipate inside the gloves helps open up your pores so the product penetrates better. After 5-10 minutes of dish washing, the product is mostly absorbed and those little cuts already don't bother me so much .  You really only need a little bit though, the more you slather on your hands, the longer it will take to absorb . I've had these two tubes for about 2 years .

INGREDIENTS (PREVENTION): Petrolatum (53.4% - Skin Protectant), Lanolin (15.5% - Skin Protectant), Cod Liver Oil (contains Vitamin A & Vitamin D), Fragrance (Parfum), Light Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera)

INGREDIENTS (TREATMENT): Dimethicone (1%) (diaper rash cream), Zinc Oxide (10%) Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cod Liver Oil (contains vitamin a & vitamin d), Fragrance, Glyceryl Oleate, Light Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, paraffin, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Synthetic Beeswax, Water

PRICE (each): $5-6 (4oz or 113g)

CONS: They are both very thick products that don't absorb easily, thus the glove trick. Not natural products.

BOTTOM LINE:  Zinc oxide in A+D Treatment has amazing healing properties and when combined with the more hydrating, humectant A+D Prevention cream these products create a very effective combo for healing and restoring the integrity of your skin barrier. Super Sensitastic approved!

WHERE TO BUY: Drugstores in general (CVS, ,Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, etc).


  1. The A&D Ointment is a great suggestion. I have actually tried it, by accident, when I had some left over after putting it on my baby. It feels great on!

    1. Isn't it ?! I swear by this stuff, I'm so glad you like it too! I was worried it might seem too odd of a suggestion, lol! But I'm glad I'm not alone on this one ☺