As you’ll no doubt know, knitting can really dry out your hands. Constantly rubbing and touching yarns and knitting in the winter without gloves are the main offenders.
During a lengthly and stroppy transition from girl to lady I was always told, “a lady must take care of her hands”. I thought I was doing this pretty well, accounting for the fact that I had not lost any fingers. Now, I have a moisturisation station in every room and handbag!
Here are my findings for those on a modest budget with a moral conscience:
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. Perfect for just touching up the rough bits. It doesn’t go all oily and mark everything and has a really lovely subtly smell to it.
Neal’s Yard Geranium & Orange Hand cream – I just love the smell. There’s something about Geranium that’s clean but also delicious. The cream itself is also fantastic quality and is what I consider quite a treat!
Cheap and just as good ( = cheerful)
These are all high street hand creams, which are all under £5!
Superdrug’s Strengthens Nails cream is very thin, light and refreshing. It’s perfect to apply frequently without that sore, suffocating feeling of a more intense formula.
And most importantly, dries quickly so you can KEEP KNITTING.
Smells yummy. A little thick for my liking for frequent use if you have sensitive, thin skin. Ideal if you’ve just been outside for a few hours and need a heavy duty moisturiser to get to work ASAP.
This feels quite similar to the Superdrug moisturiser, but has a creamier texture, rather than feeling like water. It also smells of Magnolia, which I think is a very uplifting smell.
Personal favourite: Vitamin E from Superdrug
This smells so pleasantly fresh that it also makes your hands feel ultra clean. The chocolate ones, although lovely and comforting on a winter’s day/if you’re hungry, are not ideal for all year round. And although the main time for dry hands is winter, I still use them throughout the year.